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Ferguson odds-on, but Coyle best option to replace Ince at Blackpool

| 23.01.2014

Nine defeats in 10 games in all competitions have brought down the curtain on Paul Ince’s time as Blackpool manager and given that chairman Karl Oyston hasn’t sacked any of his bosses since 2005, it is a statement of how successful Ince was that is has gone inside 12 months.

No wins since November is clearly worrying form and based on the next Blackpool manager betting, it is Barry Ferguson that is heavily fancied to take over.

Ferguson is set to take temporary charge in a caretaker capacity and given that he will be a cheap appointment, there is a strong case to be made in his favour at 1/2.

It is a fruity market below Ferguson to take over at Blackpool, with Micky Mellon and Michael Appleton next in the betting at 6/1.

Mellon played over 100 times for Blackpool in the 1990s and has more experience than Ferguson in a management capacity, having managed Fleetwood for four seasons and overseeing their promotion to the Football League.

Appleton stuck it out for 11 games in 65 days in his previous stint as Blackpool manager before jumping ship to Blackburn and it could be seen as a positive and a negative that he will know the constraints of the club if he is to come back.

Owen Coyle is one of the more interesting names in the market at 10/1, having already started his managerial tour around the north west with Burnley, Bolton and Wigan.

Coyle may have ultimately flopped in his last gig at Wigan, but he would bring Premier League managerial experience to Bloomfield Road.

Elsewhere in the betting is Mike Phelan at 10/1, while Dave Jones and Dean Saunders are priced at 16/1 and Steve Lomas offered at 33/1.

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