Blackpool are continuing to search for a new permanent manager following the Tangerines’ decision to part company with Simon Grayson, following a poor run of form at the start of the New Year.
The Tangerines have been linked with an interest in former Stoke City and Luton Town manager Nathan Jones, and their chief executive Ben Mansford has outlined the club’s ambition to appoint a coach with experience of League One and success in building teams up over a period of time.
The latest name to be linked with the job is Oxford United manager Karl Robinson, but the League One club have rejected Blackpool’s approach for their manager, as they look to keep hold of him and make a push for the play-offs before the end of the season.
Here though, we take a look at TWO pros and TWO cons to Blackpool pursuing a move for Robinson…
Pro: Robinson’s experience of developing strong sides in League One
The main reason why Blackpool are interested in making Robinson their potential next permanent manager is down to his proven success in the English third tier, having had the experience of guiding MK Dons to promotion to the Championship during the 2014/15 season.
The 39-year-old was unable to keep MK Dons in the Championship in the 2015/16 season and has since gone onto takeover the managerial positions at Charlton Athletic and now Oxford, where he has once again demonstrated his ability to build a side capable of challenging for promotion this term.
Robinson guided Oxford to a respectable 12th place finish in League One last season, and has managed to build on that this campaign, with his side currently sitting in eighth place just a point adrift of the top six – and that suggests that were he to be appointed at Blackpool he could build a side capable of challenging for promotion.
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Pro: Robinson’s style of play
Another reason why Blackpool should consider pursuing a move for Robinson is because of the 39-year-old’s ability to implement a more attractive and attack minded style of play at Bloomfield Road, with the Tangerines having been guilty of playing negative football at times under Grayson, which prevented them from really controlling their matches.
Robinson’s Oxford side have scored the third most amount of goals in League One so far this campaign, behind only league leaders Rotherham United and Peterborough United, which demonstrates that he gives his players the freedom to express themselves in possession and in the attacking third.
That is something which Blackpool’s forward and midfield players could really benefit from over the next few years, and Robinson should also be able to improve the Tangerines’ ability to build the play through the thirds and retain possession better throughout matches.
Con: Oxford’s stance over Robinson
One of the reasons why Blackpool might be better off considering alternative options to Robinson is that Oxford appear to firm in their stance that they want to keep hold of the 39-year-old, which means that the Tangerines are going to find it a real challenge to convince their League One rivals to allow him to leave.
You can certainly understand why Oxford would be wanting to keep hold of Robinson, who has only just recently signed a new three-year deal with the club back in August, and they will believe he is the right manager to help guide the club to the Championship in the next few seasons.
Therefore, Blackpool could end up being frustrated in their efforts to bring Robinson to Bloomfield Road, which could mean they run the risk of missing out on other potential managers, so it could be wise to move on and focus on attracting another potential coach to the club.
Con: Cheaper alternatives
Were Blackpool to manage to secure Robinson as their next permanent manager it would likely see them having to pay a compensation fee to Oxford, given he has a three-year contract still left to run, which might potential take away some funds needed to potentially add to the squad in the summer.
Considering there are managers such as Nathan Jones who are currently out of work, Blackpool might be better off focusing on finding an alternative to Robinson who they could bring into the club cheaper and then provide them with more funds to develop the squad following the end of the season.