Blackpool have recently announced that they have parted company with Simon Grayson after a poor run of results in League One.
The Tangerines are currently sat 15th in third-tier standings, and plenty of the Bloomfield Road faithful will be pleased to see that their calls for him to be dismissed have been answered.
Blackpool have had just one win in their last 12 games in all competitions, which has seen them fall out of contention to challenge for the play-off positions this term.
They now find themselves 13 points adrift of the play-off places, and any hope of them finishing inside the top-six was surely gone after they were beaten at home by Gillingham in Grayson’s final game in charge.
David Dunn has been appointed as Blackpool’s interim manager, although it remains to be seen as to how long that will be for as the Tangerines look to appoint a permanent boss in the near future.
We look at THREE managers that Blackpool must consider appointing as Grayson’s replacement.
Jones’ last spell in management was a disappointing time with Championship side Stoke City.
He struggled for any sort of consistency with the Potters, and was dismissed from his role in charge back in November 2019, and he could be tempted by a relatively swift return to management.
Jones has experience of guiding teams up the League One table, having played his part in helping Luton Town win promotion into the Championship last term.
So, a move to Blackpool could be the ideal move for Jones to get his career back on track.
Heckingbottom has been out of work since November 2019 when he was sacked from his role at Scottish side Hibernian.
He has experience in League One, having guided Barnsley to promotion into the Championship via the play-offs in the 2015/16 season.
So, Blackpool would be foolish to not consider a manager of his experience at this level, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see him appointed in the near future.
Heckingbottom’s managerial career has somewhat stalled in recent seasons at the likes of Leeds United, and Hibernian, but he’s previously shown in the past that he could be the manager to take a club in League One forward in the future.
Artell is currently the manager of Crewe Alexandra, and could be targeted by Blackpool after an impressive season to date in League Two.
Crewe are currently sat second in the League Two table at the moment, and you have to feel as though it would take a lot of convincing from Blackpool to tempt him with a move to Bloomfield Road.
Artell has been in charge with Crewe since 2017, and this is his first managerial job, so he’s certainly a manager to keep an eye on after the success he’s had in the early stages of his career.
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