Blackpool will be looking to bring in a new manager as soon as possible following the Tangerines’ decision to part company with Simon Grayson this week.
Grayson had only returned to the club in the summer, and it was hoped that he could replicate the sort of success he had during his first spell at Bloomfield Road, but despite getting off to a positive start with Blackpool sitting as high as fourth place in League One in December, a run of just one win in ten league games since has seen the club decide a change was needed.
The Tangerines have now made former Stoke City manager Nathan Jones their first choice to replace Grayson, with Blackpool looking for a manager with experience in League One and hoping he will be willing to takeover, according to the Sun journalist Alan Nixon.
Here then, we take a look at THREE reasons why bringing in Jones to replace Grayson would make sense for Blackpool…
Jones’ ability to bring a more attractive playing style
One of the main criticisms that was thrown at Grayson during his second spell at Blackpool from the club’s supporters was the negative tactics that were implemented at times, with the Tangerines often starting matches in a positive fashion only to then sit deep after going ahead and allowing opponents to take control of the game.
That is something that Jones has shown that he does not like to do during his spells at Stoke and Luton Town, with both of those clubs attempting to play on the front-foot throughout the full ninety minutes during his time in charge, with a high press and high intensity one of his principle demands from his players.
Jones could therefore be the right manager to come in and instil a more attack-minded mentality into Blackpool’s players, with the former Stoke manager also encouraging his players to retain possession and build attacks through the thirds.
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Jones’ preferred system could suit Blackpool’s squad
Jones managed to achieve a lot of success during his spell at Luton with the use of a diamond midfield and two energetic and attack-minded full-backs getting forwards and supplying the width, and that set up got the very best out of his squad and helped the club climb to the top of the League One table, before he left for Stoke.
The former Stoke boss tried to implement a similar system during his time in charge of the Potters, but he was unable to really manage to get them playing the system to the sort of level he had done with Luton, largely due to having a lot of players who were not really suited to playing in that shape.
Things could be a lot different at Blackpool, with the Tangerines appearing to have players who could well suit that sort of system, with both Alex Turton and Marc Bola capable of offering the width going forwards from the full-back positions and their midfield and forwards are suited to pressing high up the pitch.
Proven League One experience
One of the main things that Blackpool will be needing from any new manager is proven experience of getting a side to perform consistently in League One, which he showed that he has the ability to do during his time in charge of Luton.
Before he left to take charge of Stoke, Jones had managed to turn Luton into one of the most effective sides in the division, and the Hatters were well on their way to securing automatic promotion to the Championship before his departure from the club.
That suggests that given time at Bloomfield Road he could potentially help to get the best out the Tangerines’ squad, and could help the club to mount a challenge for promotion to the Championship next season.