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40-y/o rules himself out of the running for Blackpool managerial vacancy

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Blackpool have recently announced that they have parted company with Simon Grayson after a poor run of results. 

The Tangerines were beaten by Gillingham in midweek, which means they’ve only got one win to their name in their last 12 games in all competitions.

This dismal run of results has seen them slide down the League One table at an alarming rate, and they’re now 13 points adrift of the play-off places in the third-tier standings.

David Dunn has been appointed as Blackpool’s interim boss until they can find a permanent successor to Grayson.

Speaking in his first press conference as Blackpool’s interim manager (quotes sourced from the Blackpool Gazette), Dunn is keen to pick up positive results at the earliest of opportunities.

“The owner and (chief executive) Ben Mansford have just told me to take the reins and just to be positive and get as many points as I can. That’s what I’m going to do.”

But when quizzed on whether he would want to take the managerial vacancy on as a full-time role, Dunn officially ruled himself out of the running, and insisted that his long-term role is within coaching.

“I’ve no intention to become the manager. I’m enjoying my time back in football, it’s six weeks now being back on the grass and I want to coach.

“But in terms of being a manager, no I don’t want that.”

Dunn’s first game in charge of Blackpool is this weekend, when they take on Bristol Rovers, in what is certain to be a tricky test for the Tangerines.

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The Verdict: 

I’m surprised to hear him ruling himself out of the running for the full-time managerial vacancy.

Dunn knows the club well, and I think he could have been the ideal manager to take them forward, but he clearly doesn’t want the job permanently.

Blackpool have really struggled in recent weeks, and it came as no surprise to see them parting company with Simon Grayson recently.

If I were them, I’d be targeting someone like Nathan Jones as their first-choice managerial target, as he has experience of taking teams up the League One table, after an impressive spell with Luton Town earlier in his career.


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