Doncaster Rovers: Brian Flynn new favourite for Blackpool job

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Brian Flynn has emerged as a surprise contender to become the next manager of Blackpool.

Doncaster’s director of football was backed into an odds-on favourite for the job on Sunday.

Flynn’s odds tumbled from 25/1 to 8/11 to take over at Bloomfield Road.

The Tangerines are searching for a new manager after caretaker boss Barry Ferguson left the club earlier this month.

Welshman Flynn, 58, has become something of a peripheral figure at Rovers since guiding them to the League One title a year ago.

The former Wales U21 boss was a figurehead for the club’s new reserve team last season and tasked with developing Doncaster’s youngsters.

But his time spent on the training ground seemed to be eaten up more and more by various scouting missions across the country as the campaign wore on.

Doncaster insisted Flynn was happy to move ‘upstairs’ following the arrival of Paul Dickov last summer.

But the experienced Welshman had previously stated his interest in continuing as manager having stepped into the breach left by Dean Saunders’ exit to Wolves - so a return to the cut and thrust of first team management might appeal to the former Wrexham and Swansea boss.

Flynn is based in Burnley so a switch to Blackpool would also cut down travelling time.

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is understood to have compiled a shortlist of half a dozen candidates. He intends on speaking to each contender face-to-face and is thought to have met with two potential candidates last week.

Ricardo Moniz (2/1) and Mike Phelan (3/1) are fellow short price favourites with the bookmakers.

Former Rovers boss Sean O’Driscoll is priced 11/1, while current manager Paul Dickov is a 20/1 shot.