Doncaster Rovers: Brian Flynn top of Blackpool wanted list after talks with Karl Oyston

Brian Flynn and James Coppinger celebrate promotion in 2013.
Brian Flynn and James Coppinger celebrate promotion in 2013.
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Brian Flynn is set to be offered the chance to become the next permanent boss of Blackpool.

The 58-year-old held talks with Tangerines chairman Karl Oyston last week.

And, according to reports in the North West, Doncaster’s director of football is now in pole position to take over at Bloomfield Road.

Flynn is one of six candidates who have spoken to Oyston since temporary boss Barry Ferguson left the Championship club three weeks ago. Dundee United’s Jackie McNamara and Dutchman Ricardo Moniz are also thought to be in the running.

But Flynn’s impressive contacts book and his availability - with Rovers unlikely to stand in his way nor demand compensation - make him a stand-out contender.

The Welshman has become something of a peripheral figure at Doncaster since teaming up with Rob Jones to guide the club to the League One title a year ago.

Contrary to reports elsewhere, Flynn did not turn down the chance of continuing in the Rovers hot seat in favour of a move ‘upstairs’; Paul Dickov was always the board’s preferred choice to take the reigns last summer.

The arrival of Dickov, Brian Horton and Paul Butler has since pushed Flynn way down the pecking order when it comes to first team affairs - and the opportunity to the manage in the second tier is likely to be too good to turn down for the former Wrexham and Swansea boss.

Blackpool currently have just six contracted players on their books. Betting on their next manager was suspended yesterday. Flynn’s odds tumbled from 25/1 to 8/11 on Sunday.

Rovers declined to comment.