Coyle backed in for Blackpool job

  • Last Updated: November 3 2012, 17:05 GMT

Sky Bet have cut Owen Coyle into favouritism to become Blackpool boss following Ian Holloway's decision to join Crystal Palace.

Owen Coyle: Backed into favourite for Blackpool hot seat

The Seasiders have begun the search for a new man at the helm after Holloway's departure to take over the Eagles was confirmed on Saturday morning.

The online bookmaker opened betting with Steve Thompson as their 5/2 favourite but the Seasiders' assistant manager, who has been placed in charge of first-team affairs, soon drifted out to 5/1.

A flurry of bets then saw Paul Ince come in from 33/1 to 9/4 amid suggestions of a link-up with his son and the Seasiders' star man, Tom, but Coyle has since been backed heavily and by Saturday evening was the even-money favourite.

The firm's football trader Chris Spicer said: "We suspected that the cash-strapped club would give their assistant boss a chance after Holloway was lured away by Palace.

"Thompson has an intimate knowledge of the club having spent seven years as part of the backroom staff and is highly thought of, while he will obviously be a cheaper option.

"However, it is Coyle who has, somewhat surprisingly, been attracting a large slice of interest from our punters and is now the favourite."

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