STEVE Thompson hopes Blackpool’s win over Wolves will strengthen his bid for the permanent manager’s job.
Tom Ince’s brace set up a 2-1 win over Championship strugglers Wolves last weekend, who had led through Sylvan Ebanks-Blake.
Thompson is in his second spell as the Tangerines’ caretaker boss this season, taking over from first Ian Holloway and then Michael Appleton, and is desperate to impress chairman Karl Oyston.
He said: “I have always said that I am ready to be a number one. I would be chuffed to bits.
“It is not going to do me any harm to get results but at the end of the day it is Karl’s choice. He will do what is best for Blackpool.
“If it is me, fantastic. If it is not I will just hold the fort until somebody else comes in.”
It was Dean Saunders’ first defeat as Wolves boss but the former Doncaster Rovers chief said: “I will probably learn more from that than if we had won 2-1.
“I have got to put things right and I will give the players a chance to do it themselves and if not I have to replace them as there are lots of little mistakes going on.”
Birmingham boss Lee Clark admitted after the 2-1 win over Burnley that he will have to sell players before Thursday’s transfer deadline.
Goalscorers Curtis Davies and Marlon King are among those linked with moves away from cash-strapped Blues and Clark said: “We need to do something in terms of players outgoing to keep us going.
“For a couple of days it will be tough, but come Thursday night I will know what I am doing. The toughest thing at the moment is that I cannot go after the targets I want.”
Gianfranco Zola is desperate to keep Matej Vydra at Watford after the Czech striker scored twice in the Hornets’ 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest, which took them fourth in the table, and set up the other goal for Troy Deeney.
Zola said: “I am not surprised other clubs are supposed to be interested in him because he is a fine player with a great attitude. But he wants to keep learning and I think he feels he is with the best club to do that at this stage of his career. We are fortunate that we have a very good partnership up front in Matej and Troy Deeney.”
Furious Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy admitted in an expletive-laden press conference that Town’s 2-1 defeat at Bristol City had left “a black cloud hanging over” his his weekend.
Robins boss Sean O’Driscoll was cautious in his optimism after Jon Stead’s late goal, saying: “It was so important to get a home win on the board after the lads had been beaten 4-0 by Leicester last time they played here.”