Keith Southern: Former Blackpool midfielder keen on managerial vacancy

Keith Southern
Keith Southern made 375 appearances for Blackpool across 10 seasons

Former Tangerines midfielder Keith Southern is keen on the Blackpool manager post, and says an appointment with the club at heart is required.

Blackpool dropped into League Two having lost four of their final five games, leading to the departure of manager Neil McDonald on Wednesday.

Southern is a favourite at Bloomfield Road, with 375 appearances in 10 years.

"I've made no secret it's the path I want to go down," Southern told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I'm a good way into my coaching badges, I ultimately want to become a manager or a coach and it's something I'm looking to do in the near future - whether it's Blackpool or somewhere else.

"I've spent the last two or three years building up to a moment where I could take an opportunity on if it was presented to me, but ultimately it's up to Mr Oyston [Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston] to decide.

"I think it should be a person who has the club at heart, knows the club inside out and cares about the club ultimately."

The Seasiders' slide to League Two

Blackpool players
Blackpool were relegated from League One along with Doncaster, Colchester and Crewe

After leaving Everton without making an appearance in 2002, Gateshead-born Southern made a career as a combative midfielder and helped the club into the Premier League before eventually leaving the club in 2012.

It is only five years since the Seasiders were relegated after a battle to avoid the drop from the top flight - and they will now begin next season in the bottom tier.

Since Ian Holloway left in November 2012 with the team in the Championship, there have been seven managers pass through the office.

McDonald took over last summer after Lee Clark was unable to steer Blackpool away from League One, and back-to-back relegations have followed.

"They've appointed too many managers that weren't right for the job," said former striker Ben Burgess. "That's the main problem, it's not great chopping and changing.

"But if the manager is not right then there's only one way to go. It's proven this wasn't the right job, at no point did he say he didn't get the backing, but there was still a dismal season.

"He brought in all the players he wanted to, said he had support and still produced a very poor season."

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