Pressley favourite for Fleetwood job

Steven Pressley
Steven Pressley

Steven Pressley is now the clear favourite to be the new manager at Fleetwood Town.

The 41-year-old emerged as an unlikely frontrunner - bookmakers slashing odds on the Scottish defender to 1/6 tonight following a flood of activity.

Pressley, also a former assistant manager of the Scottish national team, wasn’t even on the radar until early afternoon. The former Sky Blues chief was due to work this week with Scotland’s Under-17 squad ahead of their UEFA championship qualifiers.

Pressley emerged as a clear candidate yesterday while other names distanced themselves from the role.

No approach is believed to have been made for Preston coach Steve Thompson, despite the former Blackpool number two having led the betting since Graham Alexander’s sacking last week.

Former Rotherham manager Steve Evans has done nothing to show his interest in the role - he may be holding out for a move to Town’s League One rivals Doncaster Rovers, where Darren Ferguson is also in the running to take charge.

Town might have had the money to attract Evans but their executive structure, with a director of football and technical director would have posed a significant stumbling block.

Neil Readfearn, another early contender is understood to be closing in on Evans’ old job at the New York Stadium.

Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman was another to quietly distance himself. Stanley have made a strong start to their League Two campaign and Coleman is understood to be fully focused on sustaining the challenge at the Crown Ground.

With his big money Sky TV deal former Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was always more of a wishful aspiration than a genuine target.

Should Pressley, most recently a scout for Premier League Southampton, be confirmed he will be second former Scottish international to have taken charge of Town. He played alongside former manager Graham Alexander a number of times.

Pressley’s appointment may come as a surprise to some, particularly given his departure from the Ricoh Arena - sacked in February after the club dropped into the relegation zone.

But Town may have been looking for a man willing to work with the current setup and financial constraints as well as buy into the philosophy of developing young talent.

They may also have been looking for a man capable of working alongside director of football Stuart Murdoch and technical director Gretar Steinnson - who had a significant influence in the club’s summer dealings.

It is not known whether the new manager, whether it is Pressley or not, would bring in his own backroom team, but the club would make a significant saving were the majority of staff to remain.

All of Graham Alexander’s main men are still in post at Highbury with the exception of performance analyst Mike Haines, who had already committed to joining Southampton before Alexander’s sacking.