Houston in dark over Blackpool

Dundee United manager Peter Houston insists he remains in the

dark over Blackpool’s approach to make him their new boss.

On Monday morning, United granted Houston permission to speak to

the managerless Seasiders, who are looking for their third manager

this season after Michael Appleton left for Blackburn 66 days on

from succeeding Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway at Bloomfield


News of the approach went public but Houston claims Blackpool

chairman Karl Oyston then failed to make contact with him.

“I’m the innocent party here as far as Blackpool are concerned,”

said the 54-year-old, who announced on Thursday he would leave

Tannadice at the end of the season.

“The chairman said Mr (Karl) Oyston had contacted him and asked

for permission to speak to me. My agent John Colquhoun said the

same thing.

“At no time in my career as a manager at Dundee United have I

applied for any jobs. John never put me in for the Blackpool job or

phoned Karl Oyston.

“I was told by the chairman and my agent that permission had

been granted for the Blackpool thing. Fine – you show respect and I

would have been happy to listen but I never got the phone call. I

never got a reason for that.

“Perhaps part of the reason was that the furore that was in the

newspapers and on TV the next day put Mr Oyston off. I might be


“I see no reason why you ask for permission and then I don’t get

a phone call – even to say you’ve changed your mind and you’re

going down a different route.”