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Sunday, 26 October 2014

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Fledgling Cumbrian manager laughs off links with Blackpool job

Fledgling manager Stuart Green has laughed off claims that he is a contender for the hotseat at his former club Blackpool.

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Stuart Green

The 31-year-old ex-Carlisle United and Workington Reds midfielder has been linked with the post on a Blackpool fans’ website.

And while the Cumbrian, in charge of Northern League Whitehaven Amateurs, his home-town club, is ambitious in time to hit the heights, he does not expect to be a contender for the vacant Bloomfield Road job.

“I’ve heard absolutely nothing,” Green said. “I would have said it is just a rumour. I would presume it is just fans talking – more of a joke than anything. It’s great recognition for our football club, even though it’s nonsense.

“My time at Blackpool wasn’t a good time. But having said that, they are a terrific little club and the fans are very passionate.

“Steve Thompson is looking after the first-team at the moment and it would be great if he got the job. Whether it’s a long time in the future, I do want to progress my career.

“I’ve learned from some terrific managers and taken the good things from them and stored them in my head. The not so good things, you forget about.

“I want to get to the highest level I can, but I’m happy doing what I’m doing and have a terrific group of players. I do want to manage at the top level one day.”

Green spent 18 months with Blackpool as a player and is carving out a strong reputation in his first season as a manager at Whitehaven.

He joined the Seasiders in 2008, though revealed he had serious off-field concerns on his mind at the time.

“I was at Crystal Palace and coming to the end with Neil Warnock, who I had a great relationship with,” said Green, who started his career at Newcastle United.

“I had the chance to stay in London with some good clubs, but my mum was really ill and I wanted to be near her, so I moved to Blackpool.”

The Blackpool job is up for grabs after Michael Appleton quit to take charge of Lancashire rivals Blackburn.

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A sensible response from young Green. I don't know what FA coaching badges he has attained to date but even with a pocketful of those he is up against the inner circle. Have you noticed how the majority of football managers in the upper two tiers of English football i.e. The Premiership and Championship that lose their jobs, invariably end up in employment at another club in that cliche. It is almost a closed shop and to suggest that Blackpool will break the mould and appoint Stuart Green, irrespective of his ability and potential, is poppycock. Keep learning your trade young man, time is on your side.

Posted by Hughie Tinker on 23 January 2013 at 18:26

I would stay where you are Stuart at a club with a future, The pool are in decline & the dream is over, at least Whitehaven can still dream of 'one day'.

Posted by Daz McK on 21 January 2013 at 18:46

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