After having reportedly had a resignation attempt rejected by chairman Karl Oyston last month, Blackpool manager Paul Ince is a contender to become the new England U21 coach, according to talkSPORT.

Ince, capped 53 times by England, only joined current club Blackpool in February after Michael Appleton left for Ince's former club Blackburn Rovers.

The main competition for the Under 21s job comes from the man who he replaced at Bloomfield Road: Michael Appleton.

Appleton is currently without a club after what can only be described as a 'hectic' season last year. He started off at cash-strapped Portsmouth then left for the Blackpool hot-seat. His tenure with the Seasiders lasted only 65 days before he packed his bags and left for Blackburn.

Appleton lasted longer at Blackburn and had a fruitless 67-day spell at Blackburn after winning only 26% of his 15 games in charge. The mere win percentage actually dwarfed his win percentage at Blackpool which was only 16% in his 12 game spell.

Ince and Appleton are currently among the favourites for the job, with former Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate also in the mix.

Former U21 manager, Peter Taylor, is also rumoured to be in the frame. The current U20 boss led the young Lions into an equally unsuccessful campaign as the Under 21s former boss Stuart Pearce.


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