Date: 19th May 2009 at 1:16pm
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Former Clarets player,Steve Thompson is third favourite to take over the manager’s role at Bloomfield Road following the departure of caretaker manager, Tony Parkes. He is currently assistant caretaker manager at Bloomfield Road.

In a list provided by bookies,Victor Chandler,Ian Holloway is favourite at 5/2 with Steve Thompson at 3/1.

The former Bolton and Luton midfielder, Steve Thompson moved from Leicester City to Burnley in February 1995 for a £200,000 transfer fee. He made 49 league appearances, scoring one goal before leaving at the end of the 1996-97 season to join Rotherham United. He also played for Halifax Town and Leigh RMI towards the end of his playing career.

Thompson started coaching with the Centre of Excellence at Blackpool and became Head of Youth Department in 2005.

He became first team coach in 2006 under Simon Grayson and helped the team with promotion to the Championship in 2006-7.In March 2008 he signed a new two year extension to his contract at Bloomfield Road

In December 2008 after Grayson left for Leeds United, Thompson now 44 became the assistant manager on a caretaker basis, with Tony Parkes as the caretaker manager.

Tony Parkes left Blackpool this week after a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston.

‘He wanted to spend more time with his family and have a break from football,’ Oyston told the club website.

Thompson though faces competition from a number of managers seeking a new role. Ian Holloway is the favourite but also in the list are former Clarets gaffers, Stan Ternent and Steve Cotterill both at 12/1