Championship side Blackpool are pushing forward to name a replacement for Michael Appleton after being given permission to speak to Dundee United Manager Peter Houston.

After only appointing Appleton in November, he made a surprising move by leaving the club after only two months in charge for Blackburn Rovers.

Blackpool had asked to speak to Bradford City Manager Phil Parkinson, though he turned down the opportunity to focus on their forthcoming League Cup Semi-Final against Aston Villa.

Sean O’Driscoll was also spoken to regarding the vacant positon at Bloomfield Road, although turned down the position to join Bristol City.

Houston has an impressive track record in Scotland, by guiding his side to glory in the Scottish Cup, and also leading them into Europe three times since his appointment in 2009.

He is out of contract at the end of the season, and Blackpool have made their move quickly to bring him to England.

The confirmation of Blackpool’s approach and permission to speak to Peter Houston was via a Dundee United spokesperson, who also mentioned they won’t stand in the way of anyone furthering their career.