Swans want eccentric Tangerines boss after Jones says no.
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Swansea City have turned their attentions to Blackpool boss Ian Holloway after Wigan assistant manager Graeme Jones rejected the chance to be their new manager.
The managerless South Wales club will make one last attempt to lure Jones, according to The Daily Star, but have identified Holloway should that fail.
However, Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is not optimistic, after Jones told the Premier League outfit he did not see himself as a manager and is happy at the DW Stadium as Roberto Martinez’s number two.
It is believed Jones is holding out for a bigger move with Martinez next summer. The Spaniard was interviewed for the Liverpool job last week but lost out to Brendan Rogers, who Holloway could now replace at the Liberty Stadium.
Holloway, 49, has seen his stock rise considerably in recent seasons, after guiding Blackpool to the Premier League in his first full season with the Tangerines in 2010. Although the Seasiders were relegated, they gained plaudits for their fearless approach and attacking brand of football.
Holloway nearly guided the club straight back to the Premier League last month, but lost in the play-off final to Sam Allardyce’s West Ham.
It is believed he is happy at Blackpool but would consider an offer to return to the top flight.
Jenkins is also considering Jose Ramon Sandoval, the Rayo Vellecano boss who managed to keep the minnows in La Liga last season, after an eight-year absence from the game.
Brighton manager Gus Poyet and Michael Laudrup also remain candidates with the bookies for the Liberty Stadium job.