Dundee United grant Blackpool permission to speak to boss Peter Houston

Houston would replace Michael Appleton, who was only in charge at Blackpool for 12 games. Photo: PA

Dundee United have granted permission to Blackpool to speak to their boss Peter Houston over their managerial vacancy.

The former Scotland assistant coach is wanted by the English Championship club, who lost Michael Appleton to Blackburn Rovers last week.

Appleton had only been in charge at Bloomfield Road since early November, replacing Ian Holloway. The one-time Portsmouth boss was tempted to Ewood Park after just two months in charge.

Houston, 54, has been manager at Dundee United since December 2009, initially taking over from Craig Levein on a caretaker basis.

After winning the Scottish Cup and leading the team to a third place finish in the SPL six months later, he was appointed permanent boss at Tannadice.

He has led the side to European qualification in the last two seasons as well, finishing fourth in the table in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

The former Hearts and Leicester coach has taken charge of 147 games at Dundee United, winning 62.

He has presided over 43 draws and 42 defeats, giving him a win percentage of 42.18%.

Houston, a striker with Albion Rovers and Falkirk amongst others during his playing career, has a contract with the Terrors until the end of the season, with no extension agreed as yet.