Neil McDonald has begun the task of getting Blackpool back into the Championship.
The club were relegated after finishing bottom of the Championship in a highly disappointing campaign. Even though they were a Premier League outfit only a few years ago, bad management by the board has resulted in this extraordinary decline. The club has had six managers in just two and a half years and this is a perfect example of the gross mismanagement. However, McDonald is confident that he will be able to put together a promotion challenge with the right group of players.
Blackpool FC started off the 2014-15 Football Championship League by sustaining a 2-0 defeat against Nottingham Forest and things did not get any better as the season progressed and the only results that the team of Lee Clark could secure were either defeats or losses and it wasn’t until October 3 when the first victory was snatched as Blackpool claimed their first victory of the season with a 1-0 triumph over Cardiff City.
The manager of Blackpool FC, Lee Clark, reckons all the criticism that Jamie O’Hara has had to deal with over the last one year has fired him up and he is eager to prove a point to his critics.
O’Hara had fallen down the pecking order at Wolverhampton Wanderers the previous season because of poor fitness.
He was also criticized for not being serious about his game.
The Wolves even tried to get rid of him during the winters of 2014, but, there were no interests from the Championship or even the league one clubs.
Blackpool is currently located in the bottom spots of the English Championship League after only being able to win 2 matches out of the 24 games which have been played so far, it seems like relegation will be the future of Blackpool as it’s going to be tough for them to get out of those bottom spots.
Even with this abysmal string of performances that the squad is going through, there is another incident which is taking over the headlines of anything which is related to Blackpool and it’s the situation that is going on concerning the chairman of the club, Karl Oyston.
The Blackpool FC board has finally shown the door to the club boss Jose Riga.
The 57-year old Belgium international did not have too much success in charge of the Championship club. Out of the 15 games that he managed, Blackpool came out victorious in just one.
The current situation is that Blackpool is at the last position in the table with more than a quarter of the season being finished.
Now, to make sure that they don’t play in the third division next season, they will have to win most of their games.
Fulham’s new permanent manager Kit Symons says that he wants to take advantage of the poor form at Blackpool to get another three points for his club. Blackpool have become the latest Championship strugglers after losing four games on the bounce.
Theo Walcott’s injury has left him out of the playing grounds for a significantly long period of time as the injury that he picked up was in January and the English winger is expected to finally make his return on October, that’s over 7 months.
Jose Riga’s future at Blackpool looked uncertain a week ago when it was revealed that Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston had spoken with managers like Gary Rowett over the possibility of taking over. The Championship strugglers are just one place above the bottom of the table, but Riga has always sounded confident of getting the club out of trouble. The latest revelations, though, has put huge pressure Blackpool to come out and back their manager in public.
The Romanian winger Ciprian Marcia has said that Victor Piturca, the manager of his national side, has had the backing of the fans.
Piturca is in his third stint as Romania boss and he has not made the team do anything extraordinary so far. The Tricolorii couldn’t even qualify for the 2014 World Cup. They were impressive in patches, but, the end result was that they missed out on qualification.
Normally a couple of weeks before the start of a new season, the fans of every football club remain excited and optimistic, but, for the fans of Blackpool FC, the situation is a bit different right now. They are not filled with excitement at all and there is a reason behind it. The club which once used to play in the English top tier has not even had a full squad at this point of time.