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Will 8 be the magic number for Blackpool?

Tuesday 15th July 2014
There have been a number of articles written this week about the goings-on, or lack of, on the Fylde Coast, Jack Critchley shares his thoughts on the goings on Blackpool and there less than swelling ranks.

It wasn't long ago that Blackpool Football Club were described as 'a breath of fresh air' and were lighting up the Premier League with a sea of tangerine. Now, they are 6/4 favourites to be relegated from the Championship and it's easy to see why.

As the title of the article suggests, with just over 3 weeks until the season kicks off, Blackpool cannot currently boast a starting 11 whilst filling a subs bench simply a pipe dream.

Chairman Karl Oyston has described it as 'an opportunity' rather than a worry, but the fans don't seem to agree.

It took 59 days to appoint Jose Riga following the sacking of Paul Ince and he has yet to speak to the media or the fans since his appointment, but for anyone worried about his commitment, he has been pictured sporting a tangerine tie.

Rumours abound of a standoff between manager and chairman over transfer funds and his two assistants are yet to sign contracts despite appearing to partake in coaching sessions. A vast number of squad players have been released whilst the majority of those whose contracts have expired, have moved elsewhere. The squad breakdown is four strikers, three defenders and one midfielder as you can see from that there appears to be one crucial cog of any squad missing from Bloomfield Road and he is the man who stands between the sticks.

The Blackpool Eight

The eight players that are currently contracted at Blackpool are:

Defenders : Gary MacKenzie, Tony McMahon, Charles Dunne

Midfielder : David Perkins

Forwards : Steven Davies, Bobby Grant, Sergei Zenjov, Tom Barkhuizen

There are a number of trialists and a friendly against Penrith on Saturday in which the Tangerines can go some way to preparing for the opening day fixture against Nottingham Forest. But it's looking bleak and with the three teams arriving from League One looking significantly stronger than the triumvirate they replaced, it could be a long hard slog for Blackpool.

A number of former players including the recently departed Matt Gilks and Alex Baptiste have express their worries and fears for the club which surely can't be a good sign whilst the only signing so is an untested Estonian Striker.

There is a lot more to be said about the situation and most of it can be found online across a number of publications although the Blackpool Gazette are finding it increasingly difficult to communicate with the club and the increasingly exasperated Will Watt is coming under fire on messageboards for the lack of breakthrough stories, but all does not seem well in West Lancashire and come May, I wouldn't be surprised to see them propping up the table.
Jack Critchley
Blackpool fan who enjoys a spot of the football league. I follow Championship through to League Two.

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