There has been a lot of negative talk coming out of Bloomfield Road before this League One campaign started, but what can anyone else expect? The club simply give nothing positive for fans and pundits alike to discuss.
Pool are rock bottom of League One with the worst record in the entire Football League (one point, conceding nine goals in the process).
It’s taken almost six weeks, but the toll this job carries has started to show on manager Neil McDonald. Following the club’s latest embarrassing defeat, a 4-0 battering at home to Walsall, McDonald ditched the “come and back us”, “we’ve been unlucky” post-match rhetoric and admitted that his side is “just not good enough”.
The fact that McDonald stated that he wants his Blackpool team to “aspire to play like Walsall” shows just how far this once proud club has fallen in recent years.
A miserable run of just seven wins from the last 82, yes that’s 82 (!), league and cup games shows no sign of changing soon. The club’s last win away from home was towards the back end of the 2013/14 campaign.
But what we are now seeing with McDonald should be no surprise to those who follow the club closely. He is just the latest victim to fall under the Oyston trap. At one point this summer, McDonald was talking about bringing in “seven or eight” new players to improve his squad, but after the Walsall defeat this number had been reduced to a measly “two”.
I haven’t been to a Blackpool game this season, but even I am aware that we need more than two players to sort this mess out. According to McDonald it was “men against boys” last Saturday, and that is completely true. Our squad has an average age of 22, so we’re bound to be outplayed, both mentally and physically, every week.
Yet again the manager is not getting the backing he needs from above. As sad as this is, it is only to be expected. I’m sure Ian Holloway, Michael Appleton, Paul Ince, Barry Ferguson, Jose Riga and Lee Clark have all shared McDonald’s needs and wishes.
What I can’t get my head around is the people who still go to Bloomfield Road and fund the Oyston regime. The ‘happy clappers’ who will ‘back the boys’ every week, buy a programme and a pie, and leave early to beat the ‘rush’ of 3,000 fans leaving the ground.
To borrow and Nigel Pearson quote, these people must be ostriches. How can they be so naïve? Go to away games by all means, but please make sure you pay on the gate. Do not continue to fund this regime.
A full boycott of Oyston owned and associated businesses will be the only way to get our club back. Look at our shirt sponsor, Village Hotels. The season isn’t even a month old yet they’ve already realised they made a “mistake” in sponsoring the club and won’t be renewing next season if the Oyston’s remain.
In his latest open letter to Blackpool Supporters Trust, owner Owen Oyston claimed that he is a “true fan” of the club. But what “true fan” would sit back and allow his club to disintegrate in front of his eyes, when he is the one who can put a stop it?