World Football

No Pleasure at Blackpool Beaches

Steven WoodgateCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2009

Blackpool sit elegantly on the profoundly known ‘pleasure beach’, but down the road at Bloomfield Road the football team is anything but pleasurable. Inconsistency is a virtue and frankly, Blackpool have none.

A poor February has caused the Seasiders to freefall into a relegation scrap and they face the prospect of playing some very difficult teams soon.

Caretaker boss Tony Parkes can’t be happy with the current state of affairs as he tries to rebuild the team’s spirit and confidence in what will be a very difficult last third of the season.

The surprise departure of previous manager Simon Grayson to Leeds United caused results to be akin to the roller coaster on the town’s pleasure beach.

The ups and downs of results include two wins, three draws and five defeats in their last ten games leaves a lot to the imagination. More worryingly for Blackpool, it has been three defeats in the last three games—the latter coming at home to Watford, who sits agonisingly below them.

This season results have varied from a comfortable and re-insuring 2-0 win over promotion chasing Birmingham City to a measly 1-0 defeat to Torquay United in the FA cup. Huge dips and dives.

Goals have been hard to come by as Ben Burgess have topped scored with six and the only other notable goal scorers have come in the form of Alan Gow and Gareth Taylor-Fletcher with five apiece. Hardly thrilling stuff.  

The board don’t seem to be much bothered in recruiting a new manager as they have looked like they have gave Parkes the burden of keeping Blackpool in the Championship.

It must be essential to recruit a manager sooner rather than later as Parkes is hardly considered as a long-term fixture.

Obviously Blackpool are a team with limited funds and have a stadium capacity of only 9,650 (expansion and construction is pending) so it’s hardly appealing for many who are unemployed out there.

Big-time managers wouldn’t look favourably on accepting a job of this calibre, Mickey Adams and Glenn Roeder are currently unattached and would possibly be interested.

Simon Grayson did wonders and proved to be a very good young manager, perhaps Blackpool are looking for the next young spark to relight the ‘pleasure’ at Bloomfield Road.

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