columnist Steven Woodgate feels that it is time that Blackpool look to
bring in a permanent boss to salvage their Championship future.
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
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 rollercoaster on the town's
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
reinsuring 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
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, Micky 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.