Blackpool are 500/1 to win the Premier League next year. Which means if you put just £20 on them at the start of the season, you will lose £20.
You will probably call me a dour pessimist here, but all I’m doing is outlining a certain fact.
Following the mass scenes of euphoria sparked amongst supporters after the Seasider’s heroic Championship play-off success at Wembley; the club have hardly made strides to prove to fans that they are going to have a real go at “attacking” the Premier League, as Ian Holloway quoted after their leap into the big time.
But the facts make for painful reading: –
Let’s be frank, there is no chance Blackpool can stave off relegation with their current crop of players. The fact that last season’s promotion winning squad was mainly made up of loanees, makes the task seem even more of a mammoth one.
It is going to be a mission and a half trying to attract top-class players to the seaside resort.
DJ Campbell, who was instrumental in the club’s late surge to the play offs, was priced out of a move to Bloomfield Road by his parent club Leicester, along with Swansea’s Stephen Dobbie.
Scotland international Kirk Broadfoot also refused a move south of the border from Rangers, and a deal for Celtic’s Paddy McCourt looks to be dead in the water following the offer of a fresh contract from the Glasgow club.
Chairman Karl Oyston’s reluctance to part with his money is a major reason why bringing players to the club will prove to be a long and painful process, even after landing a £90million windfall following promotion to the Promised Land.
The fact that Francis Jeffers is now training with the club has really rubbed salt into the wounds of supporters.
If no quality players are snapped up soon, we can wave goodbye to our Premiership status as fast Oyston shuts his wallet in a crowded bar.
While Bloomfield Road still has three sides, the stadium is not up to Premiership standard. The first fixture of the season against Wigan which was scheduled to be played at home was switched to the DW stadium following the realisation that the fourth stand won’t be in place by the start of the season.
We must be the only club in the history of the Premiership not to have completed its stadium which quite frankly is an embarrassment and shows how unprofessional the club is.
Gaining promotion to the top flight was a miracle in itself for unfashionable Blackpool. Maintaining their Premiership status will take about 10 miracles combined!
Written By Tommy Wilson