Urgent Talks

SIMON Grayson has had face to face talks with Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston and Latvian director Normunds Malnaks about the poor start to the season.

But the Pool manager says the view in the boardroom is the same as his – success was never going to happen overnight and there is no need for kneejerk reactions.

However, Grayson's hopes of adding to this week's capture of striker Andy Morrell ahead of tomorrow's trip to Bristol City look doomed.

There have been hold-ups in the deals for Ben Burgess, Danny Carlton and a Championship midfielder, though it doesn't mean the transfers are dead in the water.

"As I've said many a time, these things aren't straightforward," said Grayson.

"The offer for Ben Burgess has been on the table for a while and we are waiting for Hull to make a decision.

"But if they don't happen this week we try again next week and I'm still hoping we can complete them."

Morecambe have confirmed that Pool have improved their offer for striker Carlton.

After three successive defeats Grayson is anxious for a result at Ashton Gate to ease the pressure.

Some fans are already speculating about how long the manager will be given to get things right, but Grayson is confident he's got backing from above.

"The chairman and Normunds are of the same view as me," said Grayson, who welcomes back Marcus Bean and Marc Joseph tomorrow.

"They were aware that we had to be patient and that it wasn't going to happen overnight. They know that so many new players would take time to gel. I know there isn't a great length of time – that's the nature of football – so I'm aware I have to do things as quickly as I can.

"We do need to get results quickly, I'm fully aware of that. But it will be so much easier if we all stick together and see where we are in 10 or 15 games."

Asked if there had been a concern about Valery Belokon's much-publicised arrival raising expectation levels dangerously high, Grayson said: "Too right there was. I've tried to play it down from day one.

"Since the deal with Mr Belokon was concluded I have tried to make it clear that this isn't going to happen overnight.

"It will happen in four to five years that the club will progress, but I ain't got a magic wand to suddenly change a side that has been in the bottom half of the division for the last four years into a Championship team overnight.

"You need some progression and stability. You can't make kneejerk reactions.

"If people get on the backs of players we will be in exactly the same position as last year.

"The players will be afraid of playing at home, their confidence will be drained and we will be back to square one.

"We all have to have patience. We are working as a group of players and as a staff to make sure that we can do as well as we can. If that's finishing 10th in the division, then that's progress.

"I don't want to do that, of course. I want to finish top-six if we can. But top 10 is not being pessimistic, it's being realistic."

A point would be a start. If Pool lose again tomorrow it will be the first time for 106 years they have lost their opening four league games (see page 36).

Grayson also reiterated that Keigan Parker is going nowhere and the frontman is hoping for a recall alongside new boy Morrell tomorrow.

* Lewis Edge has been recalled from his loan spell at Rochdale and will be on the bench as cover for first-choice keeper Rhys Evans tomorrow. That's because Lee Jones is out for another two to three weeks with a thumb injury.

steve.canavan@ blackpoolgazette.co.uk