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Appleton wants patience from fans

Michael Appleton

Michael Appleton

MICHAEL Appleton says he can understand some fans’ frustrations, but wants them to be patient as he rebuilds the club.

The Seasiders are currently 16th in the Championship after a shaky run of results under the new manager and previous boss Ian Holloway.

They are now unbeaten in five games, but have only managed maximum points in one of those.

Pool face bottom of the league side Peterborough this afternoon desperate to hand Appleton his first win as boss.

And the 36-year-old is desperate for patience from his supporters.

“I want to build something at Blackpool, but I want to build it with cement and concrete, not sand,” he said.

“Whatever we try to do here, you don’t want to be building it on quick sand.

“I can sort of understand the fans’ frustration, but part of me can’t. From an expectation point of view they are probably a little bit down.

“But they are probably down as they maybe have the wrong expectations.

“Would Ian Holloway have left a side which he really thought would get straight back into the Premier League?

“This is a transitional period, there’s a new manager, a lot of players and from my point of view I’ve got to get to grips with what needs to be done here.”

Pool remain in touch with the Championship’s play-off places, and only four wins from the top two. And the manager is convinced his side will soon start to pick up the wins they so desperately need.

He said: “I think we are playing quite well at the moment, but people are maybe getting a little frustrated that we are only getting points out of games.

“But that’s not down to lack of effort or attitude, we just need that bit of luck.”

Blackpool have 36 players out of contract at the end of the season, although 25 of those have options for a further year written into their deals.

And Appleton thinks it’s important fans realise there will be a lot of changes between now and the end of the season.

He said: “We have a lot of players up at the end of the season, so they’ll be a massive turnover between now and then end of the season.

“I want to build something at Blackpool, but I want to build it with cement and concrete, not sand. Whatever we try to do here, you don’t want to be building it on quick sand.”

Much has been made of the pitch at Bloomfield Road in the past week.

After two games in four days, the surface was described as ‘embarrassing’ by skipper Alex Baptiste who said Pool were looking forward to playing away from home.

And with the next couple of games away at Peterborough and Crystal Palace, Appleton agrees with his defender.

He said: “I agree that the lads will be looking forward to playing away.

“I genuinely think the lads will enjoy it.

“They’ll enjoying going somewhere where they can be solid, not give anything away and hit teams on the counter attack.”

 

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