BLACKPOOL supporters have sent a clear message to chairman Karl Oyston – sort it out!
The club have been without a manager for 12 days since Michael Appleton jumped ship to take over at Blackburn Rovers, and the Blackpool Supporters Association (BSA) have issued an urgent call for action.
Pool have seen a number of approaches for highly-rated managers fail, while Sean O’Driscoll turned the club down in favour of rock-bottom Bristol City and ex-Southampton boss Nigel Adkins has proved unwilling to enter into talks.
Without a win in eight league and cup games, Pool have tumbled to 15th in the Championship.
BSA chairman Glenn Bowley said: “These decisions need to be taken now, not tomorrow, not next week and certainly not after January 31, when the transfer window closes
“The search for a manager has been frustrating. Everyone knows the club really wanted Sean O’Driscoll but sadly he went to Bristol City.
“It needs sorting out as soon as is physically possible. We urgently need someone in and for him to be backed.”
Appleton said the squad required “four or five” additions to avoid a slide down the table. With nine days remaining in the window, none has arrived and the return of loan duo Nouha Dicko and Wes Thomas to their parent clubs has left the squad looking threadbare.
Caretaker boss Steve Thompson has tried this week to add strikers to his squad but has as yet had no joy.
Bowley said: “The concern is that the transfer window closes next week. With no disrespect to our current squad, we desperately need some players if we are to stay in the Championship.
“I don’t want to be negative but we are in a relegation battle at the moment.
“The lack of confidence is running through the supporters and morale is low among the players.”
Pool continue to talk to several managerial candidates but are struggling to find the right man, and there was no progress to report yesterday.
Bowley has called on the chairman to give the fans something to lift their spirits. “The club needs hope,” he said.
“The only person who can deliver that hope for us is the chairman.
“He needs to get the appointment right and to back the new manager.
“Whoever he chooses needs to be backed with at least a couple of permanent signings, then maybe a couple of loans.
“Once the manager is in place, the chairman needs to come out and talk to the fans, who are his customers.
“They are the people who really matter at this football club.
“All supporters need to know where we are heading, and what’s happening with the training ground and the pitch.
“The pitch is so poor it’s costing us points, though there may be very little we can do about it until the summer,
“The fans need to be reassured that the club will take action and get it right.
“Karl needs to talk to the fans. The fans pay their money every week, and Karl owes it to them to come out and tell them what’s going on.”