Charlie Adam has described Blackpool’s plight as “desperate” and called for “big changes” at his former club.
The Seasiders legend enjoyed an incredible two and a half years at the club, captaining Ian Holloway’s side to promotion to the Premier League and eventually joining Liverpool for £8m.
The 30-year-old has spent the past four seasons with Stoke City but remains a Fylde coast resident and still has a huge interest in events at Bloomfield Road.
After a third relegation in six years left Pool in League Two, Adam spoke of his sadness at the situation.
“It’s a massive disappointment to everyone connected to the club, all of us,” he said.
“I’d like to see it change – it has to change. Something has to be done. I’m not sure what, but something.
“I follow the Blackpool story through The Gazette and it’s so sad to see.
“Blackpool is a great club. I really enjoyed my time there.
“I just hope it turns around and quickly. The club and the fans deserve better.”
Owen Oyston stated last week that Blackpool went into the Premier League with “one of the lowest wage bills ever”, and Adam was part of that side which earned the club a huge cash windfall.
And after seeing the Premier League dream become a nightmare, the Scot said: “You can talk about other clubs Blackpool could have modelled themselves on when they got to the Premier League.
“We should be looking at Blackpool now and comparing them to the likes of Southampton, Burnley and Swansea, who have all come up since.
“Southampton were in League One when we were in the Premier League at Blackpool and it’s flipped totally the opposite way.”
It’s been a crazy ride for Pool since Adam left in the summer of 2011, with their attendances and league position tumbling.
And with the club now in the Football League’s bottom tier, Adam hopes the correct changes will be made to sort it out.
“Something has to give at Blackpool,” he said. “They’ve gone through six managers since Ian Holloway left – that’s not good enough.
“The club needs a proper infrastructure and things have to change. Let’s see if they do.
“At the moment the club is in a desperate situation and it’s very sad to see.”