POOL will find out by the end of the week if they have qualified for the Europa League next season.
Zoltan Gera’s red card means the Seasiders may have leap-frogged Fulham in the Fair Play League.
The team who tops that gains an automatic place into Europe, even if they are relegated.
Seasiders secretary Matt Williams said it was important not to jump the gun, emphasising that the Fair Play League is decided on more than bookings and red cards. Williams said: “It all depends on the match delegates’ reports from the final two matches.
“They’ve still got outstanding reports from last week and from the United game to complete.
“It doesn’t just go off red and yellow cards – it goes off touchline behaviour and a number of other categories.
“I have spoken to the Premier League and they have got to get all the delegates’ reports checked and audited, and then they will release a statement by the end of the week.
“Anyone saying we are in the Europa League is being a bit premature. We will find out soon but we don’t know for sure.”
The fans will be delighted at the prospect of a European adventure, which will soften the blow of relegation a little. It will also be a nice little earner for the club, after missing out the £40m which staying in the Premier League would have given them.
However, whether manager Ian Holloway wants to be in the Europa League is a moot point.
It starts at the beginning of July. The manager believes his team needs a rest and a long summer break –
something that wouldn’t be possible should his side make Europe.
Holloway said: “I think we all need a break to be perfectly honest. We came into this league late and we are now going back into the Championship, which starts at least a week earlier than the Premier League,” he said.
“These lads are running on empty and I’m not sure being in Europe would be a good thing.”