Boss brands Pool critics ‘disrespectful’

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Neil McDonald has described criticism of his Blackpool squad as ‘disrespectful’ as his search for new additions rumbles on.

The Seasiders, rock bottom of League One, have spent the last week talking to a number of players about moves to Bloomfield Road, but as yet have struggled to add to their numbers.

Despite all the problems, McDonald insists his squad will come good and hit out at the doubters.

“It’s a little disrespectful,” he said when asked again about the potential of new signings.

“The players are giving everything they’ve got at the moment but aren’t getting their just rewards.

“Not everyone is writing them off yet, people are asking if they are good enough.

“I suppose that’s a question you get when you don’t win but I’m confident the players will get the results they require.

“On the whole the performances have been quite good.”

McDonald recently admitted Pool’s off-the-field issues have blighted their search for new additions – only yesterday shirt sponsors Village announced they regret backing the club and plan to pull-out at the end of the season.

But the search for fresh faces goes on, and McDonald is confident he can get deals over the line before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

It’s believed they’ve offered a contract to the young Southampton striker who has been training with the club in recent days, but as yet his identity remains unknown.

McDonald revealed: “It’s ongoing and we are waiting for answers.

“It’s a little bit frustrating that we aren’t getting the answers we want.

“These players haven’t said no, we are hoping for a yes back and we can get deals done.

“I have to ask for everyone to be patient.

“We still have a few days left until the window closes and we are trying for as many as we can.

“After that we’ll try and exploit the loan market.”

With no midweek game, McDonald has had a free week to work with his squad for the first time since the start of the season.

And he hopes that can make a big difference come Saturday.

“It’s been a good free week,” said the boss.

“The boys were frustrated last week but have worked their socks off this week.

“We are just trying to put everything together now but most important just get that first win.

“The lads are a little bit frustrated as we feel as aren’t getting what we deserve at the moment.

“We’ve worked on everything, defensive work, attacking work and a bit of fitness.

“We are working really hard during the week and hopefully the lads can put it altogether on Saturday to get the right result.”