Contract talks go on for Pool

Blackpool's Matthew Gilks and Kirk Broadfoot
Blackpool's Matthew Gilks and Kirk Broadfoot
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Blackpool manager Paul Ince and club secretary Matt Williams spent yesterday talking to all 37 of the club’s out-of-contract players.

They are yet to announce their release list, although there are expected to be some big names heading for Bloomfield Road’s exit door.

Pool have offered new deals to a few of the players now free to leave, with Alex Baptiste, Ludo Sylvestre and Barry Ferguson all offered fresh contracts.

While chairman Karl Oyston keeps out of the decision making regarding who stays, he knows what a big summer it is for the club.

He said: “We have a lot of rebuilding and changing of personnel ahead this summer.

“In some cases it’s as we want, in other cases there are players we wanted to keep.

“It’s going to be Paul’s first full season in charge and it’s going to be a big season for us all.”

Neal Eardley is pleased Pool ended the season on a high against Bolton on Saturday.

The defender started his first game since the win against Watford in March and put in a decent display at right-back.

Eardley was happy with his own display but said: “If it wasn’t for three slack minutes we would have got all three points. We just switched off and gave away two sloppy goals.

“They had a lot of stake, so we were pleased with a point. I thought I did quite well, and it was great to be back in the side.”

Eardley set-up Ludo Sylvestre’s goal and joked: “Ludo’s goal was great but I can’t do much more for him – I put it on a plate.

“He took it well, to be fair. We scored two very good goals.

“Matty (Phillips) had a couple of chances before that but he took his goal really well.”

“We should have been going in 2-0 up and then the second half would have been a different ball game.

“The two goals we conceded were poor but we were happy to take the point and learn from it.”