Former coach slams Pool

George Wood

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After Blackpool’s shortage of players was summed up as “a shambles” by fans’ spokesman Glenn Bowley, the club’s former goalkeeping coach George Wood has used the same term to describe their training facilities.

The 61-year-old former Scotland stopper has spent the past 18 months at Crystal Palace and played a part in their recruitment of keeper Chris Kettings, who worked under Wood at Bloomfield Road and was released in May.

Wood said: “Chris has not been developed as quickly as he should have but it’s not the lad’s fault. It’s more the football club’s fault because they didn’t have a reserve team.

“The facilities are not the best for a Championship club. To get promoted and then into the play-offs was a massive achievement because the training ground is non-league standard.

“Honestly, it’s shambolic to say the least. I remember training the keepers and we only had three balls and nowhere to go.”