Frustrated McDonald ready for Pool shake-up

Blackpool's Lloyd Jones and Charles Dunne are both likely to get their chance this weekend

Blackpool's Lloyd Jones and Charles Dunne are both likely to get their chance this weekend

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Neil McDonald says he’ll turn to players within the squad if he fails to add new faces ahead of the weekend’s trip to Scunthorpe.

Despite admitting his side ‘just isn’t good enough at the moment’ and consistently stating the club ‘needs help’ in the transfer market, the Seasiders boss is yet to add to his squad having missed Tuesday evening’s transfer deadline.

McDonald can turn to the free agent market at any time, but he has hinted he could look for answers within his squad instead.

“We have to probably change the personnel now,” he said.

“The players who have been sat on the bench will probably get their chance now.

“I’ve stuck with this side for five games now so there will probably be changes.

“I might have to freshen it up with what we already have in the squad.

“The players we have here should be knocking on my door telling me it’s my turn and some of them will play next week.”

Blackpool have seen a number of targets drift away this week with McDonald admitting the ongoing problems surrounding the club is making recruitment difficult.

As well as out of contract players, Pool can once again go down the loan route when that window re-opens in six days.

While it’s not ideal, it’s something McDonald says he’s willing to try.

He said: “The deadline was Tuesday but the emergency window opens after that so we have plenty of time.

“We are working very hard behind the scenes, it’s just not coming off at the moment.

“We will keep on trying until we say yes or I’ll move onto the next targets.

“It isn’t the end of the world if we don’t get players in but it would be nice to get a bit of help.

“It’s very difficult to try and change this situation around, but we are improving in 
patches.

“Only hard work will get us through this bad patch.”

After last weekend’s hammering to Walsall left them once again at the bottom of the table, Pool’s players have been forced to watch the video of the horror show.

Something McDonald hopes will help his squad.

He said: “We watched the game back, not just to see our mistakes but also to watch how Walsall played as I thought they were excellent. We have to aspire to be like them, they work hard, pass and move the ball with confidence and get into excellent positions.”