Gilks slams Blackpool bosses

Ian Holloway commiserates with keeper Matt Gilks

Ian Holloway commiserates with keeper Matt Gilks

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POOL keeper Matt Gilks appears certain to quit Bloomfield Road after criticising the club for not having a proper go at staying in the top flight.

In a thinly-veiled attack on chairman Karl Oyston, Gilks said: “The biggest disappointment is that we didn’t really have a go at it. There are cash restrictions with facilities and staff-wise.

“We dipped our toe in the water. Maybe if we had put our foot in and had half a go we could have stayed up. We don’t have anything at this club. We wanted a kit-man – that got rejected. We wanted a sports scientist – one came in part-time and got messed about.”

Gilks, who turns 29 next week, says the conditions brought the players together but it was not enough to beat the drop.

“It’s disappointing to go down by a point. We might have picked up more with a bit more help,” he added.

“The lads are a unit. Everybody says it but it’s true. We stick together. We are very close-knit.”

Gilks, though, has backed Ian Holloway to help the club bounce back next season. “The boss will probably build a new team and get the right characters,” he added.

“Hopefully they can go onwards and upwards”.

The keeper, who joined Blackpool in summer 2008. is aiming to join a Premier League club or another Championship side next season.

With Holloway deciding not to renew the contracts of Richard Kingson, Paul Rachubka and youngster Mark Halstead, it leaves the club without a single keeper and needing to sign at least three during the summer.