McDonald admits it: Blackpool struggle to sign players

Neil McDonald
Neil McDonald

Neil McDonald has finally opened up about his struggles in the transfer market, revealing that a Premier League club refuses to send players to Blackpool.

Neil McDonald has finally opened up about his struggles in the transfer market, revealing that a Premier League club refuses to send players to Blackpool.

After signing a host of players in the summer, the Pool manager has often hit a brick wall in his attempts to strengthen his squad since the season got under way.

The lack of quality available to McDonald has led to a dreadful run of seven defeats on the bounce – an eighth at home to Fleetwood on Saturday would equal the club’s worst ever run of results.

With the loan window closing, it looks like Pool must make do with what they have until the New Year.

Having always insisted Blackpool’s off-the-field dramas haven’t affected his transfer quest, McDonald finally admitted: “Being truthful it’s been difficult to recruit.

“I’ve had one Premier League club who wouldn’t loan us a player because of the problems we have here. The big plus for me is that the players we have brought here all want to be here.”

McDonald was criticised by supporters after insisting he has been fully backed by chairman Karl Oyston, saying he had been given every player he’s asked for. But now the 50-year-old admits it’s been far from plain sailing.

He said: “Not every player I’ve gone for I’ve got. We have wanted players who decided not to come or the finances were too far for us.

“So there are certainly players we’ve gone for but haven’t got.

“We are striving to improve the squad and I have to put it to the chairman. He’s been trying his best but we haven’t got every player, that’s for sure.

“You have targets as a a manager and you don’t always get your top target.

“We have options, which we give to the chairman and hopefully he gets at least one of them.

“Sometimes we get our third choice, sometimes our second and quite often our first choice.

“If we can keep on doing that, then the squad will get stronger.”

McDonald’s latest additions – Preston’s Andy Little, Burton’s Dean Lyness and Hull’s Will Aimson – have all arrived on short-term deals after injury hit his squad.

But the loan market isn’t something the Blackpool boss is particularly fond of.

He added: “We have to make sure we don’t lose our identity by having too many loan players. That’s happened in the past.

“In January we’ll be looking to sign players and not loan them, so they have an affinity with the football club.

“We have had a couple of injuries and that’s why we’ve turned to the loan market.”