McDonald: I had to lift Blackpool off the floor

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Neil McDonald claims Blackpool were at “rock bottom” when he took over as manager in the summer.

The Seasiders earned the lowest points total in Championship history last season, when they were relegated to League One after winning just four games – not one away from Bloomfield Road.

And it was the chance to turn Pool around which McDonald now says drew him to a job described as “impossible” by his predecessor Lee Clark.

Six months on and the challenge is even tougher, with Pool again in the relegation zone, but it’s one McDonald is happy to have taken on.

The Pool boss said: “It’s been a huge challenge. There are issues off the field and I’ve had to build a team from scratch.

“When I first came in, there were only eight players. To recruit a whole squad capable of competing in the league was always going to be difficult.

“Putting all that together I felt the club was at rock bottom and I could at least turn the football side around. That’s what I’ve tried to do.”

McDonald also had the tough task of winning over the fans at Bloomfield Road.

Some have taken to the 50-year-old, though many have criticised his decisions, but McDonald says he’s only human and makes mistakes.

He said: “Do I get things wrong? Yes. Every time we get beaten I’ve got it wrong as a manager. But it’s important we leave those behind us and strive to win the next game. If you dwell on the past you can make excuses and it won’t do any good.”

With no game last weekend, Pool’s players were granted time off to recover from a tough start to the season.

They returned to full training this week and McDonald wants to build on the win over Fleetwood when they travel to Wigan on Saturday.

He added: “They got the weekend off and are back raring to go, working hard for Wigan. We went on a losing streak – hopefully we can now turn it into a winning one.”