O’Dea: Something has changed at Blackpool

Blackpool's Darren O'Dea
Blackpool's Darren O'Dea
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Darren O’Dea says standards at Blackpool have improved in recent weeks, even if results haven’t.

The Irishman has started Pool’s last six games at the heart of the defence after joining the club in December.

While the Seasiders have now gone 16 games without a victory, there’s been a distinct improvement in performances despite losing their last three games.

And O’Dea can feel a different atmosphere in the dressing room.

“There was a point about four weeks ago when something changed at the club,” he said.

“Training has been completely different, it’s a proper standard and a proper way of training now.

“The clubs I’ve been at in the past I’m used to a good level of training, which wasn’t the case here.

“That wasn’t down to the sessions being put on or the coaches, they have been great.

“I think it was more about fitness of players and so many were missing training as they were just playing match to match.

“I think in the last five games, barring Derby, we’ve performed well and done the right things.

“I know it’s too late to change anything with the league table, but things have improved.

“The training has been a lot different and the standard of performance has too.

“If we keep doing the right things then things will improve, that goes for whoever will be here next season.”

O’Dea is one of a number of players who are out on contract this summer and are yet to be told whether or not they will be offered a new deal at Bloomfield Road.

But after experiencing one of the worst periods in the club’s history, he admits it would be difficult to walk away.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s a cliche, but we are just passing through as players, but no-one wants to be part of the worst team ever then just walk away.

“There are plenty of players who’d like to stay here.

“It’s a fantastic club which should be in the Championship, at least, and performances will dictate if I’m here.

“You find it hard not to get attached to this club.

“I’ve been living in the stadium and I’ve got to know the people behind the scenes at the club and have become attached to them.

“I feel part of things here now and don’t really want to walk away.

“I’ve never played in League One, but does it bother me? No.

“Obviously I want to play in the highest league possible, but we’ll have to wait and see.

“I want to play in the Premier League but Manchester United haven’t come knocking yet, so we’ll see what happens in the summer.”