IAN Holloway believes the Seasiders must win “80 per cent” of their remaining games to make the play-offs – and to keep their best players.
With ten games to go, starting with today’s home clash with Brighton, the maths is simple – the boss reckons eight wins will guarantee a top-six finish.
But if they don’t achieve that, the ramifications could be serious.
Holloway thinks it would become difficult to keep hold of the club’s top performers, like winger Matt Phillips.
Holloway said: “If we can win all our last ten games we might go up automatically.
“If we can win 80 per cent, we might go up in the play-offs. And if we don’t get near that figure I don’t believe we’ll be in there, which is a shame.
“I say a shame because I really rate this group of people, how hard they work for each other and how well they’ve been doing.
“I think we’ve got all sorts of skill and ability, and we need to do well this year because will I be able to keep hold of all of them?
“Will Matt Phillips be able to stay with us next year if we don’t go up?
“And these are the things that are concerning me more than ever before because it has already happened to us once.
“I lost all my better players at the end of the Premier League season.
“Thankfully I managed to keep some good ones as well. I almost lost Gilks, Evatt and Crainey ... thank God I didn’t.”