Brett Ormerod says it’s hard to see how the stand-off between Blackpool’s fans and owners will be resolved.
The club legend knows the Seasiders more than most, scoring in every division for the club and firing the goal which promoted them to the Premier League in 2010.
But after two years of supporter unrest and poor performances on the field, Ormerod admits he is unsure how the situation will end.
“I don’t know, I honestly don’t know,” admitted the 38-year-old.
“I don’t know whether the chairman gets an offer for the club and decides to sell, or whether he tries to build bridges – but there’s so much gone on over the last two and a half years that I can’t see that happening. I’ve spoken to a lot of fans who will never come back as long as the chairman and the current owners are involved.”
Blackpool’s win at Scunthorpe on Saturday was their first on the road since April 2014 and their first under new boss Neil McDonald.
While it lifted the club off the foot of League One, Pool remain desperately in trouble and have a fanbase which appears to have had enough of the current owners.
Ormerod was part of Ian Holloway’s squad which achieved the impossible, and while he feels a return to the Premier League may be too much to ask, a Championship place isn’t.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Ormerod said: “Even the most optimistic fans know Karl Oyston does things a certain way and would never expect him to throw money around and spend millions.
“But they’ve a right to expect the club to invest money in a good squad to help the manager and keep them competing at least in mid-Championship, and pushing back for the Premier League.”
“I left in 2012 and it was still very much a good place and a happy place. In the last couple of years there’s been an internal war.
“What we did at the time was done on a shoestring budget. It shows what a very special time it was.”