Pool sponsor struggle could be over

Blackpool's players are wearing training kit without a sponsor

Blackpool's players are wearing training kit without a sponsor

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Blackpool could finally be set to release their new kit after a struggle to find a sponsor delayed the launch.

Almost all of the Football League’s 92 clubs have now revealed what they’ll be wearing, with many already on sale to supporters.

But despite deliveries arriving weeks ago at Bloomfield Road, a struggle to find a company to put their name to them means fans remain in the dark over next season’s shirts.

However, The Gazette understand Pool have held talks with a number of companies and close to agreeing a deal.

One company linked is online betting company Mansion although a deal is believed to be a far distance from being completed.

The Gibraltar based gambling firm will pay to have their red square logo on Pool’s home and away kits for the current season and could be announced as the club’s main sponsor later this week.

Mansion sponsored Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for two-years in 2006 and became Manchester City’s international betting partner four years ago.

Should the club fail to attract a sponsor it’s believed they would consider a charity being placed on the shirts, with the club’s Community Trust a contender.

Altogether Now, a partnership between the NHS in Blackpool and Blackpool Council is also being considered.

Whoever’s name is on the front of the new shirts isn’t likely to go down well with Pool’s supporters, with fan groups already calling for a kit boycott as part of their ongoing protests against the Oyston family.

An online merchandise provider has produced an alternative Blackpool shirt, with a ‘Football First’ logo replacing the club’s regular crest.