POOL expect to find out today whether they will be competing in Europe next season – but the players could be forgiven for hoping they miss out.
The Seasiders are neck and neck with Fulham at the top of the Fair Play League, with the winners awarded a place in the Europa League.
While playing in Europe would be a thrill for the fans, it isn’t quite as appealing for players.
The first round of matches is scheduled for June 30.
That means the squad would have to report back for pre-season training at least a week before, giving them less than a month off following their epic Premier League campaign.
Some players had hoped for much longer breaks to rest weary bones.
A Premier League spokesman told The Gazette: “When it comes to working out the final standings in the Fair Play League, our match delegates have a lot of different criteria to check. UEFA auditors then have to come in and check things, so it takes time.
“We are hoping to be able to announce the final table at some point on Thursday.”