Rentmeister: We are ignoring all the drama

Jeffrey Rentmeister
Jeffrey Rentmeister
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Jeffrey Rentmeister says Blackpool’s players are trying to ignore all the drama off the field at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders sit bottom of the Championship and without a manager as Karl Oyston searches for a replacement for Jose Riga who was sacked on Monday.

Rentmeister was brought to the club by Riga at the start of the season but says the players are hoping to move on as quickly as possible.

“It’s been a strange week but the important thing now is that we get points as quickly as possible,” he said.

“It’s so important we pick up points to keep Blackpool in the Championship.

“All the things going on around the club don’t matter to the players, we have to concentrate on what’s happening on the pitch.

“We need to all fight for Blackpool now.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the new manager and trying to impress him.”

The 30-year-old has become a regular at the heart of Pool’s defence making eight appearances so far.

And after admitting he struggled to settle in at first, the Belgian feels he’s finding his feet at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “I think I’ve improved since making my debut for the club.

“When I first arrived I played my first game after just a couple of days at the club and in England.

“I came to a new country, without my wife and I’m here alone, so it was difficult at first.

“I didn’t speak English either when I first got here so it was a lot to cope with.

“Now my English is improving, I’m settled in Blackpool and my football is improving, I’m happy with how I’m playing.

“Although we lost 3-0 at Reading I think I did OK individually and I’m hoping to improve all the time.

“I am not at my best level yet and feel I have a lot more improving to do.”

After making his first start against Shrewsbury back in August, Rentmeister had a nightmare Championship debut against Wigan.

He was asked to play out of position in defensive midfield before being taken off at half-time.

An experience he feels he’s grown from.

“Midfield isn’t my position, I’d never played there before,” he said.

“I prefer to have the game in front of me and that’s why I’m best at the back.

“I don’t play for me though so was happy to help in that position when I ask.

“But if I had a bad game I’ll say and that and at Wigan I was very bad.

“But in my six games since coming into the side we’ve taken six points from so I think I’m helping the side.”