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Blackpool's Manager Neil McDonald

Blackpool's Manager Neil McDonald

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So after a week of speculation surrounding Neil McDonald he’s finally declared he’s staying at Bloomfield Road - well, kind of.

It was incredibly interesting listening to the Pool boss talk about rumours of a switch to join Sam Allardyce at Sunderland, it all started so well.

“I want to be a number one. I’ve waited a long time for this, this is my time,” are all exactly the statements which Blackpool fans were pleased to hear.

But then came the direct question, the type no-one in football likes: “So can we end all rumour, you’re staying at Bloomfield Road?”

“There’s been no contact from Sunderland and I’m happy here,” replied McDonald.

Maybe I’m reading too much into things, but some would say that was hardly an aggressive denial.

Sadly the current situation at Bloomfield Road lends itself for the smallest of rumours to grow.

In the past a quick text message early in the week to the manager from myself or any of the press could have instantly nipped the talk in the bud.

Instead, Blackpool’s new policy of silence sees us talking about too many things which distract from the fact they’ve won three out of the last three games.

I have to say McDonald hasn’t exactly helped build bridges, he’s well and truly (and understandably) sided with the Oystons on this one and would probably walk past me in the street without saying hello.

Luckily it’s nothing something which particularly bothers me, I’d happy never speak to a manager again if it meant Pool would be at the right end of league tables.

And it’s results which Pool must concentrate on.

After two weeks of positivity and some very good results, the fact is they remain in the bottom four of League One, and must get themselves out of there as soon as possible.

McDonald’s men can’t rest on the three wins and think they’ve turned the corner, as much as performances have been excellent.

Tomorrow’s game will be a real test of how much Pool have improved, Coventry are a very decent side with some very exciting players.

I was at Highbury last weekend as Tony Mowbray’s side beat Fleetwood and there’s no doubt they got lucky.

Jacob Murphy was the star of the show, although tomorrow they’ll welcome back a couple of young lads who have been away on international duty.

They’ve also managed the loan market well particularly with the signing of Adam Armstrong who has fired eight goals already.

If Blackpool can go to Coventry tomorrow and get a win, then maybe McDonald really is onto something good.

Tomorrow is the start of a very big three games which will give us a real idea of where Blackpool will end up this season.

Three positive displays would leave the Seasiders tucked in midtable, three defeats and there’s no doubt they’ll be cut adrift at the bottom.

Nothing is decided at this stage of the season, but as we saw last year, you can easily ruin your chances in the run-up to Christmas.

Blackpool must make sure they are at least in the mid-table mix by the time Father Christmas arrives.

That would be a perfect present,