Yet another former Pool player slams club

Gary MacKenzie

Gary MacKenzie

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Gary MacKenzie is the latest former player to say how glad they are to have left Blackpool.

The 29-year-old now hopes to get his career back on track after two-years at Bloomfield Road where he said things just ‘weren’t right’.

MacKenzie played just 35 times after making a permanent switch from MK Dons in 2013 under then manager Paul Ince.

But as injury wrecked his chances of regular football, he ended last season on loan at Bradford before signing a two-year deal at Doncaster this week.

And he joined the growing band of former players to lay into the Blackpool set-up.

“I was glad to just get out of Blackpool and that negative environment. You need to be happy,” he said.

“That’s something as a player you thrive on.

“It’s all right playing at a higher level but if the settings around you aren’t right you’re not going to prosper.”

“I could have gone to a number of places but Bradford were doing well and it was quite an attractive move for me just to get some games and start enjoying my football again in a good environment.”

MacKenzie missed almost a year of football in his final season at Bloomfield Road, after an Achilles injury which wouldn’t clear.

He explained: “I aggravated my Achilles at the end of the season before last and missed the last four games.

“I thought it would settle down and when I tried to do pre-season I lasted three days and it tore.

“I got messed about a bit. I went to see different specialists and they said there wasn’t any tear there and it was basically a bit of inflammation which I could let settle down for a few weeks and then run it off.

“I followed those guidelines for about a month to six weeks and then realised I needed a second opinion so I went down to London and the guy told me I had a pretty bad tear.

“So I’d spent about seven weeks doing all the wrong things for the injury I had.

“In a way I was glad I’d finally found what was up with me and could then get myself on the road to recovery but that, coinciding with the season that Blackpool had last year, watching them lose the majority of time and the atmosphere about the place meant it wasn’t nice at all.

“I just got my head down and followed the rehabilitation programme and thankfully it repaired well.

“When I got myself fit again it was a surprise to me that I wasn’t going to be needed at Blackpool and that I could go out and get some matches elsewhere.”