Keith Southern thinks Blackpool are “dead and buried” in their League One survival quest.
The Seasiders legend was at Bloomfield Road for what he described as a “sad, sad day” as Pool crumbled to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Wigan.
While the result doesn’t leave them mathematically relegated, Southern insists it’s game over for Neil McDonald and his players.
Southern, who spent a decade with the Seasiders after signing from Everton in 2002, said: “It was a sad, sad day for the football club.
“Blackpool are practically playing League Two football next season – it’s all but assured now.
“For me they are dead and buried. It’s done and it’s sad to see.
“I can’t expect that as an ex-player. It’s really sorry to see.
“It’s over. I think McDonald probably should have admitted that.
A point for Fleetwood in either of their remaining games would see Pool suffer their third relegation in five years.
Should Town lose to Walsall today and Peterborough, Blackpool would stay up by winning at Peterborough on Sunday.
But Southern believes such a scenario is so unrealistic it isn’t worth considering.
The former midfielder, who was working for BBC Radio Lancashire, blasted: “There’s no point deluding yourself that other teams will slip up and that Blackpool will win at Peterborough when they haven’t even scored in four games.”
For the opening hour against Wigan, Blackpool did well, creating chances in a formation that was almost 4-3-3.
And Southern, who was part of the team that won promotion to the Premier Leauge in 2010, asked why it took so long for Blackpool to adopt a more expansive style.
He said: “It was a lot better for 60 minutes on Saturday. They competed well and were well in the game.
“Liam Smith was excellent in midfield before he started to tire.
“But it was always going to be the case that Blackpool would tire as the game went on and that’s what happened.
“Wigan punished them ruthlessly.
“The question I ask is why against Colchester and why against numerous other teams haven’t Blackpool set up like they did in the Wigan game?”