Blackpool plan swoop for Allardyce’s aces

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Neil McDonald has revealed he intends to call in a favour or two from his old pal Sam Allardyce.

Blackpool boss McDonald spent six years working as the new Sunderland manager’s assistant at Blackburn and West Ham.

McDonald is constantly looking to improve his squad at Bloomfield Road, and he intends to use Allardyce’s move to the Stadium of Light to his advantage.

The Pool boss explained: “Sam will get his feet under the table, then I’ll try to get along to watch their Under-21s. Likewise if anyone’s not in their team at the minute, we’ll maybe try to pinch one or two.

“If we can find someone who suits us, then great. I’m sure Sam will be happy to help.”

Pool’s transfer search should be easier now results have turned at Bloomfield Road, with McDonald’s men unbeaten in five games.

But the boss was quick to point out that the transfer urgency has lessened dramatically in recent weeks.

He said: “The squad is thin, there’s no doubt, and if we can add to it we will. But there’s no panic to bring players in now. We are looking all over the pitch to strengthen, although there’s no rush.”

Pool added Hayden White from Bolton on loan last week after an injury to regular right-back Emmerson Boyce, though that deal had been in the making for weeks.

McDonald explained he is putting in the ground work and speaking to managers all the time, and he has loan deals on stand-by if needed.

He added: “If we got another injury, we have three or four people on the list we can call upon. Three or four managers have told us we can have players and to come back if and when we need them.

“We have been looking all over and if we need to add we’ll bring people in.

“We were chasing Hayden for a while and the timing was excellent after Boycey got injured. If you do the groundwork and have a good relationship with other managers, it gives you a chance.”

Pool have signed 17 players since the end of last season, despite the club’s problems off the field.

Only seven remain from last year’s relegated Championship squad, while keeper Myles Boney and defender Luke Higham were promoted from the club’s youth set-up over the summer.