Bowyer: Blackpool transfer plans in limbo with club for sale

Gary Bowyer
Gary Bowyer

The sale of Blackpool FC could “change everything” as far as player recruitment plans for next month are concerned, says manager Gary Bowyer.

The Pool boss has revealed conversations have taken place with the club’s hierarchy regarding plans for the transfer window, which opens in 12 days’ time.

But speaking after Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, Bowyer hinted there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding transfer plans given the club’s off-field situation.

It is over a month since the club was put up for sale and there are doubts whether the Oyston family will allow Bowyer to spend money while they need cash to pay back former director Valeri Belokon.

“We’ve had conversations,” Bowyer said. “But at this moment in time there is the situation with the club being up for sale.

“It might get sold between now and January and that changes everything.

“But then again it might not and it might not be sold until June, I don’t know.

“It’s like putting your house up for sale – you need a buyer.”

The window opens on January 1 and Bowyer has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad, especially in attack where the Seasiders are badly missing their two main strikers.

With injuries ruling out both Kyle Vassell and Mark Cullen for at least another month, Bowyer has made it clear he will look to bring somebody else in if his other strikers don’t step up to the plate.

It comes after the Seasiders’ forward options once again failed to make an impression at Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Heading into that game at New Meadow, Bowyer called on Nathan Delfouneso, Armand Gnanduillet, Danny Philliskirk, Scott Quigley and Max Clayton to stake their claim for a starting birth in the absence of Vassell and Cullen.

But once again they failed to make an impact.

“They’re not doing it at the moment,” a frustrated Bowyer said.

“You only have to look at the evidence and that’s goals, that’s it.

“That’s the job of a centre forward but right now they’re not putting that evidence forward.

“But we’ve got to keep working with them because we can’t do anything until January.

“So if they’re not doing it, then it’s simple – we will have to bring somebody else in until we get our two others back.

“You don’t plan for your two main strikers to be out but we’ve got what we’ve got and we have to find a different way.”