Blackpool legend Brett Ormerod has been saddened by the club’s “farcical” season but has backed two of his old mates to sort things out.
The former striker is the only player to have scored for the Seasiders in the Premier League and all three divisions of the Football League – and he knows more than anyone what it takes to succeed at Bloomfield Road.
The 38-year-old, who left the club three years ago, has been linked with a return to Pool as a coach working alongside Ian Holloway.
Ormerod, who played under Holloway for three seasons at Pool, believes his former boss could be the man to reverse the club’s fortunes, though he also recommends Tamworth manager Andy Morrell.
Ormerod told The Gazette: “It’s been farcical at Blackpool, a real season to forget. There’s no other way to describe it. If anyone can get everyone back on board it would be Ian Holloway.
“If they can get him it would be great, but I think he’d want certain assurances from the chairman.
“If that happened, I don’t see why Blackpool couldn’t give it a good go in League One next season.”
It’s often said that returning to old haunts in a bid to repeat former glories is a bad idea, but Ormerod said: “When I returned to Blackpool (in 2009) I had trepidations as I thought I might struggle to do what I’d done before. In the end I did even better.
“In 2010 we landed on the moon without a rocket (winning promotion to the top flight). It was incredible. Those things aren’t easy to repeat and maybe that was once in a lifetime.
“The club has plenty of money. It’s been posting profits for years, so if the chairman wants to get the club going the right way again, there’s no better man than Ian Holloway.”
However, the chances of Holloway returning are receding by the day.
Besides demanding major assurances from chairman Oyston, the 52-year-old sacked by Millwall in March is concerned about the reaction of Pool’s fans, some of whom have pleaded with him not to return under the current regime.
He held talks with Oyston earlier this week but since then the chairman has began to look down other avenues.
And Ormerod suggests an alternative manager in fellow striker Morrell, who was his team-mate and boss at Wrexham from 2012-14.
Ormerod said: “Andy is a great lad and has fantastic experience. He’s still based in the North West and Blackpool is a job he would love.
“He’s a good, up-and-coming young manager and I think he’d do well.
“Andy is an ex-Blackpool player, who knows all about the club, and I think that would help.”
Now retired, Ormerod is looking for a route back into football and many feel he would be perfect for a coaching role at Pool.
“I’d never rule anything out,” he said.
“If I was offered a return, I’d definitely be interested. I’d like to get back into football.
“At the present moment, I’ve not been asked by Blackpool.”
Ormerod joked: “The only problem is that my kids don’t listen to me, so what chance have I got with football players?”