BST column: Planning is the key to future success

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Surely we ought to feel excited?

A new season is about to kick-off for the Seasiders: new manager, new backroom staff, new players (if not a full squad), new challenges - albeit back in the third tier. Same old owners, though.

We got lucky in our rise to the Premiership, a combination of Belokon’s investment in the team and Olly persuading Karl Oyston to give him a go.

I’m not convinced there ever was a long-term plan at Bloomfield Road, and that’s why the wheels have come off so spectacularly at Blackpool.

As the chairman of Fleetwood Town said recently (and I paraphrase slightly), “not to plan is tantamount to planning for failure.”

But let’s look forward…

So what to say about the upcoming season?

I hope Neil McDonald proves himself to be a great Blackpool manager.

I hope the team he’s assembling will play attractive and attacking football, that the players will be proud to wear tangerine and the Seasiders will be challenging strongly for promotion.

The manager and players ought to carry the best wishes of all Blackpool fans as they take to the field, even if many of us choose an ethical boycott of home games and register our support at away matches only.

Maybe we will see a change of regime. For even if McDonald succeeds, it will be against the odds and will just be papering over the cracks at Bloomfield Road, another lucky break.

For long-term viability, we need a radical change in the way the club is structured – that means a proper strategic plan for the future, a decent level of investment to support the plan and supporter involvement in the way the club is run. That way, success when it comes will be more than a happy accident and will be something that can be sustained for the benefit of today’s fans, tomorrow’s generation of Seasiders and the community of Blackpool and the Fylde.

Blackpool Supporters’ Trust will continue to work for that radical change at Bloomfield Road during the coming season. It promises to be an interesting campaign. If you’d like to join us, check out our website at: www.blackpoolsupporterstrust.org and help make a positive difference at your club.