Lee Clark admits he wishes Blackpool’s season would end tomorrow.
Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat by Sheffield Wednesday left the Seasiders 17 points from safety at the bottom of the Championship with only 10 games remaining.
Pool must play at least three more games before their relegation becomes a mathematical certainty, but the manager has already admitted he’s planning for next season and he would love to cut this disastrous campaign short.
The honest Clark said: “I probably do wish the season ended tomorrow, then I could get to work straight away because I know what we need to do. I know where I want to go and how I need to do it.
“We have games left, though, and we have to give all we have in those games, so let’s go. The strong ones won’t walk away. We have to deal with tough times when they come.
“We have to make sure that when the good times come along again, which I’m adamant they will, we will cherish those days even more.”
Lewis McGugan’s winner for the Owls nine minutes after half-time sealed Pool’s fourth straight defeat and left them with only two points to show for their last eight games.
But Clark is refusing to blame his players, despite the boos at the final whistle.
The Pool boss added: “The players couldn’t give any more. They worked hard and battled for me.
“It was difficult for me to change things as we were restricted with numbers. I really can’t fault the players.
“Of course we want more chances and more goals. But if you’d taken David Perkins out of our starting 11, their team would have had 469 appearances more than ours.
“They were the 18 players I had fit and available, and I can’t ask any more.”
Despite a spirited display on the terrible Bloomfield Road surface, Pool struggled to create chances against a solid Wednesday side.
McGugan’s matchwinner was a curling free-kick from the left touchline, which eluded everyone in the penalty area and nestled in the far corner of Elliot Parish’s net.
Clark was less than impressed with the goal. “There was a catalogue of errors in the build-up,” he said.
“Our throw-in was poor. We threw it infield when we didn’t have the height. We then make a back-pass from a deep area on that pitch.
“There were about four or five errors combined, and when they have McGugan’s delivery, it hurts you.
“All credit to him – that type of ball makes it difficult for everyone.”