IAN Holloway has already started his preparations for next season, drawing up two lists of targets for whichever division the Seasiders are in.
The boss remains super confident his team will beat the drop – but he says he’d be stupid not to prepare for the worst.
With that in mind, he has already listed the players he wants if Pool are competing in the Championship next season, although he hopes it will be the Premier League list he’s choosing from.
Holloway has spoken about his future plans, admitting there will be major changes, as some of his bigger name players are almost certain to leave.
Skipper Charlie Adam has been linked with several clubs, while David Vaughan, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks are all free agents in the summer, and have yet to agree terms on new deals.
“I am completely chilled about it but obviously I have had a look around and done some research,” the boss said.
“I’ve had a look at who is out of contract, who has an option, and who definitely won’t be here, because I can’t force them to sign something. And when you look at that, there are a lot of changes.
“What I don’t know is what anyone else thinks of my players and who might fancy them.
“But I would totally imagine that whatever happens this year, some other managers will look at us and think, ‘blimey, well he is better than I thought he was’, and, ‘if he’s going for nothing I wouldn’t mind taking him’, or ‘we can pay a lot more than Blackpool are paying him’.
“So I would imagine we’ll lose a few, as who in their right mind wouldn’t want to go and do that? Unless we stay up and unless we can improve what we’ve offered them so far, we might lose them.
“If we do that, with the extra money we’ll have for staying up, then it might change the dynamics of who is still here.
“But at the end of the day, I can’t hide the fact my lads have done much better than anybody thought they would, and they might be sought after.
“Until I know definitely, I can’t make proper decisions, so what is the point of worrying.
“But I have started looking for new players because that is part of the job.
“It is a tick-over type situation, you are always on the look-out and always trying to improve and move forward.
“We are looking for next year, we are looking for people. But we have two budgets. One is up high, figure x, and the other is way lower, figure y.
“There are a lot less people I can get in figure y let me tell you. It is really going to be difficult, but what a fantastic challenge this is.
“That’s why I keep saying what a fantastic journey we’re on, and as it is so fantastic, no one wants it to stop.
“Unfortunately the other teams feel exactly the same, which is what makes it so damn hard.”