January could be hectic, admits Appleton

Blackpool manager Michael Appleton
Blackpool manager Michael Appleton
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MICHAEL Appleton has hinted at wholesale changes to his squad during the transfer window, saying: “It may be a bit of a revolving door come January”.

The Blackpool boss has spent his first three weeks at Bloomfield Road analysing his players and identifying what he thinks is needed to improve his squad.

He was only able to add striker Wes Thomas ahead of last week’s loan deadline, missing out on a number of targets. But Appleton says the start of 2013 could be a busy time for comings and goings.

The Pool boss said: “We’ve got five weeks until January, when we can mix up the squad and bring players in.

“This is a group of players which has been put together by someone else, though the group of players I’ve inherited definitely has talent in a lot of areas.”

While the 36-year-old is yet to taste defeat after four matches as Blackpool boss, he hasn’t experienced victory either. He said: “I’d rather be unbeaten with four draws than have had four defeats.

“In a lot of cases when a new manager comes in, a team can win their first few games and he gets a false impression of what needs to be done.

“At least I’m getting to know about the players, to understand their personalities and what they can cope with. I’m learning more than if we were flying.

“I think this spell will help me make the right decisions come January and at the end of the season.

“Sometimes you can win a few games and it covers the problems.”

One player who won’t be on his way out is Tiago Gomes.

The Portuguese midfielder has worked his way into Appleton’s starting 11 in recent games.

He was Pool’s liveliest player against Birmingham and has impressed his new boss.

“I thought he did well,” said Appleton. “He’s missed a lot of football, and he’s only going to get better and stronger with each game.

“He’s got quality and can mix his game up as well. He’s a player I’ve been impressed with.”

The Seasiders return to training today after a day off, though it was unclear where the session would be held.

Recent downpours have left Pool’s Squires Gate training ground flooded, preventing Appleton’s men from training there all week. Instead, they have done fitness work in nearby health clubs.

But it’s something Appleton wants sorting. He said: “We’ve not been able to train this week and we may have to look for somewhere else on Thursday. We need to train.”