Kyle: New boss a breath of fresh air

Ritchie Kyle
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Ritchie Kyle says there has been a massive change in the atmosphere around Bloomfield Road since Neil McDonald walked through the door.

Kyle has been promoted to the position of first-team coach in manager McDonald’s new set-up, having enjoyed two successful years in charge of youth coaching at the club.

And after Pool completed three new signings in the past week – midfielder Brad Potts and goalkeepers Colin Doyle and Kyle Letheren – coach Kyle believes the Seasiders are finally on the road to recovery after a disastrous season.

Kyle said: “We want to move forward. There has been a lot said in the press and a lot has gone on. We need to move on as a club.

“I’m getting a real positive vibe since the manager has come in, since I’ve moved up.

“He’s brought enthusiasm and positivity to the place already.

“We want to draw a line under what has happened, the negativity.

“We want to change the mentality of everyone at the club.”

Kyle knows last week’s signings can only help but he wants more to follow before pre-season training begins in a fortnight.

He added: “It’s vital we get players in before pre-season.

“There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes with players. You can see them coming in thick and fast.

“We’re just hoping to have a group in and hit the ground running because that’s what the club needs.”

And Kyle believes former England U19 midfielder Potts, who Pool pursued last season, is just the kind of signing the club needs.

He added: “He’s a midfielder and he has scored a few goals.

“We’re excited to get somebody with a good reputation. I know Carlisle were keen to keep him (Potts was virtually ever-present last season for the League Two club) and we’re excited about what he’ll bring.

“We’ll get that energy you always get from young players. Hopefully he’ll have a bright future with Blackpool.”