McDonald: Club’s problems make things more difficult

Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
Blackpool manager Neil McDonald
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Neil McDonald admits Blackpool’s transfer search is being made more difficult by the club’s ongoing problems.

It’s been a fortnight of frustration for the Seasiders boss who has been hit by a number of knock-backs as he aims to add to his struggling squad.

Pool have lost four out of five of McDonald’s games in charge so far and lie bottom of the League One table with just a point to their name.

He’s seen a number of potential signings drift away, admitting the search is getting more difficult as next week’s transfer deadline approaches.

“We are enquiring and waiting on answers coming back, so it’s watch this space,” he said.

“Some have turned us down and they’ve obviously looked at the situation here and decided they wanted to go somewhere else.

“That’s their prerogative. I’m trying to bring players in who want to play for Blackpool FC and I’ll try and do that.

“It’s also becoming harder as we aren’t getting many points.”

Two second half goals at Bramall Lane saw Pool lose their third game in a week – this time against high-flying Sheffield United – a side tipped for promotion.

It’s piled the pressure on chairman Karl Oyston and his staff to add to the squad to avoid another terrible season and extend a record of just seven wins in 83 games.

McDonald added: “The results aren’t for the lack of trying, that’s for sure. It’s not that we are getting out done. We are just falling short at the moment but we have to remain positive.

“We are giving it our best shot, I hope everyone can see that. We are just being heavily punished at the moment.”