McDonald: Don’t expect promotion

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Neil McDonald admits promotion may not be a realistic goal in his first season as Blackpool boss.

As he embarks on his first full week as manager, the 49-year-old knows his top priority is to stop the slide which has seen the Seasiders relegated twice in four years.

McDonald said: “No-one here wants to be in League One but that’s our reality.

“And if we can progress further up the league or into a good position because of the good recruitment, that’s brilliant.”

But he refuses to set more precise targets at this stage, adding: “You always want to say you’d love to go for promotion but the reality is that there are stepping stones to get to that.

“The stepping stones for us are to recruit as many quality players as possible and see how the season starts.

We want to get off to a good start and hit the ground running. If we do that, we’ll set a new target and proceed from there.

“But mainly it’s about recruiting the players to make sure we are competitive in this league, and winning more games than we are losing.

“Very rarely do you get a job at a club that’s on the up, and you have to change everyone’s work ethic and way of thinking.”

n Former Seasiders winger Trevor Sinclair has revealed he made an unsuccessful bid for the manager’s job before Neil McDonald was appointed.

The 42-year-old Fylde coast resident tweeted: “I already approached BlackpoolFC and offered my services. They declined, I move on.”

Sinclair, assistant manager of non-league Lancaster City, branded Pool “a laughing stock” in April, also telling The Gazette that the club’s player investment was “poor” and their training ground “a disgrace”.

London-born Sinclair broke into the Pool first team as a 16-year-old and made over 100 League appearances before moving on to Queens Park Rangers in 1993.

He later played for West Ham and Manchester City, won 12 England caps and was inducted into the Seasiders Hall of Fame in 2006.