McDonald keen to block out negativity

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Neil McDonald insists he has the blinkers on when it comes to negativity surrounding Blackpool FC.

On the eve of the new season Blackpool’s preparation has once again been blighted by off-the-field issues.

This week alone McDonald has had to contend with two goalkeeping coaches walking out, along with a Football League sanction which saw Pool handed a suspended three point deduction.

But the new boss insists he’s ignoring it all and focussing solely on his squad.

“It hasn’t been hard losing the keeper coaches, I’ve just not let it effect us,” insisted McDonald.

“We’ve concentrated on the team, not the coaches, yes two keeper coaches have left but we have carried on.

“It won’t spoil or mar our preparations for Saturday.

“On the whole you can get down about things and be negative, or you can just deal with problems in a positive attitude.

“The best way to be is positive, you have to be like that,

“If you feel sorry for yourself it will breed to the players.

“I’m only concerned about what happens on the pitch.

“I can only affect that so that’s my full focus, I just want to win football games.”

Blackpool make the long trip to Colchester today with new signing Emmerson Boyce on the bus, he’s signed a one-year deal at Bloomfield Road after a successful trial at the club.

It’s a positive in a difficult summer, with fan feeling about the club desperately low.

But McDonald insists it’s nothing new and nothing he can’t handle.

He said: “I’ve worked at clubs before as a player and a coach where fans aren’t happy.

“As long as they get behind the team during the game then I’ll be happy.

“For five out of the first six games I’ve been here the fans have done that, and I expect nothing less.

“All of the problems are in the past now, I want the supporters to support their team.

“If we play well they will enjoy it and if we don’t they have every reason to shout up.

“Football is about the 90 minutes and I want the players to be able to play for 90 minutes.

“I’m looking forward to trying to win football matches, the fans haven’t seen their team win for a while, and that’s my challenge.”