McDonald: Oyston’s return vital, we have problems

Oyston's return will put a smile on Neil McDonald's face
Oyston's return will put a smile on Neil McDonald's face
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Neil McDonald hopes Karl Oyston’s return today will kick-start Blackpool’s transfer search.

Pool chairman Oyston has now completed his six-week ban from football for breaches of FA conduct rules and was due back behind his desk at Bloomfield Road this morning.

Last night’s 2-1 home defeat by Burton Albion was Pool’s third in four winless matches this season and manager McDonald is desperate to add to his squad ahead of Saturday’s trip to Sheffield United.

The Gazette understands a transfer target was at Bloomfield Road yesterday afternoon for talks, and McDonald is hopeful he can get the deal completed this week.

The Pool boss said last night: “We are active in the transfer market. I spoke to one player today about coming to Blackpool.

“I’ve also been in touch with two other clubs about bringing players in, so we are active.

“Hopefully the chairman coming back can help us get those over the line.”

Oyston passed the decision-making to his wife Vicki for the period of his suspension and McDonald admits the chairman’s absence has been far from ideal.

He added: “I hope the chairman coming back can make a big difference for us.

“We have lots of problems off the pitch and it’s been difficult.

“It’s been difficult trying to bring players in without the chairman being around.

“There’s no point moaning, though, and hopefully we can move forward now.

“We will be working hard again on Wednesday and hopefully we can have some news over the next 48 hours.”