McDonald: Pool need ‘six to eight’ more players

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Neil McDonald has turned the heat on Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, insisting they need ‘six to eight’ more players.

The new Pool boss has struggled to add the experience he feels he needs to his squad since taking over from Lee Clark last month.

Despite earlier saying he hoped to have the ‘bulk’ of his squad in place for the start of pre-season training last Monday, just ten outfield players took to the field on his first full day in charge.

And with his first friendly a week today against Lancaster City, McDonald realises time is running out.

“We need another six to eight players if we possibly can in different positions,” said the boss.

“We’re hoping for another three to come in next week and then we will add as we need to.

“The first game is on the 8th (August) and we’ll certainly have a competitive squad come that day.”

It’s been a typically whirlwind introduction to life at Bloomfield Road for McDonald, who’s had to build a backroom staff as well as attempt to compile a squad.

While many fans are insisting they won’t be attending games this season in protest of the chairman, McDonald is pleased with how things are going so far.

He said: “It’s been a great month coming into a new club and trying to change a few people’s perceptions ofhow it’s going to go, change the mentality, meet the players, recruit the players and try to integrate the new staff,” McDonald told Sky Sports News HQ.

“It’s been a very, very good month.

“It takes time to bring players in but we’ve had six already which is great, in different positions as well.

“We’ll try as we go along to add as many as we can, but they have to be quality to add to the players that we’ve got to create that competition to try to win some games.

“It’s been good that people have been throwing players at us.

“We’ve been doing a little bit of research on the players and I’ve brought two brilliant scouts in to try and help me on that.”

Many thought previous boss Clark’s early siding with the chairman saw the supporters turn on him near the end.

He was often accused of being a ‘puppet’– something which the new boss is keen on avoiding.

And despite early frustrations in the transfer market, he refused to criticise his new boss.

“The chairman has been brilliant,” added McDonald.

“He’s bought players, not just enquired about players available on frees.

“We’ll do our homework and he is willing to spend the money so long may that continue.”