Pool boss only focussing on the football

Neil McDonald
Neil McDonald
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Blackpool boss Neil McDonald has his own way of dealing with all the off-the-field Blackpool troubles – he’s going to try and ignore them.

While the new management team are trying their best to re-build Pool’s beleaguered squad, relations between the club’s supporters and owners is as strained as ever.

McDonald’s planning has been dealt a blow by an early abandonment at Lancaster followed by Morecambe pulling out of a planned friendly in two -weeks’ time.

But he says he’s aiming to rise above it all and has asked his players not to take it personally.

“All I have to do is prepare the team, that’s my only focus,” he said.

“The off the field things aren’t something I worry about, all I do is concentrate on the team and preparing them.

“The postponement at Lancaster was sad for me and sad for the players as we just want to play football.

“The boys are OK though and I’ve explained to them they have to just concentrate on playing on the pitch and not worry about of anything we can’t control.

“All we can do is try to play football and let the other issues sort themselves out.”

McDonald has managed to attract eight players through the door so far as part of his rebuild but remains short of the quality which will be needed for life in League One.

He’s openly admitted at least five more will be needed, with many suggesting the bad publicity surrounding Pool may make that job more difficult.

That’s something which McDonald was quick to disagree with, saying: “I don’t think it’s affecting our recruitment at the moment, we’ve signed eight so far so are doing OK in that department.

“For me I am fully concentrated on football matters and nothing else.”

- Former Blackpool defender Joan Oriol has signed for Spanish side Real Mallorca.

The left-back spent the first half of last season at Bloomfield Road before being allowed to leave in January by then boss Lee Clark.