Blackpool’s next manager could inherit only seven players after yet summer clearout at Bloomfield Road.
The relegated club have finally released their retained list and again find themselves without a goalkeeper and with a huge player shortage.
The situation is almost identical to the one chairman Karl Oyston faced a year ago, with no manager and hardly any players contracted to the club.
Tom Aldred, Henry Cameron, Charles Dunne, David Ferguson, Luke Higham, Connor Oliver and new signing Jarrett Rivers are the only players who appear sure to report in for pre-season training on June 29.
Jose Cubero, Andrea Orlandi and Nile Ranger have had their contracts extended for another 12 months. However, Cubero’s work permit issues and a possible release clause in Orlandi’s contract could see both leave this summer, while Ranger has been AWOL since November and it would be a surprise to see him return to the club.
Most of Pool’s other players have very little senior experience, meaning that whoever takes the managerial reins faces a huge job.
Midfielder Jamie O’Hara has been offered a two-year deal which would see him become the club’s highest-paid player, but the 28-year-old looks even less likely to commit to League One football following the resignation of manager Lee Clark.
Another player heading for the exit door is striker Steven Davies.
The 27-year-old struck a deal in March to join Sheffield United for the rest of the season and he fired three goals in 14 games for the League One side.
However, after the Blades’ play-off semi-final defeat to Swindon, boss Nigel Clough decided against offering the striker a deal at Bramall Lane.
Pool did have an option to extend his contract for another 12 months but decided not to do so.
Offers remain on the table for youth team trio Bright Osayi-Samuel, Mark Waddington and Dom Telford but none has yet signed. Darren O’Dea has confirmed his release and Tom Barkhuizen has signed a two-year deal at Morecambe.
Tony McMahon, Tomasz Cykwa, Gary MacKenzie, Jacob Mellis and Francois Zoko have left after ending the season away from Bloomfield Road on loan.
Worryingly, Pool again find themselves without a senior keeper after Elliot Parish’s s extension option was not activated, while Joe Lewis has returned to Cardiff after a season-long loan.
Also leaving the club are Andre Blackman, Nathan Delfouneso, Joel Dielna, Bobby Grant, Nyron Nosworthy, Jeffrey Rentmeister and Saer Sene.Lee Clark made the calls on who stays and goes, including the surprise release of defender Peter Clarke, before resigning as Seasiders manager .