Pool talks could ‘drag on’

Ludovic Sylvestre has been offered a new Pool deal
Ludovic Sylvestre has been offered a new Pool deal
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Paul Ince has revealed contract offers have gone into a number of Pool players, but warns the process could drag on.

A host of first team players are out of contract this summer, with the likes of Ludo Sylvestre, Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Alex Baptiste and Kirk Broadfoot all able to walk for free should a deal not be agreed.

Players who have options written into their contracts could face an even longer wait, Pool have until the third week in May to inform them whether or not they’ll be staying at Bloomfield Road for another year.

Despite having options on the likes of Barry Ferguson and Stephen Crainey, it’s expected the club will offer them new contracts and will speak to them in due course.

And Ince has warned all this won’t happen overnight.

He said: “We’ve made a few offers to players, but it’s a long process.

“We are still half thinking about the game on Saturday.

“We don’t want to take the focus away from Saturday’s game.

“The minute we finished last week I think everyone was thinking about getting things done.

“But unfortunately we have another game to play.

“We have to go and do it for the fans and do it for ourselves.

“If it means having to take next week too, then we have to.

“The players are looking forward to Bolton, then after that they’ll start thinking about the future.”

Ince had originally promised to inform all players he plans to release ahead of this weekend’s trip to Bolton.

However, he now feels it will be best to wait until after Saturday’s game is out the way.

“We won’t be realising anyone before the Bolton game now,” he revealed.

“I think it’s important we don’t have people moping around, that’s the last thing we want.

“The spirit has been great since I was here.

“Sadly as a manager I’ll have to tell some players they are no longer wanted, but that’s football.

“These things now need to be done after Saturday.”

Blackpool’s squad were treated to a team building shooting trip with chairman Karl Oyston this morning, before returning to train at Squires Gate in the afternoon.

And tomorrow will be the final training session many have as Blackpool players.

Ince added: “We will be addressing the core of the team straight after Saturday’s game.

“Maybe on Monday or whatever.

“We need to deal with the players who are totally out of contract and try and get them sorted.

“The ones who have options we’ll just be waiting a little bit longer.”