Blackpool hero Trevor Sinclair has backed Lee Clark to turn the club’s fortunes around, saying: “Don’t blame him if Pool go down”.
The former England winger, who played more than 100 times for the Seasiders after coming through the club’s youth system, believes the current boss isn’t to blame for the problems at Bloomfield Road.
The 41-year-old insists Clark has been forced to pick up the pieces and wants fans to get behind him.
Sinclair said: “I spent some time with Lee last week and we spoke about the current situation.
“If Blackpool do go down, it won’t be down to Lee Clark. It’s down to other issues that have gone on before he arrived.
“If we do go down, the players are going to need the support of the fans.
“Lee has some great ideas, and if people get behind him then I’d back him to sort the team out.
“Sometimes going down can be a blessing in disguise. It will then be about bringing in young, hungry players and hopefully starting rebuilding for the future.”
Sinclair, whose 12 England caps include four won at the 2002 World Cup Finals, left Pool for QPR in 1993 and went on to enjoy spells at West Ham and Manchester City.
But his heart still belongs on the Fylde coast and he said: “I consider myself a Blackpool supporter.
“I live on the Fylde and I come to Bloomfield Road whenever I get the chance.
“Three of my boys have joined the academy.
“I believe in Blackpool Football Club – it’s always been fantastic to me and the fans are brilliant.”
Sinclair attended last week’s home defeat by Middlesbrough and is fully aware of the protests against the Oyston family and their running of the club.
He says he shares the fans’ pain and blamed the club’s summer transfer strategy for their current league position.
“I sympathise with the fans and their frustrations. I’m a fan myself,” added Sinclair.
“The problems on the field now stem from the summer, when the squad wasn’t in place early enough and they were always going to be playing catch-up.
“Pool’s record in the last 10 games has been better than most of the teams around us.
“Sadly, we gave ourselves a mountain to climb and it can be impossible, but we are still not mathematically down.
“We all know the situation we are in. We need to start picking up some wins away from home and maybe we will have a chance.
“The players are all working for the manager and I still hope the club can turn this around. You never know what could happen.
“If Blackpool don’t survive, then they have to look forward and not back – off the field as well as on it.”