KEITH Southern has told his Blackpool team-mates the time has come to move on from the disappointment of relegation.
The popular midfielder, who will kick off his ninth season at Bloomfield Road in August, says it is vital to get the final-day gloom at Manchester United out of their system and focus on bouncing back.
Southern said: “It’s been a really tough few weeks getting your head around what has happened. I think we were unlucky but we were relegated. We’ve just got to bounce back now and look to the future.
“The Premier League is the only place to play but we weren’t good enough to stay up. It’s about how you react now.
“We’ll come back in a month’s time raring to go and looking to get back in the Premier League again.”
Ian Holloway’s men are due to return for pre-season training on July 2.
Pool have been underdogs throughout Southern’s time at the club – ever since he signed from Everton as a 21-year-old in 2002 – but he expects a totally new kind of pressure in the Championship next season.
He said: “There will be a lot more expectancy among everybody. The media and our fans will be expecting us to be up there but we won’t get carried away with that.
“We’ve just got to focus on what’s important, recruit some good players and get a good pre-season under our belt.
“The Championship is an excellent league in its own right, with some excellent sides. It will be a fight and we have to dig in. Everyone knows how difficult it is but hopefully we’ll bounce back.”