Terry takes it one game at a time with Blackpool

Terry McPhillips is still to hear if he will be the new Blackpool manager
Terry McPhillips is still to hear if he will be the new Blackpool manager
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Terry McPhillips insists he is not looking beyond Blackpool’s midweek Checkatrade Trophy tie despite the club being expected to confirm their managerial appointment this week.

Club chairwoman Natalie Christopher confirmed last week that a full-time boss will be installed in the coming days.

However, an exact date has not been confirmed, meaning McPhillips has no other option but to plan the team for Tuesday night’s trip to Macclesfield Town.

McPhillips, who recently revealed for the first time that he wants the job having originally taken over on a temporary basis following Gary Bowyer’s resignation, remains the favourite.

He said: “Until told differently I’ll be in charge and I’m preparing for Macclesfield already. I will just wait for them to come to me now and let me know.

“We’ll be back in on Monday and we’ve got the game on Tuesday, so as far as I know that’s what I’ll be doing.

“What we said last week was we’ll do Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday which was Accrington, Doncaster and Walsall and that was agreed with some of the senior players and Natalie.

“Is there a timescale on that? We didn’t say ‘we’ll know by Monday’ so we’ll see.”

In the seven games McPhillips has taken charge of, Blackpool have lost just once, winning three and drawing three.

It could have been even better for the Seasiders, who once again failed to capitalise on a promising performance in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Walsall.

“We haven’t got enough points for the performances we have put in, that’s for sure,” McPhillips added.

“But I can’t fault the lads for their effort.

“I think my chances of being the manager would have increased had we won, that’s obvious isn’t it?

“But I’ve loved it. It’s been seven games and you don’t know something until you try it so I’ve tried it now and it’s exciting.

“That feeling of disappointment after the game is a measure of how far we have come as a group. But we need to start winning, don’t we? It’s as simple as that.

“We want to win on Tuesday then we’ve got a big game at home against Bradford.

“If we win that then this point at high-flying Walsall is not a bad point.

“We need to score more goals, it’s as simple as that.

“Three 0-0s away from home, brilliant, great and all that but only if we’re backing them up with home wins.

“In the end it’s all about putting the ball in the back of the net if you want to win the game.

“We’re disappointed. You go in the dressing room and the lads are devastated, they’re gutted.

“It’s quiet because they know it’s a chance for three points which would have rounded off a good week for us.

“Credit to the lads though, they worked their socks off.”