Pool favourite Steve Thompson returns to Bloomfield Road for the first time tomorrow, saddened by the state of the club.
The 50-year-old played a huge part in Blackpool’s rise from League One to the Premier League as assistant manager to both Simon Grayson and Ian Holloway.
Now number two at tomorrow’s opponents Leeds United the popular coach says he’s taking no pleasure out of the current mess.
“It will be very emotional coming back tomorrow, you see what’s happening with the club at the moment, it’s so sad to see,” he said.
“Being a local lad I hear what’s happening. If someone had said the club would be where they are now four years ago I’d never have believed them.
“The club have lost a lot of players and staff who really cared about the club.
“There’s just no good news coming out of that club at the moment and I really feel for the fans.”
While Thompson was twice caretaker manager at Bloomfield Road after the departures of Holloway and Michael Appleton, his greatest moment came with promotion the the Premier League in 2010.
It’s something he says makes the current decline even tougher to take, adding: “You look at what me and Ian Holloway did there and there are some fantastic memories, but they are just distant memories now.
“Everything is doom and gloom at the moment. I just hope the fans can have something to cheer about in the future as they deserve it.
“I think there were a lot of people at the club who went the extra yard to cover up the cracks in the past.
“It’s so sad to see the club now.”
Thompson arrives back at Bloomfield Road tomorrow with his Leeds side on the back of a superb 3-0 win against Fulham on Wednesday.
There’s been a huge turnaround in fortunes since he joined up with old mate Neil Redfearn in December with Leeds just a point above the relegation zone.
But after an excellent run they are now comfortable in the middle of the Championship.
“It will be great to come and thank the Blackpool fans for all the support they’ve given me over the years,” he said.
“I had some fantastic times at Bloomfield Road but I’m at Leeds now and it’s been a fresh start for me.
“Leeds United speaks for itself, it’s an absolutely massive club and it’s great to be back coaching hands on.
“Neil Redfearn and I kept in touch with each other since we played together as kids at Bolton, so it’s been great to link back up with him.
“It’s great, it’s exciting times at Elland Road.
“I’m at Leeds as assistant manager now and it was a no brainer to come and work here, it was a fantastic opportunity.
“When I went to Leeds we were one point above relegation, so it’s great to see us climbing up the table.
“We are now looking upwards rather than over our shoulder.
“We have some fantastic youngsters coming through at the club, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Sam Bryam. These are some of the best young players I’ve ever worked with.
“Hopefully we can get Leeds back where they should be, they are a giant.”