Thommo’s warning to Pool sulkers

Steve Thompson
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STEVE Thompson says he won’t tolerate any sulkers at Blackpool.

Pool still have a massive squad of more than 35 professionals after little pre-deadline transfer activity at Bloomfield Road.

Clubs did make enquiries about Pool’s fringe players, with Tom Barkhuizen and Nathan Eccleston turning down opportunities to move elsewhere on loan.

Bids for skipper Alex Baptiste and star man Tom Ince were also rejected by the club.

But while those senior players are happy to stay until the end of the season at least, many of the fringe players’ frustrations are growing.

And Thompson says he will be keeping a close eye on their attitude. Pool’s caretaker boss for the past three weeks said: “We don’t have sulkers or people feeling sorry for themselves.

“I had another meeting with some of the lads this week. I told them how I expect them to behave and what I expect from them on and off the pitch.”

Pool go into today’s home clash with Barnsley after another disjointed week’s training.

The Squires Gate training ground had been flooded, forcing them to use several different venues.

Thompson admitted: “We know there are issues regarding the training pitches and the training ground. These problems won’t go away overnight, so we have to just get on with it.

“You’ll never meet a more positive bunch.”

Despite adding only two loan players during last month’s transfer window, Manchester City defender Reece Wabara and striker Matt Derbyshire from Nottingham Forest, Thompson is remaining positive ahead of his fifth game in charge since Michael Appleton’s departure.

He added: “There are a lot of managers who have said they’d love to be a point behind Blackpool at the end of the season.

“We still have that bunch (of players) now. I’ve spoken to them all and told them that.

“It’s not been ideal with the two managers leaving, but that’s gone now. We have to show this league what we are all about.

“We’ve had too many draws, but hopefully the win at Wolves will give us the confidence to go and hurt teams.”

This afternoon’s visitors remain in the Championship drop zone but have won four of their last six games under new manager David Flitcroft.

Thompson added: “Barnsley’s confidence is sky-high at the moment. We had them watched the other day, so we know what we are all about.

“They are a very hard-working, honest team. We’ll give them respect, but if we play how we can we should be fine.”