Neil McDonald insists Blackpool’s players do care about their League One plight.
The Seasiders are 90 minutes from back-to-back relegations and manager McDonald again came under fire from supporters after Saturday’s 4-0 home defeat by Wigan, with many turning to social media to call for him to resign.
But with his team not yet dead and buried, even if they need a favour from bottom club Crewe at Fleetwood, the Pool boss insists his players have the passion to succeed.
McDonald insisted: “We do care. Everyone cares here about the club’s position.
“We are trying extremely hard to rectify where we are and move up that league.
“We’ve always responded to criticism in the past and we’ve also stayed level-headed when we have received praise.
“When you are losing games in a precarious position, it’s always difficult.
“But we have to rise above it all and keep believing in what we are doing.”
McDonald, who snubbed the written press after Saturday’s defeat, has insisted all season his remit is to keep Blackpool in League One.
And with just one game to go at Peterborough on Sunday, that goal could still be achieved but McDonald insists he is hurting as much as anyone because survival is now out of his team’s control.
He said: “It’s with me 24/7 at the moment and it has been all season. You live and breath it all.
“I may not be from Blackpool, but I’m the Blackpool manager and I take my role very seriously.
“We are working extremely hard and we’ll keep on doing that for the final game of the season.”