We’re spoilt at Bloomfield, says Blackpool boss

Manager Neil McDonald
Manager Neil McDonald
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Blackpool begin training in Scotland today, with manager Neil McDonald claiming his players are “spoilt” at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders have been using facilities at the stadium while those at their much-criticised Squires Gate training base are upgraded.

McDonald’s 18-man squad checked into their Stirling University base last night and will play Ross County and St Johnstone in the next five days .

One of the new manager’s first tasks at Blackpool was to convince chairman Karl Oyston to press ahead with planned improvements to their training ground.

McDonald said: “We are quite spoilt at Bloomfield Road to be fair. We use the hotel for breakfast and lunch, so the lads are well hydrated as well as refuelling between our two sessions a day.

“The training ground has been redeveloped and that’s why we are working from the stadium.

“The progress with that is coming along nicely. They are just waiting to knock the building down now and have been doing some other work.

“We’ll base ourselves at the stadium until the full training ground is up and running.

“(Former manager) Lee Clark broached the subject with the chairman but I’ve hammered home the importance of sorting the training ground.”

Another major talking point this summer is the Bloomfield Road pitch.

A photograph of the pitch covered in readiness for Thursday’s Neil Diamond concert was published in yesterday’s Gazette, prompting some worried fans to fear a repeat of the shocking pitch problems of previous seasons.

But McDonald is satisfied that won’t be the case. “I know there’s been a lot of talk about the state of the pitch,” he said. “Forget about the concert – I’ve spoken to the groundsman and I’m told it was down to using the pitch too much.

“We have to make sure the training ground can accommodate us properly.”