McDonald: I've left Blackpool stronger than before I arrived

Neil McDonald claims he's left Blackpool with '˜stronger foundations' than when he arrived.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 10:09 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 11:16 pm
Neil McDonald

The 50-year-old revealed in a statement tonight he’s ‘pleased’ with the job he did at Bloomfield Road, despite leading the side to a terrible relegation to League Two.

Under McDonald Pool failed to score in half their league games and were relegated after a 5-1 hammering on the final day at Peterborough.

But McDonald insists he’s left the club in a better state.

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“Despite being extremely disappointed by our relegation from Sky Bet League One, I am pleased with the work we have done over the past 12 months to rebuild the squad,” he said.

“I leave having laid stronger foundations than when I first arrived.

“There is now a very capable squad with a core of good young players, who I’m certain will continue their development and challenge in League Two next year.”

McDonald recently described managing Blackpool as ‘impossible’ with off-the-field issues blighting his time in charge.

And after dealing with fall-outs, fan protests and difficult transfer dealings, McDonald admitted it was far from easy.

He said: “It has been a hugely challenging role, but one which I am honoured to have held.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Blackpool Football Club, its staff, players and fans for their support throughout what has been a very difficult season.

“I wish the club the very best of luck in the future and I hope they bounce straight back to League One.”