Opinion: Michael Appleton – 10 Years On

Michael Appleton is back for a second spell as Blackpool’s head coach, with a remit to “kick-on” and continue Blackpool’s progress in the Championship. But what has he been up to over the last decade, and what should Blackpool fans expect? Michael Appleton is not popular among Blackpool fans. We know it. He knows it.Continue reading “Opinion: Michael Appleton – 10 Years On”

Analysis: The Curse of the Back Three

Blackpool’s form has tailed off recently, dropping to 17th in the Championship. We’ve analysed our performances over the last few games compared to those in our previous good run and found that the number of defenders is a key issue. A bad run We look like a cursed side at the moment, having played sevenContinue reading “Analysis: The Curse of the Back Three”

Analysis: Cats and Dogs living Harmony? Examining Blackpool’s centre-backs 

This is the third article in a series looking at Blackpool’s set-up across the pitch. The previous pieces looked at how Blackpool replicate the world’s elite by attacking with five players and use an effective “double pivot” in midfield. In this article, we’ll look at Blackpool’s centre-back partnership through the analogy of household pets. AreContinue reading “Analysis: Cats and Dogs living Harmony? Examining Blackpool’s centre-backs “

Analysis: Blackpool’s pivotal midfield

This is the second in a series looking at Blackpool’s tactics in all aspects of the game. The previous piece, published in September, looked at how Blackpool replicate the world’s elite by attacking with five players. In this article, we’ll look at Blackpool’s midfield – and how we use a double pivot to get theContinue reading “Analysis: Blackpool’s pivotal midfield”

Analysis: The Tactical Tools that beat Fulham

Fulham came into Bloomfield Road as runaway favourites to win the Championship. They were freshly relegated from the Premier League, had spent more than every other team combined and have a young, exciting manager in Marco Silva. Blackpool, newly-promoted, were yet to win a game and sitting within the relegation zone. But Fulham left withContinue reading “Analysis: The Tactical Tools that beat Fulham”

Transfer Analysis: Walking in a Wintle Wonderland

Blackpool have confirmed the signing of Ryan Wintle on loan from Cardiff City. Here’s what the tangerine army need to know about our 10th signing of the summer: Background Wintle is joining on a season-long loan from Cardiff, who do hold the option to recall him in January. The Bluebirds signed Wintle on a freeContinue reading “Transfer Analysis: Walking in a Wintle Wonderland”

Analysis: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams

Blackpool are sitting in the Championship relegation zone, are winless in the league and have crashed out of the Carabao Cup. Neil Critchley’s squad has not started 2020/21 as an elite side – although they are playing like it. In their performances this season, the Seasiders have consistently attacked goal with a structure shared byContinue reading “Analysis: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams”

Opinion: UTMP Predict the League Table

We didn’t do too bad on the League One predictions. Dan faired better than others by naming three of the four going down (Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town) and getting one of the promoted teams in Peterborough. This time we decided to publish the tables instead of our usual combined league table prediction. ConorContinue reading “Opinion: UTMP Predict the League Table”

Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?

With Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship, Neil Critchley and the Seasiders have the unenviable task of trying to keep the club in the second tier among fierce competition. There are no longer four clear laggards in the Championship (just one in Derby County!). Blackpool could play well, transition better than your average promoted side andContinue reading “Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?”

Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules

Neil Critchley’s experience and connections at the Premier League U-23 level continue to pay-off; securing the services of Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules for a season long-loan. The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Doncaster Rovers in League One, has also had a loan spell with Lincoln City. It was with Lincoln where he scored his firstContinue reading “Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules”