Opinion: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood

Following the surprise departure of Colin Calderwood last month, Blackpool appointed former Bradford and Motherwell manager Stuart McCall last week. Our new writer Isaac Selley has reviewed this appointment and the departure of the man who many fans felt was pivotal in last season’s success. The Colin Calderwood-shaped hole has now been filled by StuartContinue reading “Opinion: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood”

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”

Interview: Alan Nixon gives transfer update on Embleton and Gabriel

Things are likely to come to a head on Elliot Embleton and Jordan Gabriel in the next couple of weeks according to reputable journalist Alan Nixon. Blackpool have been rumoured to be chasing the two former loanees, who helped fire the Pool to the Championship last season, all summer but both have returned to parentContinue reading “Interview: Alan Nixon gives transfer update on Embleton and Gabriel”

Transfer News: Sonny at the Seaside

Last week, Sonny Carey signed for Blackpool from King’s Lynn, following the ongoing rumours over the last few weeks as per my recent piece highlighting that it might be in the pipeline. The Seasiders saw off competition from the likes of Luton, Bournemouth and Swansea to secure a deal with the attacking midfielder. ApproachIt’s notContinue reading “Transfer News: Sonny at the Seaside”

Transfer News: Case Closed – Olly Casey Signs

I mean it was no big mystery really was it? At last the rumours have come to fruition and former Leeds centre-back Oliver Casey joins the Pool on another three year deal. He joins Marvin Ekpiteta, Jordan Thorniley, Daniel Gretarsson and James Husband as options in the centre of defence. It’s a new era forContinue reading “Transfer News: Case Closed – Olly Casey Signs”

Opinion: Who should Blackpool sign this summer?

In this blog I analyse the various transfer rumours of who Blackpool have been linked with and suggest a few names I think we should consider, based on our recruitment strategy over the past few windows. Firstly the Rumours Oliver Casey – Centre Back – Leeds U23Very much a young project, who has been likenedContinue reading “Opinion: Who should Blackpool sign this summer?”

Transfer News: Glad All Bowler

For a man who ran Liverpool’s academy, Neil Critchley seems intent on signing products of Everton’s youth set-up. On Saturday, the club confirmed the signing of Josh Bowler, a winger for the Toffee’s U-23 team who has previous experience on loan at Hull City. He follows Ellis Simms and joins Shane Lavery as the latestContinue reading “Transfer News: Glad All Bowler”

Transfer News: Lavery Jubbly

Derek Spence, James Quinn, Craig Cathcart, Daniel Ballard, Shayne Lavery. We have a good history of Northern Irish players and that trend looks set to continue as the 22-year-old striker joins from Linfield in his home country after a prolific two-year spell since leaving Everton. It was a case of three is the magic numberContinue reading “Transfer News: Lavery Jubbly”

Transfer News: Getting to know Reece James

When Blackpool announced their first signing of the summer as full-back Reece James, there will have definitely been a couple of eyebrows raised! However, it was a case of “Not That One!”, as the England International’s namesake Reece James joins the Pool on a free transfer from Doncaster Rovers. This follows a very fruitful 2020/21Continue reading “Transfer News: Getting to know Reece James”

Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler

A week on from our success at Wembley, it still hasn’t sunk in what has happened and that Blackpool FC are in the Championship.. I felt compelled to summarise my thoughts and thank Simon Sadler – and everyone else associated with the club – for what’s happened over the last couple of years, but ofContinue reading “Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler”

Opinion: Three Key Points from Blackpool’s Released List

Blackpool published their Retained/Released list yesterday afternoon. It included a couple of surprises with Ollie Turton and Sullay Kaikai – our two longest serving players – both departing. So what does this all mean and where do we go from here? If you haven’t already seen it; here’s the full breakdown: New contracts offered to: Continue reading “Opinion: Three Key Points from Blackpool’s Released List”

Opinion: Lincoln City: A very different challenge

Having booked our trip to Wembley, let’s look at our final hurdle to promotion. Can the Pool beat Lincoln to become victorious in the play-offs once again? On Saturday, Lincoln City beat Sunderland with a narrow 3-2 victory on aggregate and secured their spot in the League One play-off final. Many Imps fans will beContinue reading “Opinion: Lincoln City: A very different challenge”

Oxford Report: Half way there…

Yes, it’s a little late… but I was celebrating a stunning performance from a well balanced team, made all the more impressive in front of Oxford’s fans as well as the Sky Sports cameras at the Kassam Stadium. 3-0, but what about three minutes in? There’s some things in life you can guarantee: death, taxesContinue reading “Oxford Report: Half way there…”

Opinion: Play-Off Hopes – Can We Go All The Way?

Having booked our trip to the Kassam Stadium in the semi final of the League One play-offs on Tuesday night, followed by the return fixture on Friday – can the Pool reign victorious in the play-offs once again? I analyse the likelihood of the Tangerines making it to Wembley for a eighth time. With theContinue reading “Opinion: Play-Off Hopes – Can We Go All The Way?”

Opinion: Ranking the signings under the current board

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the signings from last summer, which made me consider the impact the new board has had since they were appointed by Simon Sadler. After a chaotic first summer for Sadler where Terry McPhillips was replaced by Simon Grayson and the majority of our signings wereContinue reading “Opinion: Ranking the signings under the current board”

Five good, five bad – Doncaster (h)

Well, it’s into the play-offs and into third place after a 2-0 win against Doncaster. It never feels comfortable when you’re living through it, but on reflection it never seemed in doubt and we strolled to a win fairly simply. The biggest concern now is the squad depth which seems to be getting worse ratherContinue reading “Five good, five bad – Doncaster (h)”

Five Good, Five Bad – Lincoln (a)

The Seasiders were at it again on the road with a strong first half performance but were undone by some basic errors. To not leave with three points really was painful, after witnessing some fantastic football on show, making another top six side look distinctively average at times. Pre-kick off I’d have taken a drawContinue reading “Five Good, Five Bad – Lincoln (a)”

Interview: Thomas Ince: “I’ll try and take some notes from my dad about managing… but not too many”

Former Blackpool winger Thomas Ince has lifted the lid on what it was like to play under his dad when he was at Bloomfield Road, and unsurprisingly it wasn’t easy for him. The then-22 year old infamously played for 11 months under his dad’s management before the duo went on a European tour to tryContinue reading “Interview: Thomas Ince: “I’ll try and take some notes from my dad about managing… but not too many””

Opinion: What we can learn from our start to the season

When you think back to the first few games of the season, many a Blackpool fan will shudder and think of the comments they made on social media – and rightly so. This season was unique in that nobody could voice their opinions in the stand and therefore opinions were amplified online. Back in October,Continue reading “Opinion: What we can learn from our start to the season”

Review: Five good, Five bad – Gillingham (h)

With that Blackpool win it almost certainly puts Gillingham’s promotion push to bed. If Blackpool lost it would have made it a whole lot tougher for the Seasiders. This game really was crunch time, a milestone which would define either side’s season. Pre-match nerves were at an all time high, but they needn’t have been.Continue reading “Review: Five good, Five bad – Gillingham (h)”