Quotes in the Blackpool Gazette from Neil McDonald reveal he thinks criticism of his squad is ‘a little disrespectful’ after being asked about new signings.
The pressure is on to add to the squad before the transfer deadline after an extremely poor start to the season, leading to the conclusion that much more quality is needed if Pool are to improve this season.
Though McDonald insists the current squad is good enough, he told the Gazette: “The players are giving everything they`ve got at the moment but aren`t getting their just rewards.Not everyone is writing them off yet, people are asking if they are good enough.”
He added: “I suppose that`s a question you get when you don`t win but I`m confident the players will get the results they require. On the whole the performances have been quite good.”
It may be too early to write the current squad off completely, but additions are definitely needed if the first few games are anything to go by. The squad is still extremely small and the team has lacked quality in several areas so far.
However McDonald insists transfer efforts are ongoing, and the Blackpool Gazette has revealed a contract has been offered to a young Southampton striker who has been on trial recently.
Speaking about transfers, McDonald told the Gazette: “It`s ongoing and we are waiting for answers. It`s a little bit frustrating that we aren`t getting the answers we want. These players haven`t said no, we are hoping for a yes back and we can get deals done. I have to ask for everyone to be patient.”
Adding: “We still have a few days left until the window closes and we are trying for as many as we can. After that we`ll try and exploit the loan market.”
It seems clear that McDonald has faced a few rejections from players who don’t want to play in the current environment surrounding Blackpool Football Club, and who can blame them?
As more time passes, the chances of Pool signing the sufficient amount of players with enough quality to get the side winning games seems more and more unlikely.
McDonald’s talk of exploiting the loan market sounds like what Pool’s transfer policy has been in recent years. Not enough players are signed permanently so loan signings are brought in to make up the numbers, which is what happened last season and didn’t work at all.
The transfer window ends on Tuesday and the Seasiders are running out of time to complete the signings they so desperately need. McDonald may think it’s ‘disrespectful’ to the current squad to insist new additions are needed, but the facts don’t lie, signings are needed.