New Blackpool boss Neil Critchley has been speaking to the press ahead of his first game in charge at Bloomfield Road and insisted it will take time for him to impose his style of play on the Seasiders.
However, he was encouraged by what he saw during Saturday’s 0-0 draw at promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town and felt his side showed some promising signs at Highbury.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, he said: ‘We will develop our way of playing, and we’ll develop our style and what we want to do in and out of possession between now and the end of the season. That will be really important.’
‘That might take a little bit of time, but I think there was some evidence of that already in the first half against Fleetwood.’
‘That’s something we want to try and build on and continue.’
Critchley left his post as Liverpool Under-23s boss last week to take the Blackpool job after a run of only one win in twelve games put an end to Simon Grayson’s second spell at the club.
Blackpool are currently thirteenth in League One and host a Tranmere side this evening who have suddenly found some form after a disappointing return to the third tier. While they remain deep in relegation trouble, wins over Shrewsbury and Accrington have closed the gap to safety and given their fans hope of a great escape.
Nonetheless, Critchley will be hopeful his side earn him his first win in charge and consolidate their position in mid-table.
Like all managers, Critchley will need some time. However, following years in the doldrums under the hated Oyston ownership, Blackpool fans are impatient to get back to the Championship.
We hope the Bloomfield Road faithful are patient with him and feel if they are Critchley could prove to be a great appointment.
Nonetheless, we fell in-form Tranmere will take at least a point home with them tonight.