Blackpool Make Managerial Decision

After missing out on the play-offs, which was their pre-season goal, there was some talk amongst the Blackpool fanbase questioning whether Neil Critchley was the right man to take them forward.

They would only just miss out on the play-offs though, finishing eighth just three points behind Barnsley who took the final spot. What is potentially most painful for both fans and players alike is that they would’ve made the post-season with a final day victory over Reading. Despite going ahead, the Tangerines would end up losing 3-2, killing off any chance that they had.

Perhaps they were unlucky with various injury crisis’ across the season but it easy to see that Blackpool were simply not consistent enough this season. They’d struggle to ever put a decent winning run together and would struggle away from Bloomfield Road which would ultimately be what cost them.

With high expectations at the club, promotion will once again be the aim and it seems as if a decision has already been made on who will be leading them on their quest to the Championship next term.

Despite not reaching their goal this season, the club are deciding to stick with Neil Critchley, who is now in his second spell with the club. During his first, between 2020 and 2022, he’d lead the Tangerines to promotion via the play-offs in the 2020-21 season. Having that promotion on his cv no doubt enhances his claims and the board obviously believe that he can repeat that feat.

In an interview with The Gazette, Blackpool’s CEO Julian Winter stated that he has faith in Critchley and will continue to back the manager.

“We set off with a top six target, and there was a moment in the final game where we were actually there. It was disappointing not to get there, so it’s important we all refocus and make sure we do next time.

“Like in anything you do, you’ve got to learn along the way. Everyone would agree the main disappointment was the away form, and we have to find a way to improve that through player acquisitions and our approach to those games, but that’s down to Neil (Critchley) and the players.

“The commitment is we’re continuing with Critch (Neil Critchley), the staff and the players. We want to improve and develop it, and it’s important that we do.”

Writer’s View

Perhaps some fans will be surprised that the club are backing Critchley after missing out on their goal this season but they weren’t far off at all. If able to improve their away form next term then they’ll almost certainly be in the promotion picture.

That being said, it does look to be a stronger League One renewal next season and if falling behind early, the club may opt for a change in management.

Recruitment will be key this summer if the Tangerines are to push on and achieve promotion to the Championship. Improvements are currently needed across the pitch after losing a couple of notable names but a plan is no doubt in place and we may well see a stronger Blackpool side next season.

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