Blackpool beat Millwall 1-0 yesterday for their first win in 101 days
It was a long wait and it looked like it might never happen but Blackpool finally won a game in 2014.The club had been going through an atrocious run of form, and things off the pitch weren't exactly pleasing for the fans either but The Tangerines finally managed a victory, and it came against the man who was responsible for their only season in the Premier League; Ian Holloway.
After an unexpected great start to the season, it looked as if Blackpool could be contenders for a play-off spot in the Championship this season. However results gradually tailed off, Paul Ince was unhappy with the lack of investment in the squad and there was continuous questions regarding the future of Tom Ince.
Both Ince's eventually departed Bloomfield Road and as of yet they still haven't replaced either. Barry Ferguson remains caretaker player-manager and it has been a baptism of fire for him with this being his first role as a manager. It's remarkable he's still only caretaker given Ince was sacked on the 21st January. Although still registered as a player he hasn't been playing himself in the team, choosing to watch from the sidelines instead. But in truth the club desperately needs someone like him to be playing. He is still a great player at this level, and his leadership skills would be vital for them in the middle of the park.
Blackpool were in the top flight just three years ago, and are still receiving parachute payments since their immediate relegation.
Financially they are in a very healthy position compared to most other teams. Much to the frustration of the fans chairman Karl Oyston is refusing to invest that money back into the side.
A lot of it seems to being paid to other companies owned by the Oyston family. When they did achieve promotion with Holloway in 2010 they did so on a very tight budget, and Oyston thinks that's how they can do it again. But that is highly unlikely, given the huge TV package awaiting in the Premier League, other clubs are spending big and gambling a bit in order to reap the rewards.
Oyston confirmed he has no plans to invest more money into developing the squad despite his parent company posting very healthy figures for the last financial year.
It's devastating news for the fans; the chairman just seems happy for them to be operating well financially due to minimal expenditure but the team and fans are suffering from that.
The fans have campaigned against the Oyston's with banners and stickers around the town stating they are 'ruining our club'. Sam Oyston, son of Karl often laughs at the expense of the frustrated Blackpool fans on Twitter.
The club was sliding rapidly down the table and confidence will have been at an all-time low. The longer the rot goes on the harder it gets to try and stop it. A few more games without victory and Blackpool could well have been in the bottom three. Whilst they are far from safe now, the win could help turn around the form. Some belief may be instilled into the side, and a couple more victories should see them safe. However next season doesn't offer much hope for the fans if there is no investment. They would hope to at least have a permanent manager in charge by then though.