Why social media gaffes aren't doing Blackpool any favours

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

Blackpool - rooted to the foot of the Championship table - are enduring a season to forget on and off the field.

Blackpool's woes increased this week as they prepared to return Chelsea loanee Islam Feruz to his parent club following an indiscretion on social media and a lack of impact on the field. Feruz has only played 16 minutes for Blackpool during a loan spell which was due to last until the end of the season.

Tweets attributed to Feruz, per the Blackpool Gazette, have circulated on the internet this week making light of the Seasiders plight in the Championship, joking that the team kicks off more often than it takes corners. This came after a midweek battering against Brentford that saw the Bees take 42 shots during a 4-0 win and prior to a bottom of the table scrap at the weekend that Wigan Athletic won 3-1.

It's not the first time this season a loan player has fallen foul of a social media gaffe. Norwich player Jacob Murphy was sent back to Carrow Road after a snapchat of him and Donervan Daniels in Blackpool kits with the caption "We're going to lose again" went viral on social media.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark has an unfortunate history with loan players, blaming the attitude of some for the troubles his former club Birmingham City went through in the second half of last season. A press conference, per the BBC, with Blues skipper Paul Robinson laid bare the poor attitude of some younger players and questioned their passion for keeping the club up.

Social media strife isn't only restricted to the playing staff at Bloomfield Road; Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is the subject of an FA investigation, as reported by the Daily Mail, into his conduct after allegedly sending various abusive text messages to a fan. He has also served writs on various fans and fans forums concerning messages about him.

With the Seasiders in freefall and seemingly destined for the drop, one wonders how much worse the club are making life for themselves with the continuing online issues and if the infighting between players and manager, along with the fans and the club, is just making their descent to League One all the more inevitable.

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