Blackpool’s season was doomed from the start

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

Ahead of their trip to Bolton, Blackpool are 13 points adrift at the bottom of the Championship but it comes as no surprise.

Blackpool’s plight in 2014-15 is not really a surprise to anyone. Their season was doomed from the start.

The Tangerines were a Premier League club just four years ago but a complete lack of sufficient investment has seen them go backwards ever since.

They began the campaign under Jose Riga, who won just one game before he was replaced by current boss Lee Clark.

After miraculously keeping Birmingham City up on the final day of last season, Clark really did face an impossible task this time around.

Two weeks before the season began, Blackpool had just eight professional players on their books, meaning they had to panic buy most of their squad which left them with no time to gel them together and produce a team with any hope of staying up.

Since then, an almost laughable total of 50 players have featured in the Championship this season and results have been predictable.

They have become the whipping boys of the division and the fans are understandably not happy.

Last time out, the home fans boycotted the game against Leeds United in protest of owner Karl Oysten’s running of the club.

It was a culmination of a full season of unrest on the terraces.

In all honesty, the fans have had a long time to get used to the fact they will be a League One club next season but it does not make their current situation any better.

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