Blackpool’s plummet down to League One is a very sad one

Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, at night

Blackpool were the first club in the Football League to get relegated after succumbing to the inevitable drop over the Easter period.

It has been a long time coming but it was confirmed last weekend that Blackpool would be playing League One football next season.

Rotherham United’s victory over Brighton & Hove Albion was enough to see Lee Clark’s crisis club finally drop out of the Championship after months of poor form.

They have fielded a league high of 49 different players this season, having had only eight professionals on their books just two weeks before the opening game. The inconsistency in selection has not helped them but neither has the problems off the field.

The fans have regularly protested and even boycotted the odd game due to chairman Karl Oysten’s running of the club. They are completely disillusioned with the sheer lack of investment over the last two years which has seen them pay the ultimate price.

They have been rooted to the bottom of the table since October, having won just four league games, which all finished 1-0, and their relegation was inevitable.

Their demise over the last couple of years has been an extremely sad one.

Back in 2010, Blackpool were promoted to the Premier League and their season in the top flight saw them become many neutrals favourites under Ian Holloway.

The Tangerines’ free-flowing, attacking style was tremendous to watch even if it did end in a heart-breaking relegation after the sheer volume of goals they conceded came back to haunt them.

After their opening day 4-0 drubbing of Wigan Athletic, Blackpool found themselves on top of the Premier League in 2010-11. How times change.

They have swiftly plummeted down the leagues since then and are now in severe danger of falling through the divisions. They must start to show some stability by giving Clark and the playing staff some time to gel.

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