It’s been well on the cards for a very long time, but the inevitable has finally happened, and Blackpool have been relegated from the Championship. Rotherham’s victory over Brighton means that – without playing today – Lee Clark’s men will be playing in League One next season.
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Even though it has taken six games from the end of the campaign for them to be put out of their misery, the writing had arguably been on the wall before a ball was even kicked this season.
The Daily Mail had reported that former manager, Jose Riga staggeringly had just eight registered players two and a half weeks before their first game. And even though they managed to put a squad together for the trip to Nottingham Forest, the Seasiders went ten games without a win, including seven defeats. By October, daylight was appearing between themselves and most of the division.
Riga’s turbulent time at Bloomfield Road was ended that same month and he was replaced by Clark. But the former Birmingham boss has only overseen three victories, as well as the comings and goings of several players.
Today may appear to be the final nail in the coffin for a club that just four years ago was battling bravely to stay in the Premier League, but if Twitter is anything to go by, the worst is yet to come. And most commenting on the club’s plight are pretty clear on who’s to blame.
Blackpool FC are one of the worst football clubs in existence
— Franklin Jackson (@SpacialDementia) April 6, 2015
Well done blackpool don’t even support them but they’ve been well and truly mugged over by the oystons what a state the club’s in
— Sam Hinds (@official_Hinds) April 6, 2015
Blackpool’s relegation to league 1 goes to show the result of really poor leadership and management.
— Brian George (@oldestfraggle) April 6, 2015
Blackpool relegated. Boardroom has cost another club.
— Tom Dolman (@tomdolman) April 6, 2015