Sorry this one is a bit late. It was an epic virtual weekender in Brighton and I've only just recovered. Hope you enjoy the blog. It features a pubdog, a pubcat, dogfish - and my plans for Preston station. Also, my quest to find decent gravy in The Extreme South.
BREAKING: Blackpool have returned FIVE positive Covid-19 tests following the club's latest round of mandatory testing of players and staff. The rest of the squad are unaffected and today's game goes ahead as planned.
Jane and I were contacted by the BBC on Monday to see if we would give an interview for Football Focus today prior to the FA Cup game this Saturday.
They wanted to know about the Glory days of the Matthews era, the battle with the O's and how we are feeling about our new owner.
I decided I would try and make a behind the scenes video to show you any of you that are interested in that sort of thing.🙂
However, the storm came in really strong midway through our interview! I managed to have a little chat with the crew under shelter of a tram stop, which you can see but, we had to call it a day as a second wave of icy rain came in, my hands had turned to blocks of ice and Jane had totally had enough.
Anyway for those of you who would like to see a bit of the behind the scenes stuff hope you enjoy it.
Neil Critchley has revealed Blackpool have a couple of “irons in the fire” in the January transfer window.
The Seasiders’ boss has previously admitted the club is unlikely to be too busy in the market this month, although he conceded there may be one or two players coming in and one or two leaving.
However, with Keshi Anderson now out for the season after undergoing surgery, CJ Hamilton also sidelined with a hamstring injury and former loanee Dan Kemp departing, that leaves Blackpool short in the attacking third of the pitch.
When asked if there’s now more urgency to make additions, Critchley told The Gazette: “We’re looking. It doesn’t take Einstein to work out where we might be short, so we’re looking.
“January is notoriously difficult to do business, but we’ve got a couple of irons in the fire.
“We’re looking all the time and something could happen.If it does, great. Hopefully it’s soon.”
Kemp, who was due to spend the entirety of the season on loan with Pool, was recalled by his parent club West Ham United last week.
It paved the way for the 22-year-old to make a permanent switch to League Two side Leyton Orient, who handed the winger his debut off the bench in their 2-0 win against Morecambe on Saturday.
Kemp, who scored two goals in 15 appearances during his loan spell at Bloomfield Road, left with Critchley’s best wishes.
“Kempy had a really good offer from Leyton Orient and at this moment in time, a two-and-a-half-year contract with the situation we’re in was too good to turn down,” Pool’s head coach said.
“It’s obviously back down south, near where he’s living as well.
“I was delighted to work with Kempy, he’s a top boy, a really good kid. He was great to coach and great to work with and I hope he shows what he’s capable of in the future.”
The Seasiders will now need to make a decision over the future of Ben Woodburn, whose loan spell from Liverpool came to an end yesterday.
The Welshman performed well off the bench in Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Hull City but has struggled to make an impact since joining the club at the start of the season.
Pool, however, might need to keep hold of the 21-year-old and extend his loan until the end of the season given their lack of options in the forward areas.
“That’s a discussion we’re going to have now. We wanted to get through this game and see where we’re at,” Critchley said on Saturday.
“I thought Ben came on and did really well, he made a real difference. He looked bright and burst in behind to get the lad (Reece Burke) sent off. He also produced some good crosses and deliveries.
“That’s a discussion we’re going to have now and we’ll see what happens with him.”