The Elephant in the Court Room
By Editor
Thursday 05 Oct 2017 16:19:00
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From the outside looking in, Blackpool Football Club appears like any other club. A comfortable top half place in League One after a decent start to the season, a long serving member of staff leaves and within days is replaced by a trusted colleague of the manager, a former Premier League player arrives and the side has success in the CheckaTrade Trophy. Nothing to see here unless you acknowledge the stonking big elephant in the room which is the decision of Mr Justice Marcus Smith on the future of our club. A quiet first week back at work without any indication of a ruling so far but you get the feeling his Honour is about to light the blue touch paper and the fireworks are about to begin.

The appointment of Terry McPhillips as Bowyer's assistant has clearly pleased the manager who he says he trusts implicitly and is a fantastic coach. In actual fact, as the former Chief Scout helped bring in many of the summer signings, he might help get more out of these players having seen them in action at their previous clubs. Even the fact that Blackpool have a Chief Scout these days is a far cry from recent years where the only scouting done was by watching the Football League programme on Channel 5. It's unknown whether McPhillips had anything to do with Jay Spearing's arrival but once again a player has arrived talking highly about the coaching and moral of the team. It feels as if the club and the team are almost different entitities working under the same name these days but with very different outlooks. One has the potential for more success, the other is struggling to keep it's head above water and could well feel the weight of the Mr Justice Smith's size 11 shoes on it in the coming days.

Whilst the victory over Accrington in the CheckaTrade Trophy went hardly noticed, bar for the 191 fans who made the journey to the Wham Stadium, it did stop the mini rot of three games without a win for the Seasiders. It's a shame that Blackburn's 'internationals' (let's not get too carried away with that) forced the postponement of Saturday's game. Following the second half performance on Saturday at Southend, the win on Tuesday and the new arrivals, Bowyer would probably have relished a local Derby against his former side this weekend. However, the break will be welcome after a frenetic start to the season, will give a few players a chance to recover from injury and also give the new faces a chance to settle in.

The lack of any distractions on the pitch will hopefully give fans the chance to fully digest any decision that comes in the Oyston/Belokon case. There are so many implications surrounding the case that it seems inappropriate to speculate on what it will mean for the club, the Oystons, Belokon, the fans and so many other key players around Bloomfield Road. Usually the arrival of an assistant manager or a former Premier League player would have set the Message Board alight but until this judgement is heard then, no matter what happens on the pitch, the club is on pause for the moment.

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