Grayson on his team, signings and the future
By Editor
Monday 08 Jul 2019 19:41:00
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Blackpool have never done things in an orthodox way and when you lose your manager on a Friday and appoint a new man on the Saturday, there is little time for the traditional picture of him with a scarf above his head or the standard press conference. For Simon Grayson, having been sat in the manager's office before, he was probably pleased about being able to sneek in through the back door. However Sky Sports sought him out at Barrow on Saturday and BBC Radio Lancashire managed to nab him on the phone in Scotland tonight and between the two interviews you get a grasp of what he's thinking and why he came back. He revealed his coaching staff will be announced in the next few days, the number of players he's after and his thought process about the game in Scotland on Tuesday night.

Professionally, if somewhat annoyingly, he refused to criticise Karl Oyston, citing the fact he gave him his first job, but nevertheless did highlight the intolerable conditions that the Oystons had created for managers since his departure and the fact that few players wanted to come to Bloomfield Road. He was glowing in his tributes of Simon Sadler though and was impressed by his vision, his investment pledges (in to both the club and the squad) and his long term ambition for the Seasiders. Already he has agreed to Grayon's demands for what needs doing short term at the training ground (and if anyone should know what needs doing as a former player/coach ,then he should). He has also agreed to put bids in for a couple of players (yes actual cash for players!) and Grayson has a number of other options he is looking at. Interesting that he refused to be drawn on Ryan Hardie from Rangers despite one newspaper saying today that deal was dead.

Grayson said he'd been pleased with the squad he'd inherited and was delighted to see what a tight knit group they were. He said he'd got a good blend of youth and experience and he wanted to keep his best players suggesting new deals would be offered to both Curtis Tilt and Marc Bola. He has clearly got his management team in mind saying an assistant and goalkeeping coach would be announced in the next few days (interestingly not necessarily people he's worked with before). He said Ian Daws would be choosing the two teams of eleven players for the game against Dundee on Tuesday night, as he knows them better than Grayson does. However, he feels this team could have got in the Play Offs last year and were unlucky not to, although we have lost some significant players from that squad since May.

As you would expect, Simon was upbeat and positive about the season ahead but stressed we have to win games to prove anything. He said he wanted to create a new set of heroes, as he had in 2007, and that his phone hadn't stopped ringing with suggestions of players who could help him achieve that. Finally when asked if this was now one of the hardest jobs he'd had in his career, returning to a club where so much was expected of him, he merely replied "That was Sunderland". At least he won't have a camera crew filming his every move at Blackpool.

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