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‘Really excited about this’ – Many Blackpool fans were overjoyed with big 2020 decision and rightly so

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Neil Critchley has proven to be an absolute masterstroke of an appointment by Blackpool.

After getting off to a rocky start at Bloomfield Road, the manager stuck to his guns and implemented his vision rather than switching up his style.

The players bought into his methodology and finally, things began to click. He got the Seasiders playing football the way he wanted them to and the former Liverpool man ended up taking the club back into the Championship after a long time away from the second tier.

He is already adored by Blackpool fans for the feat and he will gain even more brownie points if he can build on his work so far by keeping the side in the Championship this year and then perhaps even working towards a promotion push in future years.

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His stock then has never been as high and there will no doubt be teams that sack their managers who could come sniffing around Critchley in their hunt for a potential replacement – and Blackpool won’t want that.

However, when Critchley was initially appointed, the news split the fanbase and it wasn’t universal acclaim for the coach from Blackpool fans. Some were overjoyed with the new boss, who came highly recommended from Liverpool and their fans, who were full of praise for the manager on Twitter.

Some Blackpool fans were also delighted with an appointment that some called ‘ambitious’ – and that’s ultimately what it turned out to be, as given the chance Critchley has thrived in a permanent managerial role.

However, there were some who at the time would have preferred a more experienced man to get the job. There were calls at the time for Bolton boss Ian Evatt to be handed the reins at Bloomfield Road, as they believed he could do a solid job with the side. When the former Barrow boss was snubbed in favour of Critchley, some Blackpool fans were unhappy to see the former player snubbed in favour of a man who, at the time, had never held a permanent managerial role.

However, the coach with plenty of credentials to his name quickly got to work and implemented his own philosophies at Blackpool and it got them exactly the results that every Seasiders fan would have wanted. Evatt may have been a decent appointment – he is certainly doing a good job with Bolton at the moment, having gotten them promoted and now battling near the top in League One – but Critchley has taken them back to where they wanted to be. Not only that, but the boss has got them playing some attractive football and making some shrewd signings to boot.

Despite that initial reaction then, not one Blackpool fan now would be wanting anyone in charge at Bloomfield Road – not even Ian Evatt.


Writer for Football League World.

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