Yet Another 2010/2011 Premier League Preview: Blackpool

Blackpool

Play Off Winners

Just ten years ago, Blackpool were looking like possibly dropping out of the football league altogether and their swift ascent to the highest league in English football is reminiscent of the likes of Fulham and Hull. Unlike Fulham and more like Hull, the Tangerines are almost certain to be the league’s underdogs and be inserted into terrible put downs across the land; example: “You like (name of team)?! They’re worse than Blackpool!!!”

The Manager – Ian Holloway

Known for his zany quotes and comic appeal, many experts have put this down to the fact that he is from Bristol and therefore anything he says, no matter how serious, is rendered instantly hilarious due to his funny accent. Holloway has expressed dismay at this, claiming it is impossible for him to achieve his lifelong dream to become a funeral director as everyone would assume he is mocking their dead relatives.

Strengths

Low expectations and a huge inflow of cash from their winning of the Championship playoffs means that the Seasiders should be financially secure for a long time yet, even if they don’t manage to retain their Premier League status by the end of the season. Plus, in Charlie Adam they have a real talent.

Weaknesses

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has publicly admitted that the club have had huge difficulties signing players due to inflated wage demands, and this is seen in the largely uninspiring acquisition of dinosaur-a-like Marlon Harewood. This has largely left them with sixth place in the Championship standard players.

Did you know?

Brett Omerod was the first person in Blackpool to wear shoes.

Best Chant

When I was just a little boy

Prediction

Relegated, have a huge battle on their hands to avoid the ignominy of coming last in the fashion of Derby three seasons ago.

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