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McDonald leaves as Blackpool search for 8th manager since 2012

A statement released on the official Blackpool website late on Wednesday evening revealed that the club have parted company with manager Neil McDonald. He was unable to prevent relegation into League Two, making it back-to-back relegations for the Tangerines.

McDonald, who has previously held a managerial job at Carlisle United, oversaw 13 victories out of 50 games that he had in charge of the Bloomfield Road club.

It was only five years ago that the club were playing in the Premier League, but in addition to relegation out of that division, they have suffered the drop on two more occasions. They are now searching for their eight new manager in four years.

Speaking on his departure, former West Ham United assistant manager McDonald feels he has left strong foundations at the club and believes a League Two promotion challenge is more than achievable,

“Despite being extremely disappointed by our relegation from Sky Bet League One, I am pleased with the work we have done over the past 12 months to rebuild the squad and I leave having laid stronger foundations than when I first arrived. There is now a very capable squad with a core of good young players, who I’m certain will continue their development and challenge in League Two next year.

“It has been a hugely challenging role, but one which I am honoured to have held. I wish the club the very best of luck in the future and I hope they bounce straight back to League One.”

Chairman Karl Oyston, who has come under intensifying pressure from clubs supporters over the past few seasons, thanked McDonald for his efforts whilst in the job,

“Myself and the other members of the Board would like to place on record our thanks to Neil for his hard work during a challenging season both on and off the field.”

50-year-old McDonald will be hoping to get back into work in time for the new football season. He’ll probably see himself as a ‘number one’ now, but he possesses plenty of experience as an assistant or first-team coach.

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