Tom Barkhuizen

Blackpool cancel pre-season tour of Spain due to lack of players

Championship side Blackpool have decided against travelling to Spain for a pre-season tour due to a lack of playing staff.

The Tangerines currently have a squad of just eight players – David Perkins, Gary MacKenzie, Steve Davies, Bobby Grant, Sergei Zenjov, Tom Barkhuizen, Tony McMahon and Charles Dunne – none of which are Goalkeepers.

27 players in total have departed Bloomfield Road over the summer including last season’s player of the year Matt Gilks.

Chairman Karl Oyston explained in a statement that The manager (Jose Riga) has taken the decision – and I agree with the decision – to cancel the pre-season tour so that our time is better served to try and get some of the player deals that we’ve been trying to get over the line for some time across the line.

Our time will be far better spent preparing here than going over to Spain” he added.

Tangerine Trouble: Blackpool have only eight players ahead of the new season.

Tangerine Trouble: Blackpool have only eight players ahead of the new season.

Blackpool enjoyed their solitary season in the Premiership in the 2010/11 campaign where they were relegated by just a point but finished 20th in the Championship last season, just one place above the relegation zones.

Supporters of the Seasiders are angry with Oyston’s failure to spend the money gained from their time in the Premiership on new recruits.

Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and Tom Ince are high profile players to leave Blackpool in recent seasons.

25 days remain until the start of the new Football League season for Blackpool to make new signings to be able to field a side for their season opener away to Nottingham Forest.