Manager On Fitness, Friendlies And SigningsLee Clark believes he has used the international break wisely so far, improving his squad's fitness and casting an eye over some potential new signings.
The Seasiders' planned friendly with Wigan Athletic was postponed on Friday, but it gave the players further time on the training pitch.
With no match this weekend Clark has worked his players hard, and has been pleased with the response.
“The lads have worked extremely hard and we've tried to improve the fitness levels,” he said. “The break has given us a chance to put some extra work into the players, so we've done that this week.
“They've reacted positively to the double sessions and the fitness work we've tried to imply. We've tried to improve the tactical and technical side of the game, and it's been tough for them.”
This week has also provided Clark with food for thought on the transfer front, with a number of new faces training with the club.
“We've had a look at a couple of players this week with the possibility of signing for us, hopefully we've made the right impression on them and we can come to an agreement with one or two of those.
“Also we've got a lot of players, so we have to look to offload some as well. The squad has a lot of players in, players who won't get enough game time need to go out and play.
“We'll be looking to do business before the window shuts, both in and out.”
Clark's men are set to meet Manchester United on Tuesday in a behind-closed-doors match, before hosting Bolton Wanderers next Saturday.