Former West Ham Assistant Named New BossBlackpool Football Club is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil McDonald as the club’s new manager on a one-year rolling deal.
McDonald, 49, joins the club from Premier League side West Ham United, where he has spent the past four years as assistant manager to Sam Allardyce.
Prior to that he worked alongside Allardyce at Blackburn Rovers and Bolton Wanderers, as well as with Iain Dowie at Crystal Palace and Gary McAllister at Leeds United.
A highly-respected coach and the holder of a UEFA Pro Licence, McDonald managed Carlisle United to the club’s highest placed finish for 20 years in 2007, before briefly heading to Sweden to save Östersunds FK from relegation.
"This is a great opportunity for me, it's a massive football club in my opinion and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," McDonald told the official website. "It's a challenge that's going to be difficult - wherever you go it's always difficult - but it's a challenge that I'm really up for and really excited about.
"I've got to try and put my stamp on the football club and get it back to where it was. I've got to try and stabilise it first of all after what happened last year with relegation and change people's minds to try and get the confidence back and push the club on to pastures new."
McDonald, a former player with the likes of Newcastle United and Everton, will be joined on his coaching staff by Head of Youth Coaching Richie Kyle, who has been promoted to the role of first-team coach.
In light of further changes to the coaching staff, Paul Stephenson and Paul Crichton both leave the club.