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Donnelly: A Real Team Effort

7 May 2017

Academy Manager Delighted With Title Success

Academy manager Ciaran Donnelly praised the collective effort of all the players and staff after the youth team won the North West Youth Alliance title.

Blackpool clinched the trophy on the last day of the season with a 3-0 win against Morecambe to top the table by two points.

Speaking post-match, here’s what he had to say…

A team effort.

I want to say thanks to all the players because it’s been a terrific effort over the course of the season from start to finish. Also a huge well done to all the staff at the academy because it’s not just myself who takes this team, we have a lot of input from other people in the club. 

A big thanks to John Murphy who helps me with the team, Lee Cholmondeley the physio, Rob Plant the goalkeeping coach, Lewis Watterson the analyst, Kath Matthews the administrator and Scott MacNeill the head of coaching.

A second league title in four years.

It’s a great achievement for the football club. I’m really pleased to win my second league title since joining the academy four years ago because no other team has won it twice in that time. 

An interesting title race.

We’ve had a really competitive year. Burnley have pushed us all the way, Walsall have been there, Rochdale have been there but it’s a brilliant achievement to finish on top of them and win a cup. I couldn’t be more proud of the achievements of the academy this year.

Looking to the future.

We’ve got a good group of first years who have contributed immensely and they’ll be second years next season. The club will look to try and win the league again and be successful. All this success with the Under-18s doesn’t mean a great deal if we don’t produce footballers though, so we’ll see in future years whether this group can take it to the next level.

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