Simon Grayson says there is a real wave of optimism at Blackpool ahead of the new season getting underway this weekend.
The manager, back in charge at Bloomfield Road, has loved seeing the new lease of life that has followed Simon Sadler’s takeover of the club.
“I think there’s more excitement here than a lot of clubs because of what’s happened over the summer with Simon becoming the new owner. It’s brought a new lease of life to the area and the football club. There’s a real wave of optimism, confidence and belief that we can do something this season.
“You only have to see things that have been happening behind the scenes – on the pitch, new signings and some more things you won’t see until further down the line. There just seems a sense of connection again with the football club and the businesses in terms of the commercial side of the club. It’s a new era.”
The signings of Rocky Bushiri and Joe Nuttall yesterday made it 10 new faces through the door since the summer, and all of those are eligible for competitive debuts against Bristol Rovers.
“We’ve got a good balance of some good, experienced and young players and a group that will put their bodies on the line and not concede goals.
“It was quite evident last season that they were a hard-working team, but we also want to get the balance where the players at the top end of the pitch express themselves and play with no fear.
“We’re all in this together and hopefully, come the end of the season, we’re all in a positive frame of mind and achieving something,” he added.