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Critchley: A Whirlwind Few Days

Head Coach Reflects On His First Few Days At The Helm

5 March 2020

Neil Critchley admits it’s been a hectic few days since joining the Seasiders, and is happy to now be out on the grass in training.

Critchley was appointed Head Coach on Monday and has since taking charge of two training sessions with his new squad, and the 41-year-old admits he has been impressed with what he’s seen ahead of Saturday’s match with Fylde Coast neighbours Fleetwood Town.

“It’s been great to finally get out onto the grass after a whirlwind first few days in the job,” Critchley said.

“I’ve had a good couple of training sessions with the squad now, and I’ve found them all to be as good as I expected after watching the past few matches before my appointment.

“There’s a real togetherness and enthusiasm within the squad, which has been really good to see and it makes me excited for what could potentially lie ahead.”

One of the players Critchley knows well is Matty Virtue, who he made his captain of his Liverpool U23 side.

“When I thought I might have been coming here to Blackpool, I was delighted to see that Matty was part of the squad,” Critchley said.

“He was incredible for me at Liverpool and he’s progressed really well over the past few years. Matty is going to be a real asset to me and to this football club and I still feel there’s a lot more improvement to come from him in the coming years.

“He’s a real professional and a character you want to work with. He’s the type of player I want to build this team around.

“Overall, everyone’s been so welcoming and so helpful since I’ve been here, and I’m delighted to be a part of this football club and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead.”

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