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Critchley: Can't Wait For The Championship

Head Coach Relishing Step Up

1 June 2021

Neil Critchley says he can’t wait for Blackpool to be back in the Championship after guiding the team to promotion.

The Seasiders ended a six-year wait to return to the second-flight by beating Lincoln City at Wembley on Sunday, which extended the Club’s record-breaking number of play-off promotions in the process.

“That’s important,” Pool’s Head Coach said. “People did make me aware of the history that we’ve got and the success we’ve had in the play-offs. There’s just something about the play-offs and Blackpool, isn’t there? I can’t wait for the Championship now.”

Having the opportunity to lift a trophy and achieve success at the National football stadium is always an occasion to cherish, despite automatic promotion being a little more straightforward.   

“Before the game I probably would have swapped with Grant McCann (Hull) and Darren Ferguson (Peterborough), I have to say, but after the game, when you’ve won, there is no better way.  

“Over 46 games we were the third best team in the division and we were the best team in the play-offs. We deserve to go up,” Critchley insisted.  


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