Blackpool hand Neil McDonald a one-year rolling contract

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 June 2015, 12:01

Neil McDonaldWith all the furore surrounding Sepp Blatter's shock resignation form Fifa on Tuesday night, one would be forgiven for missing out on Neil McDonald's appointment at Blackpool.

The Tangerines ended their search for Lee Clark's successor by naming McDonald as the man they hope can halt the club's plight, following their relegation down to League One.

The former West Ham assistant manager, who worked under Sam Alladryce for four years, has signed a rolling one-year deal at Bloomfield Road, and he'll be hoping to last longer than the previous four gaffers, who have an average tenure of just 219 days.

The Seasiders endured a tumultuous 2014/15 campaign, both on-and-off the field, with the Oyston family saga continuing to cause absolute carnage. The club ended the season rock-bottom of the table with just four wins, and a minimal total of 26 points from 46 matches, while they used a staggering 50 players in the process.

As a result the Lancashire outfit will now be playing League One football next term for the first time since the 2006/07 season. McDonald, 49, will have to draw on all his experience from working at the likes of West Ham, Preston, Bolton Wanderers, Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Leeds, while he has also managed Carlisle and Swedish side Ostersunds FK.

Blackpool have been installed as the fourth favourites (9/4 with Bet365) for relegation down to League Two, while they can be backed at 20/1 (Coral) to defy both the odds and the doubters and win promotion back up to the second-tier.

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