Club guide: Blackpool

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Title: 10,000-1 Relegation: 1-4 Sack Race: 4-1



C Cathcart (Man United, £350,000), L Sylvestre (M Boleslav, undisclosed), E Grandin (CSKA Sofia, free), M Harewood (Aston Villa, free), D Keinan (M Haifa, free), M Martin (Monaco, free), C Basham (Bolton, £500,00)

total spent: £850,000


B Burgess (Notts County, free), A Bangura, H Bouazza, D Nardellio (released), S McPhee (retired)

total made: £0m

Player to watch

Charlie Adam. At £500,000 from Rangers, the Scottish midfielder proved an inspired signing and will supply some craft and clever freekicks amid all the hard running.

Squad worries

Defence, midfield and attack? Frustrated for most of the summer in trying to buy, but they finally came up with six new players this week.

Manager speak

Sadly, Ian “Ollie” Holloway wants to be regarded as a serious football manager rather than the loveable country bumpkin of old.

Story of the summer

With ground redevelopment and Holloway, colourful chairman Karl Oyston has had his hands full as the elation of Brett Ormerod’s play-off winner soon wore off.

Last season n/a

Scraped into playoffs but deservedly won them.

This season 20th

High price to be paid for refusal to pay high prices.