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Blackpool management duo STEP DOWN after dismal season in Championship

Blackpool manager Mick McCarthy, and his assistant manager Terry Connor, have both left the club this week after a dire season in the EFL Championship.

The club have played 40 of their 46 Championship fixtures for the season under McCarthy & Connor. Of those 40 matches, they have managed just 35 points, with 8 wins and 11 draws. Blackpool have suffered a staggering 21 losses, 4 of which have come from their last 5 games.

McCarthy signed on as Blackpool’s manager in January of this year on a deal that would see him contracted to lead them until the end of the season. Prior to his takeover, the club had dropped into the relegation zone after 3 months without a win.

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McCarthy took over the manager position after Blackpool had been 3 months without a win. Image credit: The Irish Times

Under McCarthy & Connor’s command, Blackpool have played 13 matches in the Championship. Sadly for the duo, they have taken only 9 points from a possible 39. These came from 3 draws, alongside victories over in Stoke City February and QPR last month – the latter of which (to McCarthy’s credit) was a 6-1 demolition job. This was, however, against another team who are also fighting for their lives to stay above the relegation zone.

Overall though, Blackpool’s performances simply haven’t gotten much better since the takeover of McCarthy & Connor. As a result, it was announced this week that the pair had decided to step down from their roles with 6 league games left to play.

Blackpool have released an official club statement which reads:

“Blackpool football club can confirm Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor have both left the club by mutual consent. With results on the pitch not improving in recent weeks, the decision has been agreed by both parties that a change is needed.

Mick McCarthy said:

“After recent performances and results, I have thought long ad hard and feel this is the best decision for everyone concerned with the football club. I’ve loved my time here and thank everyone for their support. I wish everyone well going forward.”

The club would like to thank both Mick and Terry for their efforts and wish them well for the future.

Senior Professional Development Lead Phase Coach Stephen Dobbie will now take charge of the first-team for the remainder of the season, assisted by Matt Blinkhorn and Steve Banks.”

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Blackpool have appointed Steve Dobbie as manager following McCarthy’s departure. Image credit: Blackpool FC

Blackpool currently fill the 23rd space of 24 in the Championship, 7 points behind QPR in the first safe spot and 6 points behind 22nd place Reading. This presents something of an uphill battle for Dobbie and his team for the final 6 games of the 2022/2023 Championship season!