Blackpool On Course For Survival
In the three short months that Patrick Vieira has been interim manager of Blackpool F.C., the Seasiders have ascended 5 positions and are on course to stay in the Championship.
As April, the final full month of Championship football, begins, Blackpool
find themselves in a position of safety despite being bottom of the league and 10 points below 21st position only three months ago, prior to the arrival of interim manager Patrick Vieira
. Since then, they have picked up 28 points, double the amount that they already had.
"I knew we could kick on and get some results, but I didn't expect for this scale of change to happen,"
Vieira admitted to press following Blackpool's 2-0 win against Leeds. "We're looking very strong now. You would never think that a team like this could lose seven consecutive games - they look more like a top half team. The players are all working very hard for this and a lot of the credit must go to them."
It remains unclear whether Vieira intends to continue his role as Blackpool manager after the end of the season, but time will surely tell. It has been suggested that the Frenchman may stay if the club remains in the Championship, but his tactical smarts have also led him to be linked with other teams in the division, should they be seeking a new manager come June, some pundits linking him with teams such as Nottingham Forest
and Leeds United
, who have both underperformed in the league.