Blackpool CEO recently addressed the issue of the club’s manager Neil Critchley’s sudden move to Aston Villa. Critchley joined Villa recently as the assistant head coach.
Critchley became the manager of Blackpool back in 2020. He previously had the experience of coaching in the Liverpool academy. In his first season as the Tangerines’ boss helped the club to qualify for the championship through the play-offs.
However, their comeback season in the Championship this year did not go according to their expectations. They finished 16th in the second-tier league. The appointment came after their former assistant coach Michael Beale decided to join QPR as their head coach.
What does Blackpool’s CEO have to say about Critchley’s move to Aston Villa?
Blackpool’s CEO Ben Mansford said on the official website: It’s been a very disappointing situation, everyone knows how well Neil has done since he has joined the club.” “It all happened very quickly. Neil has done very well for us and those calls can always come but this came out of the blue. I got a call from Neil late on Wednesday evening and said he had received a call from Steven Gerrard.
“Michael Beale has now joined QPR and Steven would like Neil to join him as his assistant and Neil was reasonably clear that he wanted to take that opportunity and it was right for him. He said Aston Villa would be in touch to finalise the formalities of the approach and Neil’s exit.”
“I spoke to the board, John Stephenson and Aston Villa were in touch on Wednesday night. They conducted themselves properly and went through the right process. Things snowballed on Thursday morning, Simon and Neil spoke and it became clear that was what Neil wanted to do.“
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