Blackpool focus on stadium development

Promoted Blackpool are continuing plans for the east stand – and hope to have a new training ground in Lytham next year.

Chairman Karl Oyston says going up will "change the face of Blackpool FC for ever". He spent yesterday locked in meetings about the best way to move the club forward.

The east stand remains the priority.

"Karl has been looking at moving the training ground ever since I can remember but the Premier League promotion has accelerated the need for it to happen," Seasiders secretary Matt Williams told the Blackpool Gazette.

"Karl has identified a site in Lytham where they have some land.

"He is going to put a planning application in to convert some of the buildings there into dressing rooms, and the fields to become pitches.

"Whether or not that is going to be ready in the next few months ... I can't see it. It will probably be ready in the new year. But it is something the manager has been heavily involved in. Both Karl and Ian have been looking at other clubs and their training grounds, and you don't have to go far to do that.

"You can go to Blackburn and it is fantastic set-up, and I'm sure it will be a fantastic set-up here when it happens."

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