Q&A Special - Blackpool Fan on Niall Maher

  • June 18, 2015 | By Chris Mann
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After playing his part in Blackpool's humiliating relegation into League One, a Seasiders supporter shares his views on Niall Maher's time at Bloomfield Road.

Maher joined the Championship's basement club back in January and went on to make a total of 10 appearances for Lee Clark's side, who faced a campaign of struggles both on and off the pitch.

In our latest edition of Q&A, Blackpool supporter Jake Millard (@jakemillard21) provides his thoughts on the general reaction to Maher's arrival, whether he is capable of playing in the Championship with Bolton, as well as why he'd be happy for new boss Neil McDonald to pursue alternative transfer targets.

Q: Niall Maher joined Blackpool as somewhat of an unknown back in January and made his debut in a dismal 7-2 defeat at Watford. He went on to make 10 appearances in the Seasiders' unsuccessful battle against the drop. Did you know anything about Maher prior to his arrival and how would you sum up his time at Bloomfield Road?

A: I didn't know anything about Niall before his arrival, apart from he had come from Bolton's development squad.

The news wasn't taken with great interest or excitement, if I'm honest, due to the situation the club was in. An inexperienced youngster didn't seem like the solution to our defensive problems. His time was marred by injury, which kept him out for most of his time at the club.

He was thrown in at the deep end from the word go. I would sum up his time at the club by saying it wasn't a success. He got some experience, but it wouldn't have done his confidence any good with all the discontent around the club.

Q: Joining a club in turmoil can either make or break a young player. Despite playing his part in the Championship's leakiest defence this season, do you think he has enough quality to play at this level for Bolton?

A: I don't think he is quite ready for week-in week-out Championship first-team football with Bolton.

Maybe another loan spell away in the lower leagues would help him.

Q: Shortly after arriving on loan, Lee Clark expressed his desire to sign Maher on a permanent basis. Having seen his progress in recent months, would you like to see him return next season, albeit under a different manager?

A: After the way the season ended, with the abandonment of the fixture against Huddersfield Town, I wouldn't have thought Niall himself would want a return.

I don't think, as a fan, it would make a huge difference if he did return, due to not showing enough and being injured for most of his loan spell.

With the new manager in Neil McDonald, I think he will look elsewhere for players who haven't been around the club before.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Jake for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @jakemillard21.

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