Blackpool winger Jacob Murphy has offered his apologies to the club and its supporters following the embarrassing leak of a Snapchat photo which seemed to deride the perilous position in which Lee Clark’s side find themselves.
Murphy, who has made 10 appearances for Blackpool since his loan move from Norwich last month, sent a picture to his contacts ahead of the weekend clash with Rotherham apparently mocking his team’s chances of staying in the Championship.
The 19-year-old, pictured alongside teammate Donervon Daniels, captioned the image with “We are going to lose…Again”. Blackpool are rock-bottom of the table, a massive nine points from safety.
Murphy’s premonition did, in fact, turn out to be incorrect with the Seasiders able to earn a 1-1 draw with Rotherham at Bloomfield Road. But that is besides the point, of course.
The Snapchat surfaced on other social media platforms on Monday afternoon and led Murphy to issue a grovelling apology on the club’s official website later in the day.
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He said: “I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies to the manager, my team-mates, the fans and everybody at Blackpool Football Club for the hurt and embarrassment that a recent photo message I sent has caused. It was totally unprofessional of me and a foolish thing to do.
“I have loved my time at Blackpool so far, and I’ve been really grateful for the support I’ve received.
"I know I have let the manager and fans down badly, but I aim to repay them by working even harder and helping the team climb up the league table."
“I’d also like to make clear that Donervon Daniels had no part in this and I apologise for implicating him."
Lee Clark, meanwhile, expressed his disappointment at the incident and confirmed that the club will “investigate this matter internally” before making a decision upon what punishment Murphy will be given.