Michael Chopra criticises Blackpool situation with revealing tweet

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Released Blackpool striker Michael Chopra took to Twitter to slam the side for the debacle that caused them to cancel their pre-season tour of Spain.

The Tangerines were forced to withdraw from the planned trip as they only have eight players available to them, and the bizarre situation is compounded by the fact they have no goalkeepers on their books with less than a month before the start of the new Championship season.

Club owner Karl Oyston has always ran the club on a shoestring budget, but after accepting that the tour could not go ahead, he began to step up a recruitment drive alongside club manager Jose Riga.

Chopra, who was one of the players whose contract wasn't renewed in the summer, took to the social media website to give his exasperated view on the situation at Bloomfield Road.

“The manager has taken the decision – and I agree with the decision – to cancel the pre-season tour so that our time is better served to try to get some of the player deals that we’ve been trying to get over the line for some time across the line,” Oyston said.

“Our time will be far better spent preparing here than going over to Spain. I’ve spoken with the chairman of the supporters’ association, as I do with most things, about the decision because certain people no doubt booked to go across and follow the two games. We’ll look to fairly deal with that issue.”

The club's website lists three defenders, four strikers and just one midfielder, and the worry amongst fans is that the lack of numbers will lead to panic recruits who are there solely to beef up the numbers ahead of the closing of the transfer window at the end of next month.

The task ahead is a difficult one for new boss Riga and he gets his Seasiders' career up and running with a trip to Nottingham Forest on August 9.

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