Blackpool fans unite against chairman

Two supporters groups have united against club chairman Karl Oyston, who failed to strengthen the playing squad on transfer deadline day.

Blackpool have started the season in dismal form, losing all five of their Championship games, with a squad that is unlikely to change that in the immediate future.

Manager Jose Riga has done his best to put together a playing squad for the ongoing season - despite having just six players at one point during the transfer window - but his constant demands to strengthen were shot down by chairman Karl Oyston - who has slowly been running the club into the ground.

And Oyston’s refusal to put any money into the playing squad has infuriated the two supporters groups associated with the Seasiders, uniting the often oppositional groups.

Quoted in the Blackpool Gazette, Blackpool Supporters Association chairman Glenn Bowley and Tim Fielding of the Blackpool Supporters Trust shared similar views concerning Oyston’s treatment of not just the club - but the loyal fans who have endured his tenure as chairman.

Bowley said: “The situation is totally and utterly unacceptable. When you’ve lost six matches on the trot there is no excuse for us not improving the squad.

“To say the loan market opens next week is a pathetic excuse. Everyone is sick and tired of what’s going on at Bloomfield Road. We all just want to see the club perform well and flourish, and that just isn’t happening.”

Whilst the club reportedly tabled bids for a number of players, Oyston and Riga were absent from Bloomfield Road on deadline day, and Fielding believes that Riga stayed away in the knowledge that no one would be coming in.

“It’s astonishing there was no activity in the last week. It alarms me no-one was at the club on Monday. I read Riga’s comments over the weekend about what he expected before the deadline and he seemed to almost acknowledge that he wasn’t going to get what he wanted. There was almost an element of resignation that nothing was going to happen.

“You would think the club would be a hive of activity on transfer deadline day, particularly with the situation our club is in. For neither Riga nor Oyston to be there is almost beyond comprehension.

“For there to be no concerted effort to improve the squad needs an explanation from the manager and the chairman. We need to know why nothing has been done.”

Fielding’s biggest concern with the lack of activity is the resultant on-pitch performances suffering, and the fans losing any desire to watch their favoured club struggle to put together a string of results.

“There are a lot of diehard fans, people who have been season ticket holders for many years, who now don’t want to go. In many cases they can’t stomach what’s going on.

“A lot of members are telling me their children don’t want to come to games any more. Football has to be about enjoyment and at the moment it’s not enjoyable.”

With the ongoing international break, it remains to be seen how the Tangerines faithful react on matchday, but, if the two supporters groups unite, Bloomfield Road could be empty come the end of the season.

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