Report: Ex-Burnley boss wanted as Blackpool's Riga replacement

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Owen Coyle is reportedly wanted to replace Blackpool boss Jose Riga, with the Championship club in turmoil.

The Seasiders have suffered the worst start to a season in their history, stuck at the bottom of the Championship table having not won a single point in the opening five games.

Club owner Karl Oyston has come under major criticism for his running of the club, and the Tangerines faithful are willing to stick with Belgium coach Riga despite the poor start.

The former Charlton manager had to endure a rough summer, having taken over a playing squad that comprised just six first-team professionals, and he has successfully built a team that can turn out for Championship fixtures - even if they have yet to gain a positive result.

Despite wanting to further strengthen the squad on deadline day, Oyston reportedly refused to sanction any deals, and Riga allegedly decided to not turn up to Bloomfield Road - accepting his fate in the process.

The Daily Record is reporting that the businessman is looking to cut Riga loose in the coming weeks - and replace him with former Bolton, Burnley and Wigan boss Owen Coyle.

The former Irish international has been out of work since December, following his departure from Wigan Athletic. His management career saw him lead Burnley to the Premier League in 2009, before a spell with Bolton ended in relegation from the top flight - and an eventual sacking.

His six-month spell with Wigan was cut short with the Latics sitting 14th in the table after three defeats in a week.

Despite reportedly wanting to return to management, a move to Blackpool offers little in the way of career prospects, with the team strongly thought of as relegation favourites. 

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