Karl Oyston speaks out over Blackpool manager Jose Riga's future

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says he is bemused by his manager's actions over the international break.

Blackpool have been making the headlines for all the wrong reasons this season. It was well publicised that with just a few weeks before the start of the season they had just eight professional players at the club.

New players have been brought in since then but understandably it has taken them time to gel and they are yet to reach full fitness levels. Blackpool have lost all six of their games this season and it was expected on transfer deadline day that Karl Oyston would allow Jose Riga to spend some money and strengthen the squad. However Oyston was nowhere to be seen on deadline day, obviously sticking to his stringent, tight budget policy.

Riga's response to this was to return to his native Belgium last week following their loss to Millwall, however it is apparent that he failed to notify Oyston of his departure. Since then there have been questions over whether Riga has a future at the club and Owen Coyle has been linked as a potential replacement.

Oyston himself went on holiday on deadline day, a more important time of the season than an international break where there is no game for 14 days but he has revealed he is bemused at Riga's actions.

"Until I've spoken to Jose personally, I don't want to comment about the speculation or go into it in too much detail," said the Seasiders chairman.

"However, I have to say I find myself slightly bemused yet again by the actions of our manager."

"He has said, on many occasions on the record, that he would use the international break to get the players up to fitness and to work with the squad we now have. The first thing the manager does is hop on a plane and clear off to Belgium for a week without telling anyone."

The relationship is clearly frosty between the two but it is astounding how in these quotes Oyston fails to take the blame for the situation they find themselves in. The fitness levels wouldn't be so poor if the club had actually had a pre-season. They only played two friendlies prior to the start of the Championship and the teams fielded on those occasions were mainly made up of trialists.

If Riga does depart, which seems inevitable, it will be interesting how many managers would register an interest in a job that seems destined for failure.

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