Blackpool set sights on second manager target

Former Huddersfield boss Mark Robins is being lined up to take the reigns at Blackpool, with Jose Riga set to depart the club.

Blackpool have endured their worst start to a Football League season in their history, losing their first five games and sitting bottom of the Championship table.

The Seasiders poor form, as well as apparent off-field issues, have drawn the future of manager Jose Riga into consideration, and owner Karl Oyston is reportedly keen to replace to the Belgian coach.

Having targeted former Burnley and Bolton boss Owen Coyle earlier in the week, Oyston has had to look further afield, with Coyle apparently turning down the chance to return to football at Bloomfield Road.

And now it is being reported by the Huddersfield Examiner that former Terriers manager Mark Robins is keen to return to management, having been out of a job since he left Town following a 4-0 opening day home defeat to Bournemouth.

The former Manchester United forward, who has also worked with Rotherham, Barnsley and Coventry during his management career, is said to be interested in the offer, despite Oyston’s refusal to pledge money into the playing squad.

Riga managed to assemble a first-team squad as the summer progressed, and he is now able to name the full compliment of players for matchday squads. However, his desire to further strengthen his first 11 was refuted by Oyston, who has come under criticism for his running of the club by various Tangerines supporter’s groups.

Robins will have a tough task ahead of him if he accepts the role at Bloomfield Road, and he would be wise to lay down some management ground rules with Oyston before jumping back into a full-time position.

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