Blackpool management struggle hits breaking point - report

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Jose Riga and Karl Oyston have not spoken for over a week, with the Belgian’s future at Blackpool shrouded in doubt.

The pair have long disagreed over Oyston’s running of the club, and tensions frayed further when it was revealed that the owner had offered Riga’s job to Burton Albion’s manager Gary Rowett.

Albion denied Oyston contact with their boss, but it has surely hinted that Riga’s future lies away from Bloomfield Road.

However, amongst all the speculation, Riga was still there to take training yesterday, and the Blackpool Gazette is reporting that he stayed in his office in an attempt to contact Oyston.

Having not spoken since deaden day, Oyston has failed to even turn up to Bloomfield Road since Monday, and Riga has been lift completely in the dark regarding his future.

Riga has started the season in dreadful form, failing to gain a point from any of the Seasiders first five Championship games, although Oyston’s refusal to invest in the playing squad has come under wide condemnation - with Riga seen as the victim, rather than the cause of the on-field troubles.

Oyston’s reported approaches to Owen Coyle and Rowett suggest a desire to appoint a manager before dismissing Riga from his job, but the owner has been criticised for his actions, which have been seen as vastly unprofessional by Blackpool supporters. However, it is believed that Oyston has not broken any Football League rules, having approached both managers through official channels.

It is not know if Riga has arrived to take training today, but as things stand, he is still in line to lead the Tangerines out this weekend, with Bloomfield Road hosting a tough Championship tie against high-flying Wolves.

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