Riga delighted with Blackpool fans

Jose Riga called the Blackpool fans ‘fantastic’ after the reception he received at Bloomfield Road.

A number of disagreements, and a poor start to the season, have seen Tangerines owner Karl Oyston reportedly look to replace Riga with Owen Coyle and then Gary Rowett.

However Riga, the people’s favourite for the job, has endured through the rumours regarding his future, and he miraculously remained in charge this weekend - overcoming a tough tie with Wolves to claim Blackpool’s first point of the season, and taking them off the bottom of the Championship table as a result.

Supporters chanted Riga’s name as the game came to a close, proving with no doubt that they are backing their manager.

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette after the game, Riga praised the support, claiming that he has seen nothing like it in all his years as a coach.

He said: “The atmosphere was incredible and it helped us a lot.

“The way the team behaved and the commitment between the fans, players and the staff was great.

“Our fans deserve something, so it was great to be able to finally give them something back for what they give us each day.

“I’m very pleased. There is a feeling here which I have known in some clubs but not as strong as this.

“Of course it makes me stronger but I just do my job, and maybe it’s because I’m loyal, honest and tell the truth.”

Riga has long been a favourite for the job, topping a fan poll before his employment, and it is the supporters' belief in him that has been one of the reasons for his arrival at Bloomfield Road.

“I’ve said it before, but it’s one of the main reasons why I’m here. I decided to go to Blackpool because I knew we can create this kind of atmosphere.

“It’s good to be able to give back what the supporters deserve.”

Opposition manager Kenny Jackett was well aware of the intense atmosphere too, noticing the strong bond between coach, players and fans.

The Wolves boss said: “They’ve drawn 0-0 at home and they’ve been applauded off.

“The supporters are right behind the players and the manager, and you could see it in the spirit the players have shown. They showed fantastic spirit in their defending and in their heart.”

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