Blackpool announce sacking of manager Jose Riga

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Blackpool have confirmed that manager Jose Riga has had his contract terminated with immediate effect.

Jose Riga has been sacked as manager of Blackpool, the club have announced.

Riga, 57, endured a tumultuous start to life at Bloomfield Road following his appointment in June and found himself constantly at loggerheads with chairman Karl Oyston over transfer funds.

After starting the new campaign with only 13 players, the Tangerines now lie bottom of the Championship table, having picked up just six points from their opening 14 games.

A statement on the club's website confirmed the news, while adding that 'no further comment will be made at this stage.'

Riga's sacking comes as no surprise, with his departure widely anticipated following Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Reading, which extended the side's worst-ever start to a season.

The Lancashire club, who were in the Premier League four seasons ago, are now searching for a fifth manager since Ian Holloway left for Crystal Palace in November 2012.

Oyston had previously come under criticism after it was revealed last month that he had met both Gary Rowett and Owen Coyle to discuss replacing Riga, but both turned down the opportunity.

With Rowett since leaving Burton Albion to take over Championship rivals Birmingham City, the Blues former boss Lee Clark is now understood to be the favourite for the Blackpool job and could be appointed as soon as Wednesday, according to Sportsmail.

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