Blackpool supporters react to the sacking of manager Jose Riga

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The general consensus among Blackpool supporters is that the club were wrong to part with manager Jose Riga.

On June 11, Jose Riga was appointed as the new boss of Blackpool.

On October 27, he was relieved of his duties, becoming the 20th managerial casualty of the 2014/15 campaign.

Riga becomes the second-shortest serving manager in Blackpool’s history – after lasting 138 days and 15 games – with only Michael Appleton – who spent 12 games in charge – having been given less time in which to get things right.

While football is a results business, and they have not been good at Bloomfield Road, the decision to part with Riga feels like a knee-jerk reaction to sitting bottom of the Championship table.

This is, after all, a man who inherited a squad of eight players over the summer, including no senior goalkeeper, and one who worked wonders at Charlton Athletic last season as he preserved their second tier status.

Riga was also able to endear himself to supporters by speaking out against chairman Karl Oyston – who has come out on Tuesday and told the Gazette: “We have left it as long as we possibly could, things just weren’t improving. It was something we had to do.”

Perhaps it was his inability to bite his tongue which ended up costing him his job, or perhaps it was purely a sporting decision. Whatever the reasons, Seasiders fans and those looking in from the outside believe the wrong conclusion has been reached.


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