Belokon would consider Blackpool takeover

Valeri Belokon
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Valeri Belokon says he’d consider a Blackpool takeover but only if he can find a local investor to join him.

The Seasiders Club President has been an almost outsider for the past two seasons at Bloomfield Road despite owning a 20 per cent share in the club.

He and chairman Karl Oyston have been involved in a public fall-out where they both sent open letters accusing each other of a number of wrong doings.

Belokon claimed the Oystons were failing to put the interests of the club at heart, while the Oyston camp responded by accusing Belokon of simply wanting out.

But the Latvian has hit back again, this time claiming he not only wants to stay, but also would consider a full take over.

“I wouldn’t be able to do it alone but I’m ready to be a partner. They need to be local,” he said.

“I have to be able to believe in them now I’ve had this experience with the Oyston family,” he said.

“Given Karl’s addictiveness to money, it won’t be easy in the short term.

“It would be fair if they told the fans they love money more than the club”.

“Karl doesn’t care what league Blackpool play in.”

Belokon,54, claims he’s owed £9m by the Oyston family after a number of loans which helped build the South Stand and a transfer fund which bought Charlie Adam back in 2010.

“It’s likely we wouldn’t have reached the top without this trust fund,” said Belokon speaking to the Mail on Sunday.

“We agreed I would take 70 per cent of sales from players bought through the fund but I changed.

“I took 30 per cent and gave the club the rest from the sale of Adam.”

Belokon hasn’t been to a Blackpool game since 2013 after falling out with the club’s owner Owen Oyston.

And while the Latvian hinted they could sort their differences out, it doesn’t sound like he’s holding his breath.

He said: “I’m not angry... I pity. The optimist in me says we can still work but I’m very sceptical now.

“There are emotions, ambitions and Blackpool has to come first.”

“When I came it was a very similar situation to now.

“The first time I arrived there were fans carrying an “Oyston out” banner.

“Owen joked that I shouldn’t pay attention. He said out was his last name.

“I fell in love with Blackpool.

“This is about heart and soul – I can make money elsewhere. I have no other club.

“I want to stay with this club but don’t want to invest in the Oyston family.

“You can spit on the fans but if they do it to you, you might drown.”