Fans losing patience over manager search

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Blackpool fans are losing patience with the club’s drawn out managerial search.

It’s been more than three weeks since chairman Karl Oyston promised to have a new boss installed after the departure of stand-in Barry Ferguson.

A number of candidates have been linked, with Pool performing a last minute U-turn on the appointment of former Wales boss Brian Flynn on Monday.

But as the days pass by, fans are becoming more frustrated, with an unofficial vote on social media yesterday even calling for him to quit as chairman.

And Glenn Bowley, chairman of Blackpool’s Supporters Association, said time is running out to find a new manager.

”It’s fair to say fans are concerned about the time passing by and the length of time this process is taking,” he said.

“If we had 16 players at the club and it was just a case of the new manager adding a few fresh faces there wouldn’t be such a rush.

“But the level of surgery needed by the new man makes this process a matter of urgency. Every single day is crucial at the moment and it needs sorting.

“Last summer our biggest failing was not having a squad in place for the start of pre-season training, and at the moment it’s looking like we could be heading the same way.

“It’s a big concern for Blackpool fans.

“In my opinion this has to be sorted for the start of June, then Karl has to back the new man to bring in players.”

Oyston has spoken to a number of candidates over the past few weeks and is now understood to be down to a shortlist of four.

A Gazette poll yesterday had former Charlton boss Jose Riga, Billy Davies and Lechia Gdansk manager Ricardo Moniz as the fans’ top three candidates for the job.

While Bowley was quick to pile the pressure on Oyston, he also said it’s important the right decision is made.

He said: “We’ve heard all sorts of names linked, but this is such a big decision for the club.

“It’s so important Karl gets this one right and has taken his time, but i’d like to hear an update now about how the search is going.

“We understand he wants to keep some things confidential, but an update now is vital for fans.

“I’ve spoken to Karl in the last 24 hours and outlined by concerns about the delay.”

While Oyston would never admit it, a negative supporter reaction is understood to have played its part in the decision not to name Flynn this week.

And Bowley has revealed the supporters’ association were in touch.

“No offence to Brian Flynn, but we were in touch with Karl when that news broke,” he revealed.

“I don’t know how much of an influence fans had on his U-turn but he was certainly aware.

“It’s important we get someone who’ll pull the club and the fans together and then be backed. We need an ambitious appointment and someone the supporters can back.”