Oyston: Lack of response gave me no choice

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Karl Oyston blamed a lack of response to Sunday’s crisis meeting as the reason behind the sacking of his management team .

Pool skipper Barry Ferguson was today placed in charge of training at Bloomfield Road 
after boss Paul Ince along with assistants Steve Thompson and Alex Rae were dismissed.

It comes on the back of a terrible run of form for the Seasiders, who have earned just one League point out of a possible 27.

Oyston summoned his management trio to his house for four-hours of talks on Sunday evening, where he demanded an immediate improvement.

Ince missed the following two days training due to a pre-planned coaching course, therefore wasn’t at the club between the meeting and his eventual sacking.

Oyston spoke out in yesterday’s Gazette claiming they lacked a plan in the transfer market, and claims their lack of response gave him no option but to have a change.

“The results and the reasons behind them weren’t good enough in the end,” he told The Gazette.

“We had an inability to be able to come up with any lateral or objective thought about what we do or who we recruit.

“That’s what we need right now – sadly they seemed to run out of ideas.

“But we are in the industry where sometimes you have no choice.

“I felt we got to the stage where we had absolutely no choice.

“I wasn’t hearing what I needed to hear to be able to continue and move forward.”

Ince became Blackpool’s third manager of last season when he took over from Michael Appleton in February of last year.

He steadied the ship at Bloomfield Road before guiding the team to safety and a 14th placed finish in the Championship table.

After a difficult summer which saw the likes of Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey, Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste depart, Ince guided the side to the best start to a League season in the club’s history.

And Oyston was quick to credit Ince and Rae for the job they did last season.

He said: “I’d like to think I had a good working relationship with the management team.

“We owe a great deal of debt to Paul and Alex for stepping into the breach and keeping us up last season.

“It’s never a decision I take lightly (to sack a manager).

“It’s a horrible thing to have to do and it’s not something I’m used to.

“In the 15 years I’ve had in charge I’ve only had to sack one previous manager (former boss Colin Hendry), and the circumstances were a lot different back then.”

Pool won six out of their first seven games and topped the table, leading to 46-year-old Ince being named August’s manager of the month.

The problems started for the former England captain in September when he was sent to the stands for throwing a water bottle during the 3-1 win away at Bournemouth.

After the game he was charged with creating an expletive-laden, ‘eye-bulging’ confrontation with a fourth official which resulted in a five-match stadium ban.

Under the leadership of Thompson and Rae, Pool survived the ban, but their lack of squad depth would eventually cost them.

Three players were sent-off during the 1-0 defeat at Yeovil, before Neal Bishop and Angel Martinez were also shown red four days later in the televised game against Derby.

It left the squad woefully short, and Pool haven’t won in any of their eight games since.

While many of the games during the poor run have been close, recent defeats to Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday turned the fans on the manager.

Oyston texted Ince, Rae and Thompson yesterday asking them to attend a meeting with club secretary Matt Williams.

While the manager was 
unable to attend, as he was on a coaching course, the two assistants were asked if they wished to resign, which they both declined.

They were then told they were to be sacked.

Oyston explained: “I met them all face-to-face on Sunday night and agreed a certain course of action.

“I told them what I expected and I just couldn’t let things drag on any long.

“I think we are in a tailspin out of control at the moment and probably need a fresh approach to get us out it.

“I’d like to think I got on very well with all three of them.

“It’s an awful thing to do and something I’d have preferred not to.”

While fans reacted positively to news, many expressed sadness at the decision to include Thompson in the cull.

The popular staff member first joined the club as a Centre of Excellence coach in 2005 
before being promoted to first team coach by Simon Grayson in 2006.

When Ian Holloway became Blackpool boss in 2009, Thompson stayed on as his assistant and had three spells as caretaker manager.

Oyston said: “We owe Thommo a lot for the many years he’s been with us.

“He was at the club through two promotions and some very good times.”