Oyston: Risky strategy has left us stronger

Karl Oyston (left) at the end of the game against Reading

Karl Oyston (left) at the end of the game against Reading

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Karl Oyston admits Blackpool’s approach to the last transfer window was risky and could have backfired, but he insists the squad is now stronger and more balanced.

After starting the season with a threadbare squad, Pool have signed 10 players to replace the 16 who departed over the summer, with three signings on deadline day last week.

Oyston is in no doubt it’s all worked out for the better. “I’m certain that we are stronger as a result of our business in the transfer window,” he said.

“We have more balance within the squad, which is what the manager wanted.

“In an ideal world we’d have got the business done early.

“But people rely on clubs being keen to do business early and try to exploit that fact in the cost of players and wages.

“Sometimes you have to let people see a season of not playing or being out of work to concentrate their minds to come on a fair deal.”

Paul Ince has led his Pool side to the top of the Championship, with 13 points out of a possible 15, even though a combination of injuries and sheer lack of numbers left the manager short of options and raised questions over the club’s transfer strategy.

And Oyston admits the situation was far from ideal. He said: “It’s not the right philosophy as it didn’t give us the time to prepare we’d have liked.

“The fact the team has done so very well at the start of the season has meant the policy we adopted hasn’t harmed us – but it could have.

“We ran up a lot of blind alleys, which we probably knew deep down were blind alleys when we started the discussions. Ideally we’d have liked to have done things before the start of the season, but that wasn’t possible in this case.”

The loan window opens today, allowing the Seasiders to sign players from the Premier League on three-month deals.

They also have the option of adding unattached players, such as the former Wolves midfielder Stephen Hunt, who is training with the club.

Oyston added: “There are one or two doors still open for players we have had discussions with and who can be signed outside the window.

“A few players could also be available to come on loan if their clubs have failed to agree settlement terms to terminate their contracts. But we need to make sure we only bring in the right type of player. We need to make sure players are rewarded for the experience and quality they can bring to us.”