Oyston’s vote of confidence for Blackpool boss Bowyer

Gary Bowyer has received the backing of Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Gary Bowyer has received the backing of Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says he can’t praise Gary Bowyer enough for the job he has done so far at Bloomfield Road.

The former Blackburn Rovers manager inherited what many would consider to be a poisoned chalice when he took on the job in June of last year on the back of two successive relegations.

The club, who had been playing in the Premier League as recently as 2011, had plummeted down the leagues and many were predicting they could have exited the Football League altogether.

But under Bowyer’s guidance, the Seasiders now sit in fifth position in the League Two table with just seven fixtures remaining.

Oyston believes the club has the right man to take them forward and that Bowyer, who has overseen 20 wins from his 51 games in charge, deserves a whole lot of credit.

“Fundamentally we are heading in the right direction and that’s all down to Gary and his team,” he acknowledged.

“I can’t praise Gary, the players and the staff enough because the job they inherited was a tough one and they’ve managed to bring stability, which is exactly what we needed.”

With just three points separating Bowyer’s men in fifth and Colchester United in 10th, the play-off spots are still up for grabs for a whole host of teams.

While the Seasiders are currently well in the hunt for a top seven finish, Oyston says Blackpool fans should know better than anyone how unpredictable the play-offs can be.

The club’s chairman did acknowledge that League Two is not a division Blackpool ought to be playing in but insists there is still a lot of work to be done.

“Our divisional status is key but let’s not get carried away,” Oyston added.

“The play-offs are a lottery after all.

“But saying that, historically we have done well in the play-offs apart from 2012.

“Stability is absolutely paramount and if we’re being honest, that’s not something we’ve really had during my time here in terms of divisional status because we’ve had a lot of promotions and relegations.

“I’ve been here, what, 20 years? And I think during that time we’ve either been promoted or relegated on eight different occasions.”