Pool’s pre-season plans thrown up in the air

Blackpool's depleted squad were at Squires Gate training ground for pre-season training

Blackpool's depleted squad were at Squires Gate training ground for pre-season training

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Blackpool’s pre-season plans have been thrown into chaos after the club cancelled its training camp in Spain.

The squad was set to fly to La Manga on Sunday for a nine-day trip, including two friendly games.

But the Seasiders still have only eight players, and so manager Jose Riga decided to call off the trip and work on building his squad instead.

There are also doubts over Saturday’s friendly away to Penrith , where Pool could be forced to field a team of youth and trial players.

That would leave Pool with only one senior game, at home to Premier League side Burnley on August 2, before the season starts a week later .

Chairman Karl Oyston explained: “The manager has taken the decision to cancel the pre-season tour and I agree with his thoughts.

“We feel our time will be better served trying to get some player deals across the line.

“It wasn’t an easy decision but we feel we will be able to be much more productive here than over in Spain.”

Oyston hopes something can be done to compensate supporters who have booked flights to follow the team in south-east Spain.

He added: “I spoke to the chairman of the Blackpool Supporters Association, as I do with all fan issues, as soon as the decisionhas been taken.

“I hope we can deal with this fairly as I’m sure there are people who had booked to watch the two games.

“Once we have established who has booked, we’ll decide what we are going to do.”

Pool are urging any fans who have booked flights and accommodation in the La Manga area to email mark.ridgway@blackpoolgazette.co.uk