Riga: Action may be too little, too late

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Jose Riga has called on Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston to follow up this week’s positive words with actions in the transfer market.

After major doubts over Riga’s future as Pool manager, Oyston stated in Tuesday’s Gazette that he is now backing the Belgian.

It came a week after Oyston branded Riga unprofessional and offered his job to Burton boss Gary Rowett.

Now Riga has urged Oyston to truly support him. “Communication is easy, action isn’t,” the manager told The Gazette.

“Until now I haven’t spoken about the situation, I’ve just worked. Now we will see what happens.

“It may be a little late but we are going to talk about getting some players in.

“Talking about things and discussions are good but I prefer actions.”

Riga has consistently stressed the need to add quality to his squad since taking charge over three months ago.

And the 57-year-old insists he is not surprised to see Pool at the foot of the Championship with only one point to show for seven games.

Riga said: “I have done nothing but tell the truth and be honest since I arrived here.

“I was only focused on trying to help the club.

“The situation we are in now and our position is one I predicted.

“We need others players to help the team.

“While the communication is good now, we will see exactly what will happen.”

Tuesday’s 1-0 home defeat by Watford, in which Nile Ranger missed a penalty, highlighted Pool’s lack of match-winning quality.

It left Riga again calling for new faces. He added: “A player likes to be on the pitch but he likes to win more, so most of the players would be happy if we could bring in some key players.

“The latest game showed we can defend but we need some decisive players now.

“Sometimes you need someone who can create something out of nothing.

“It’s more about efficiency than anything else at the moment and I can’t fault anyone’s commitment.

“I don’t want to say that offensively we haven’t got players, but we could do with one or two experienced ones who our younger players can learn from.

“Donervon Daniels has learned so much from having Peter Clarke alongside him in defence.

“I want every one of our forward players to improve all the time too.”