Riga back on brink of Blackpool exit

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Jose Riga’s position as Blackpool boss is under threat again – with a decision on his fate expected as early as today.

Riga is set to hold talks with chairman Karl Oyston this morning which could end the Belgian’s four and a half month spell in charge at Bloomfield Road.

It’s believed the relationship between the pair has once again broken down, this time to a point of no return.

Pool are now five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship after goals from Glenn Murray and Nick Blackman were added to by a Peter Clarke own goal on Saturday.

Riga’s body language was at an all-time low following the game after another week of seeing requests for new additions turned down.

It’s expected this morning’s talks will see the pair thrash out their issues before a final decision is made.

On Saturday Pool’s players showed little hope of dragging themselves out of relegation trouble and boss Riga was less than happy with what he saw.

“I was very disappointed, I didn’t recognise my team,” he said. “Normally we compete in all our games, have good moments and are solid.

“But on Saturday we were nowhere, we were more like spectators, it was a big disappointment to me.

“We knew in the situation Reading were in that they would react and hoped we could frustrate them, but we weren’t able.

“We can speak about the missing players, that has some impact. But just thinking about the ones on the pitch it wasn’t good enough, we didn’t do the basics.

“We know that in our situation we have to do much more as a team to get anything from games.

“If you do less, we will be punished and that’s what happened on Saturday.”

Pool gifted goals to Nigel Adkins’ struggling Royals with keeper Joe Lewis at fault for the opener, Clarke heading into his own goal and John Lundstram giving away a needless penalty.

But Riga defended his number one, saying: “The way Joe has played for us this season I don’t have a problem with his mistake on Saturday.

“He’s been excellent for us, it was a mistake he’ll come back from.”

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Pool’s already threadbare squad was dealt another blow with David Perkins picking up his fifth booking of the season which means he’ll miss next weekend’s clash against Ipswich through suspension.

But Riga isn’t making excuses.”I know we were missing Tony McMahon, Joan Oriol and the energy of David Perkins in midfield as he played, but