Riga to be thrown to the Wolves

Jose Riga

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The drama at Blackpool Football Club has taken yet another sensational turn with Jose Riga looking set to take charge of tomorrow’s game against Wolves.

There’s been major doubt over the Belgian’s future this week after it was revealed Pool chairman Karl Oyston offered the manager’s job to Burton boss Gary Rowett on Tuesday.

Riga has continued to take training all week despite the shambles and is yet to meet face-to-face with his chairman to question him about his future.

However, The Gazette understands the pair have now been in touch over email and Riga now looks set to take charge of tomorrow’s game, despite major doubts hanging over his future.

Should the manager survive until the weekend he’s likely to be given a hero’s welcome by Pool fans who feel the 57-year-old has been harshly treated throughout his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

While The Gazette understands Blackpool have not broken any Football League rules we are yet to hear a response from the League Managers’ Association.

The Belgian gave his players a day off yesterday after a week of double training sessions and is expected to once again be back out in charge of his squad at Squires Gate this morning.

One player who won’t be involved tomorrow is midfielder Jose Miguel Cubero.

Despite looking to finally be closing in on a work permit, Cubero is currently on international duty with Costa Rica and will line up in the Central America Cup final on Saturday.

The 27-year-old extends his stay with the national team following their progression from Group B and will now face the winners of Group A in Los Angeles – a sixth consecutive Central America Cup final for Costa Rica.