Riga wants help to build ‘something special’

Blackpool have just Jose Riga and Noel Blake on their outfield coaching staff
Blackpool have just Jose Riga and Noel Blake on their outfield coaching staff
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Jose Riga has asked chairman Karl Oyston for a larger coaching team to help him “build something special” at Blackpool.

The pair have been battling behind the scenes since the manager’s arrival in June but they have taken steps to fix their broken relationship in recent weeks.

They now meet twice weekly and the latest topic of discussion is Riga’s lack of backroom staff at Bloomfield Road.

Riga has been operating with Noel Blake as his only senior coach, apart from goalkeeper specialist Paul Crichton.

The Pool manager said: “We have made unbelievable progress here. Imagine what we could achieve if I got what I wanted.

“My first idea is that we can really build something special here. I think it’s important to imagine what we can achieve here if the people in charge provided just a normal amount of the things I ask for.

“I give everything I can in this job. I enjoy many things about being here at Blackpool but sometimes you have to understand I’m frustrated.

“I don’t know one other Championship club with just three people on the coaching staff. The backroom situation still isn’t resolved. I’m still seeking more people to join my coaching staff.

“We need more, that’s for sure, and Karl knows it.”

Blackpool travel to Huddersfield today, having not played for a fortnight since recording their first win of the season, a 1-0 success against Cardiff which dragged Pool off the bottom of the Championship.

And Riga has called on his players to make it back-to-back wins against the 18th-placed Terriers.

He added: “We worked hard to get the Cardiff result and we have to work hard every day to do that again.

“The win against Cardiff is only the first step for us. We know what we have to do to be efficient. We have to work hard and be strong as a team.

“It’s only the first step and I’ve told my players the Huddersfield game is the most difficult we’ve faced this season.

“Huddersfield have a similar mentality to us and it will be very difficult.

“If we want to repeat what we did against Cardiff, then we are going to have to work harder. We’ve shown what we can do here but that win is in the past.”

n Striker Tom Barkhuizen has joined League Two Morecambe on a month’s loan.

The 21-year-old has been frozen out by Jose Riga at Pool and is yet to play this season