SLIDESHOW: Riga wants Pool back ‘where they belong’

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New Blackpool boss Jose Riga says he wants to put the club “back where they should be”.

The Belgian was unveiled as the club’s first overseas manager yesterday, returning to the ground where he masterminded a 3-0 victory in his final game as Charlton boss on May 3.

Blackpool manager Jose Riga

Blackpool manager Jose Riga

And although Riga stopped short of saying he wants to take the club back to the Premier League, he clearly has his sights set much higher than last season’s relegation struggles.

“I’m here to find a way to put Blackpool back where it should be,” he told The Gazette.

“By that I mean certainly not struggling at the bottom of the table like they were last season. For me it’s important we develop a good and consistent team with a good foundation.

“When we manage to achieve that, you never know where we could end up as a club.

“I don’t want to set big targets in the future because it’s about what you do now.

“But if we are all together, I’m confident I can get this club back to where they should be.”

As revealed exclusively in yesterday’s Gazette, Riga put pen to paper on a one-year rolling contract on Monday night, having first met with chairman Oyston almost two weeks ago.

And he says he can’t wait to get started: “I’m very excited,” he added.

“Challenges are a big part of being a football manager.

“I know this is a huge challenge here but it’s one I’m looking forward to.”