The coaches with no contracts

Noel Blake with Charles Dunne in training
Noel Blake with Charles Dunne in training
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Jose Riga’s backroom staff have started work even though they are yet to sign contracts at Blackpool FC.

Former England U19 coach Noel Blake took training at Squires Gate yesterday with manager Riga and Belgian Bart De Roover.

The coaches agreed terms with Pool chairman Karl Oyston last week, along with goalkeeping coach Paul Crichton, but are yet to make the deal official.

It’s understood they have sent the contracts off to the League Managers’ Association for approval before committing to their new roles.

This situation has led to further rumours among the club’s supporters, with boss Riga refusing all requests for media interviews.

The Seasiders have only eight contracted players and progress remains slow, despite assurances from Oyston in yesterday’s Gazette.

Contract offers have been made to a number of players, though Pool are running out of time to build a squad ahead of their pre-season training camp in Spain – they are due to fly out in under a fortnight – and the Championship season begins in exactly one month.

One player offered a contract is popular midfielder Angel Martinez, who is back home in Spain.

Talks have begun with his agent and Pool hope to bring the 28-year-old back for a fourth season at Bloomfield Road.