Armfield: Oyston can’t make anymore managerial mistakes

Jimmy Armfield (left) has told Karl Oyston (right) to move quickly
Jimmy Armfield (left) has told Karl Oyston (right) to move quickly
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Jimmy Armfield has warned Karl Oyston he can’t make any more mistakes with managers.

Blackpool have started searching for their fifth manager in 18 months following the resignation of Lee Clark.

Ian Holloway is considering talking to the club over a possible return, while a number of other names are on chairman Karl Oyston’s shortlist.

But club legend Armfield says Oyston simply has to get this one right after a string of failed appointments since Holloway’s departure in November 2012.

Armfield told The Gazette: “The biggest decision a chairman will ever make is to appoint the manager. Blackpool have to get the appointment right this time.”

After a dreadful season ended with Pool rock-bottom of the Championship, many fans are insisting they will turn their back on the club until new owners replace the Oystons. And Armfield called on Pool to rebuild the crumbling club quickly.

He added: “Blackpool as a club can’t afford to look back and talk about what’s happened in the past. It’s time to look forward and rebuild.

“It’s not just the team that needs to be rebuilt – the whole structure of the football club does. It’s up to the owners now to prove their worth.”

Armfield has been involved in past managerial searches, offering his vast football knowledge to advise the chairman.

This time he’s keeping well away but is willing to offer the following advice.

“Blackpool need someone now who will be here in the town full-time. It’s not a holiday for someone,” said Armfield, who played 569 times for his only club from 1954-71.

“What Blackpool have to do now is rebuild the football team as quickly as possible. That’s the most important thing for everyone here.

“The retained list is done, so whoever comes in will just be picking up the pieces.”