Blackpool fan group backs Belokon action

Steve Rowland
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Blackpool Supporters Trust have described Valeri Belokon’s legal action as a “significant day for the club”.

The fan group have worked closely with the club President in recent times and hope to hold face-to-face talks with the Latvian businessman next month.

And after Belokon announced his High Court action against the Oyston family, BST chairman Steve Rowland told The Gazette: “It’s a significant day for Blackpool FC. For the president of a football club and 20 per cent shareholder to take this sort of step is a remarkable thing.

“We expect a resolution will take a long time and can hopefully take us a step closer to seeing the Oystons leave the club.”

BST tabled its own bid to take control of Blackpool FC this summer, and although this leveraged offer is not expected to be successful, the group hopes to help bring the problems at Bloomfield Road to an end.

Rowland added: “We aren’t connected to this legal action in any way but we’d like to meet Owen Oyston to talk about how we can help them leave the club. We are still hoping for a meeting with the owner to bring this situation to an end.”

While Rowland feels Belokon’s action is positive news, he admitted the need for it is not.

“It’s a sad day really,” he said. “No-one likes to see the club they love in this position.

“All this makes it even more imperative we find a solution going forward. We urge the Oyston family to meet us around the negotiating table to bring this to an end.”