Could there be light at the end of Pool’s tunnel?

Blackpool Manager Jose Riga in the stand at Penrith on Saturday
Blackpool Manager Jose Riga in the stand at Penrith on Saturday
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Blackpool could finally be heading for progress in the transfer market after Jose Riga and Karl Oyston made steps to end the recruitment stand-off.

The Blackpool manager has made just one signing since arriving as boss at the start of last month and has been locked in a stand-off with chairman Oyston.

After a head-to-head which almost cost Riga his job, it’s believed both sides have eased their stances and progress could be made in the coming days.

With just over two weeks until the start of the season Pool have only eight players signed on, but despite the situation Riga isn’t ready to quit.

The Gazette was last night told the former Charlton boss remains ‘determined to put things right’ and wants to stay at Bloomfield Road, despite being hugely frustrated by the whole situation.

It’s understood he’s agreed to drop some of the names on his transfer wish-list and has now opened talks with a number of English based players, although at least three overseas players remain targets.

Pool fielded five trial players during the weekend’s 4-0 win against Penrith and as many as eight unattached players were due to train with the club again this morning.

While Oyston’s patience was also being stretched to the point of cracking, it’s now hoped Riga’s change of targets will encourage the Pool chairman to give the green light for a host of signings ahead of the start of the Championship season two weeks on Saturday.

However, tensions remain between the pair and should progress not be made before the weekend Riga’s future could yet be in doubt.

Blackpool have spoken to as many as 30 players in the last seven days, with goalkeeper Ben Alnwick and striker Ishmael Miller both being officially offered contracts.

As revealed in yesterday’s Gazette, former Nottingham Forest striker Miller is close to arriving at Bloomfield Road and could put pen to paper this afternoon.