League admits: We can’t intervene at Pool

Blackpool's Karl Oyston
Blackpool's Karl Oyston
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The Football League appear to have washed their hands of Blackpool, insisting there’s nothing they can do about Karl Oyston’s running of the club.

After a nightmare 18 months, a host of supporters have contacted the governing body to complain about the lack of investment in the Seasiders.

Club president Valeri Belokon is among those to have called for tighter rules on spending cash, though the League has said there is little it can do.

The League will not comment publicly in response to media questions. However, one Pool supporter who emailed the League has received a reply which has been obtained by The Gazette.

It reads: “With regards to player recruitment, this is a matter for clubs themselves and they will have their own policy on transfer spend and wage spend accordingly.

“The Football League requires clubs to field a team to fulfil its fixture requirements as per our regulations, but otherwise transfer strategy is at their discretion. In addition, the League is not prescriptive with regards to training facilities clubs must have.”

The written reply continued: “The League has no jurisdiction over any alleged private legal matters relating to any club individuals and supporters which do not fall under any section of the Owners and Directors Test.

“Aside from that we can only provide details of our objective Owners and Directors Test requirements, which outline disqualifying conditions that apply to all prospective and current owners and directors.

“We should add that aside from adhering to our regulations (including financial requirements) and the laws of the land, clubs are their own individual business and can chose to operate as they wish.

“Any queries relating to team performance should first be directed towards the club themselves.”

Chairman Oyston is awaiting the results of a Football Association enquiry into a text row with a supporter last December.