More signings to come says Oyston

Karl Oyston
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Karl Oyston admits Blackpool are only half-way through their summer re-build.

Pool kick-off the new season at Doncaster this weekend with only 13 fit senior players on their books.

They were boosted last week with the signings of Michael Chopra and Steven Davies and remain in talks with a host of other players.

But after a summer which the chairman admits hasn’t been ideal, the Seasiders still have plenty of work to do.

“It’s not been the easiest or smoothest of summers by any stretch of the imagination,” said Oyston.

“We’ve got half of the players we probably want to recruit, and are still talking to quite a few.

“We aren’t there, I’m sad to say, we aren’t where we wanted to be.

“We are well behind in our preparation.

“It’s probably hampered Paul more than most other managers.”

Fourteen players left Bloomfield Road at the end of last season, with only four coming in to replace them so far.

Manager Paul Ince was keen to trim a squad he felt was far too big last season.

But as ever Pool’s chairman won’t be panicking.

He said: “There’s a lot more work for us, but nothing too desperate.

“We’ll do deals when it’s right for us.

“Deals have to empower the manager, a lot of clubs abandon any control of the players for the manager.

“We try to make a biggish proportion of players’ deals based on appearance, so they need to be playing.

“There’s also a very good bonus pot.

“I like to see managers with control over players.

“What I do know, without doubt, is that we need to bring some more players in to help Paul do his job.”

Despite players coming out insisting promotion is the club’s aim this season, they remain one of the favourites for the drop with bookmakers.

Not that Oyston takes much notice.

“We released 14 players at the end of last season, some which we didn’t want to lose,” he said.

“We’ve been slow in replacing them so I think that must be what the bookmakers are looking at.

“But some of the players we’ve brought in during the last week or so and some of the players we’ll hopefully bring in will make them change their view.

“I don’t really do expectations, I never have.

“You have to judge things over the season, not knee jerk.

“My role is to back the manager and give him the tools to help him do his job.”