More talk of Pool unrest

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Another difficult week at Blackpool FC begins today, with the club’s seven contracted players unsure when pre-season training is to begin and national newspaper reports claiming Jose Riga is set to quit just three weeks after being appointed manager.

Riga and Pool chairman Karl Oyston were maintaining their silence last night amid the rumours of unrest although both have vowed to speak with the media and fans once there is something concrete to talk about.

While the weekend media reports suggesting Riga is unsettled were unsubstantiated, it is clear that all is not well at Bloomfield Road.

Riga is yet to appoint an assistant or any other backroom staff, while the only signing since his appointment is that of full-back Tony McMahon following his short-term stint last season.

It’s believed the Belgian is reluctant to sign players until his staff are in place, but progress in that department has been made and two assistant could be announced today.

The squad was scheduled to report back this morning, but with so few players signed Riga has decided to delay the start of pre-season training until later in the week at the earliest.

The Gazette understands the remaining squad members are yet to be informed when they are required to report in.

Having been appointed three weeks ago, Riga took up residence at the Blackpool FC Hotel last Monday and began work at Bloomfield Road.

No news of additions to the squad was forthcoming last week, when Riga declined requests for media interviews because he had nothing to report.

It is understood the Belgian’s top priority is to get his support staff in place, with compatriot Bart De Roover his first choice as right-man man.

The 46-year-old former Royal Antwerp manager, who has since been coaching in Saudi Arabia, was at Bloomfield Road late last week for talks over the assistant manager’s job.