Oyston making long-term Pool plans

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston
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Karl Oyston is drawing up a long-term plan for the future of Blackpool FC and hinted that an overseas manager may well be at the heart of it.

The Seasiders chairman is searching for the club’s 35th manager and is seriously considering Pool’s first team boss from outside these shores.

Oyston told The Gazette: “I’m not ruling out candidates from the UK but more people on our list are foreign or working abroad at the moment.”

He had hoped to have his man in place this week but that now looks unlikely.

After drawing up a shortlist and spending the week in talks with candidates, Oyston has narrowed down his search and will meet a couple more this weekend with a view to making an appointment next week.

Oyston has come under plenty of critcism from supporters who accuse the club of lacking a long-term plan and structure.

And he insists that’s something they want to change with this appointment.

Oyston said: “I want to be able to develop a longer term plan with this club.

“I’m looking for someone who will come in and link with the youth at our club.

“It’s a very successful element of our club and I want it to become a big part of our future.

“I want the manager to be very hard-working and make sure we go over and above the bare minimum in terms of training and fitness.

“I’m keen on someone who will take the preparation and analysis work seriously.

“We have the staff in place to be able to do that and I hope the new manager will improve it.”