Oyston plans change to avoid another ‘season of turmoil’

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Karl Oyston hopes a change in player recruitment policy will help avoid what he called another ‘season of turmoil’.

With no manager and only five contracted players it promises to be a busy summer at Bloomfield Road.

But it’s something which Oyston says he’s ready to tackle head-on, and with a change of strategy.

“Every summer is big for a club, for different reasons,” said the Blackpool chairman.

“This summer is big for us as we have some big decisions to make.

“This goes without saying, but recruitment has been our failing and needs to improve.

“We probably need to go for a different profile of players.

“We should be aiming for ones who are young and hungry, or at least hungry whatever their age.

“You have to have people who want to play, want to perform and want to improve.

“We have to get the balance between the steel and the creative flair we have probably lacked.”

After describing the club as rudderless 12- months-ago, Pool are once again fighting for survival at the wrong end of the Championship table.

Pool’s form prompted some supporters to protest about Oyston’s running of the club, and the chairman is the first to admit things are simply not good enough.

He said: “I’m very sad to say it’s been another season of turmoil. We thought last year was bad enough, but managed to at least match last season.

“It’s not good, as a club we now have to make sure we don’t put our club, and our supporters, through this again.

“We had the best league start we’ve ever had in the club’s history to what I’m sure is one of the worst.

“This isn’t what we are used to, it’s not what we want and it’s not what we are going to tolerate.”

A host of big name players have left Bloomfield Road in the past year, with the likes of Matt Phillips being sold for profit.

The club has also once again had instability in the management department.

After having three managers last season, Pool are into their third month with temporary boss Barry Ferguson after the sacking of Paul Ince back in January.

Despite claiming things have improved under Ferguson, he was quick to admit it’s time for him to step-up and ensure there’s major improvement at the club.

Oyston said: “I’m not laying the blame anywhere, I’m not going to point any fingers.

“But as an organisation we need to perform better.

“That direction can only come from myself and we need to sit down and make sure we don’t go through this again.

“I can’t remember a time in my whole 15 years when things have been as hopeless as they have appeared at times this season.

“There is much more hope now since Barry came in, there’s certainly a different feel about the place.”

Blackpool’s Championship decline is hard to take for supporters after watching their side take the Premier League by storm just three years ago.

Oyston has always stood by his unique way of running the club, with financial prudence high on his list of priorities.

But he admits there’s also been a fair bit of luck.

“This spell probably highlights just how lucky we’ve been in the past,” he said.

“Certainly with managerial appointments, stability and results. But we can’t rely on luck any more.

“It’s about hard work and making the right decisions.

“It’s important we get back to a growth curve.”