Blackpool FC are looking to recruit a team’s worth of new talent this summer.
Chairman Karl Oyston is looking to bring in 11 players during the close-season to give manager Paul Ince the best possible chance of competing at the right end of the Championship in 2013-14.
Having activated the club’s option to extend the contracts of a dozen current players for a further season, Oyston has turned his attention to replacing those who have been released.
The Pool chief told The Gazette: “We have 11 players to bring in, and that process has begun because we need to ensure we bring in the right players.”
The club may have to recruit more new blood than originally planned, after the chairman revealed in yesterday’s Gazette that he can’t afford to sit back and wait for the seven out-of-contract players who have been offered new terms.
In summers gone by, former manager Ian Holloway would announce that he had presented his chairman with a list of close-season transfer targets.
Oyston revealed the recruitment drive is a little different this time.
He added: “It’s not exactly the same process we had with Ian.
“There have been discussions between the manager and myself over a large number of players.
“We have to make sure the players we bring in are the right ones for the club.
“We have to make sure they are type of player we want. We also have to make sure that they are the right sort of people and that as players they will improve the club.
“It isn’t just a case of signing players because we need numbers. They have to be players who will improve us going forward.”
And Oyston acknowledges that time is of the essence. “We need to give the manager the time he needs with the new players.”