Oyston: Training ground can’t be rushed

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KARL Oyston has hit back at critics who say his plans for a new training ground are taking too long.

The Seasiders chief insists building a multi-million pound complex is a complicated and drawn out project that can’t happen overnight.

The chairman says he is working hard to make progress and insists the club will eventually leave Squires Gate for a new state-of-the-art base.

Oyston, who is understood to have identified land off Ballam Road in Lytham as the site for the new complex, first announced his intentions to build a training ground 12 months ago.

He is still waiting for planning permission but he disagrees with anyone who says it is taking too long.

Oyston said: “It has not been going on for a while at all. We’ve only been in a position to fund the training ground as a stand-alone project for 12 months – that is nothing in planning terms, where you (have to) identify a site, get planning permission and do the necessary environmental studies and reports.

“A small, faceless minority may have been squawking about a training ground.”

“But if they’re not squawking about that, then they aren’t squawking about something else.”

The current Squires Gate ground can hardly be described as cutting edge. It has been the club’s training base since the Second World War.

Many other Football League clubs have improved their training facilities or relocated in recent years.

Asked if he thought a new training ground was necessary, Oyston replied: “We got to the Premier League with the training ground we’ve got, so that would tend to indicate that it isn’t necessary.

“But I think it is important that we keep moving forward and keep improving as a club.

“We need to keep trying to make sure we have facilities that help us develop and retain talent, and that we create the best possible working environment for all of our playing staff.

“It is an ongoing project and we will definitely get there. We will definitely have a new training ground at some point.

“But I really won’t be forced into saying when it will happen. It will happen as soon as I am physically able to make it happen.”