Oyston: We’ll bounce back

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KARL Oyston says it is vital Blackpool “hit the floor running” at the start of next season.

The chairman, who has vowed the south-east corner stand will be open for the first game of 2012-13 “barring absolute calamity”, doesn’t want the disappointment of missing out on a Premier League return to linger all summer.

He wants everyone at the club, including manager Ian Holloway, to shake off the Wembley blues quickly and return more determined than ever to succeed.

Oyston said: “I have spoken to the manager and I think he just needs to get away and relax, which he has done.

“It is important for him to get away from the disappointment and pressure for a while, and tell us who he wants us to chase and what his priorities are in terms of additions to the squad.

“We have released quite a few players, one or two who haven’t ever really contributed, so it is better that they ply their trade elsewhere and we get people in who will make a difference to us.

“I don’t want us to spend all summer moping and feeling sorry for ourselves.

“Yes, of course we are bitterly disappointed, but I think you have to reflect on the achievement of what we did over the course of the season and of getting to Wembley.

“Once you get to the play-offs it is a bit of a lottery and West Ham are a good side.

“Effectively, they were a Premier League side in the Championship and no-one could believe they didn’t go up automatically. They threw that away really.

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“If they were in form at Wembley and got their heads right, which they did, it was always going to be difficult to get past them.

“But I thought we more than matched them and nine times out of ten we would have beaten them. We were the better side and created a lot more goalscoring opportunities.

“So it is difficult not to be disappointed, but we acquitted ourselves very well, both in terms of support and the way the team played.

“Now we have to make sure we shake off this hangover and hit the floor running with a strong and prepared squad for next season.”

Oyston said he doesn’t intend to take much time off during the summer and promised that the south-east corner – the final stage of the stadium development – will be ready for the start of the campaign.

He added: “There isn’t really time to have a break this summer. I have to go to Portugal for the chairman’s conference next weekend, and then I really want to try to finish off a lot of things. We have much to do, a lot of ground to cover and a lot of progress to make on several fronts.

“We need to make sure we keep driving things on as quickly as we can, but in the right way.

“Barring absolute calamity, the south-east corner will very easily be open for the start of the season.

“That is my main objective for the new season, along with getting the hotel done and the boxes and new exec areas organised.

“I want to make sure we make our existing supporters happy and try to continue building our support base.

“We have to make sure we give as much benefit as we can to the local community by working with them and helping them in every way possible.”

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