Oyston: Why I sacked Riga

Jose Riga and Karl Oyston on the day he was named as Blackpool manager back in June
Jose Riga and Karl Oyston on the day he was named as Blackpool manager back in June
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Karl Oyston said the decision to sack Jose Riga is one which will help Pool’s survival chances.

The Seasiders lie five points adrift at the bottom of the Championship having lost ten out of their fifteen games so far.

Pool’s problems stem from a public row between Riga and Oyston which has been going on virtually since the day he walked into Bloomfield Road back in June with the manager claiming he hadn’t been allowed to add to his squad in recent weeks.

And after choosing to sack a manager for only the third time of his term as Chairman, Oyston said it was a decision he had to make.

“This decision is to give us the best possible chance of surviving in the Championship, the change was necessary,” he told The Gazette.

“We have to turn things around and give someone the chance to bring some fresh players in and brighten things up.

“We have left it as long as we possibly could, things just weren’t improving.

“It was something we had to do.”

Riga lasted just 138 days as Blackpool manager with his 15 games making him the second shortest serving manager of all time behind Michael Appleton (12 games).

The victory against Cardiff earlier this month will go down as Riga’s only win as Blackpool manager.

The Belgian took over a squad of just six players in June and started the season at Nottingham Forest with just 13 senior players.

Despite pointing the finger at transfer failings, Oyston backed his former boss to bounce back.

He said: “I’m not really happy to comment on the reasons it didn’t work out with Jose, we’ve done that to death in the past.

“What I will say is every player brought to the club was the manager’s choice, which he had the opportunity to look at ahead of bringing them in.

“I’m sure Jose will reappear somewhere in football in the future and I’m sure in the right structure he may flourish.

“I don’t think our club was the right structure for him, I think he’s used to a different role and we are used to a different type of manager.

“It wasn’t a good fit, anything which isn’t working, it’s better to change.”

Pool fans took to social networks to slam Oyston for the decision, blaming him and not the manager for the current situation.

And Oyston was happy to take some blame on the chin, and promised to back the next manager.

“I am the Chairman of the football club and make the decisions so I suppose I should be blamed for that appointment not going well.

“But it’s not time for blame now, it’s about doing everything we can to find the right manager and give him the backing which is needed.”