Blackpool fans have given a huge vote of no-confidence to Karl Oyston, blaming the chairman for the club’s relegation and calling on him to stand down.
The Gazette conducted a fans’ survey after a shambolic season which saw two managers walk out of the club, which finished rock-bottom of the Championship.
We received 3,968 responses and the message to Oyston was clear, 82.83 per cent laid the blame for the Seasiders’ relegation at his door.
That compares to just 1.02 per cent who found former boss Lee Clark at fault, while 0.86 per cent believe Belgian manager Jose Riga is to blame.
The other 15.75 per cent felt the supporters themselves should accept responsibility.
It is almost a year since Riga, who this week left Standard Liege after just three months in charge, was appointed Pool manager. He and Oyston were at loggerheads almost immediately, clashing over transfer policy.
Riga’s job was offered to both Owen Coyle and Gary Rowett, then manager of Burton, before the Belgian was finally replaced by Clark at the end of October.
Clark was allowed to build his own team but was unable to arrest Pool’s slide, resigning at the end of the season, after Pool were relegated with a record-low points tally of 26.
The fans’ response was unequival when we asked whether Oyston should stand down as chairman.
More than 3,000 people – 82 per cent of those who completed our survey – want a change of regime.
The response came as no surpise to the Blackpool Supporters’ Trust, who have been leading calls for the Oyston family to sell the club.
BST’s Christine Seddon insisted the relationship between the Oystons and Pool’s fans has completely broken down. She said: “Many fans will not go back to the club until they are gone. That is sad but it is the reality we have. The Oystons need to realise their time is up.”