Pool transfer market frustration grows

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Frustrations are once again growing at Bloomfield Road with Jose Riga revealing no progress has been made in the transfer market.

The Seasiders boss wants at least four players before the closing of the transfer window on Monday night, and hoped to have additions before tomorrow’s trip to Millwall.

But after another week of inactivity Pool are no closer to new faces.

“No, there’s no progress at all,” said the boss when asked by The Gazette if he was closer to signings.

“I think the chairman is back now from holiday and we will now see what will be done.”

Pool chairman Karl Oyston summoned Riga and his whole coaching staff to a meeting yesterday afternoon, one which saw them discuss the situation for more than two hours.

It’s the first time the pair have met face to face since the start of the season.

Riga explained: “There’s not been enough contact with him in recent weeks, so I’m glad to have had a discussion.

“We had a chat and I told him what I need to improve the team.”

Riga’s public negativity was questioned by Oyston’s in The Gazette this week, suggesting it’s time everyone was more positive around Bloomfield Road. But Riga hit back at claims he is talking the club and players down.

He said: “Some people have called me too negative but I’m not, I’m just realistic.

“I am responsible for this team, it’s understandable I want the best for us.

“I’m the manager, I shouldn’t be happy when my team are at the bottom of the table.

“That’s the main reason I’m not happy, but I’m working very hard. The staff and the players are just looking for solutions and just trying our best to improve each game.”

Pool face Ian Holloway’s Millwall tomorrow looking for their first win of the season.

And despite all the problems Riga feels his side could go and finally get their season underway.

“Every game I’m focused on getting something from the game and I’m now focused on tomorrow’s game against Millwall,” said Riga.

“I’ll never go into a game saying we can’t win, every game I want a result.

“The way I talk to the players is very clear.

“I have the voice of a competitor because I am a competitor.”