Blackpool agreed a deal to sign the Carlisle midfielder Brad Potts last night but concerns are growing over a power vacuum at the club after chairman Karl Oyston was slapped with a six-week ban from the game.
Oyston will be barred by the FA from all football activity from July 8, having admitted five misconduct charges relating to abusive texts sent to a supporter.
The football club should keep the fans informedBlackpool Supporters Trust
New boss Neil McDonald must build a squad virtually from scratch, and Oyston’s enforced period of absence could result in some quick deals by a club not renowned for doing its summer transfer business early.
The 20-year-old Potts was an ongoing target for the Seasiders last season and last night he agreed a two-year deal with the option of a third.
A virtual ever-present for the League Two club last season, the England Under-19 international made 83 League appearances in three seasons at Brunton Park, scoring eight goals.
He would have been out of contract at the end of this month and the clubs have agreed a compensation fee as Potts is under-23.
He becomes McDonald’s second signing after goalkeeper Colin Doyle and the manager will hope to complete more before Oyston’s ban comes into effect.
On the business side of the club, there is no-one under Oyston in any position of authority at Bloomfield Road.
There remains silence from the club as to who will fill the void and Blackpool Supporters Trust say an announcement must be made quickly to clarify the issue.
BST’s Christine Seddon told The Gazette: “The football club should keep the fans informed. We need to know exactly what is happening.
“Right now there is almost total silence, not just on this but on every issue.”
Seddon added: “There has been a complete media blackout for months now. It is time the club came out and told us what is going to happen on such an important matter.”
Controversially, the FA have not barred Oyston from Bloomfield Road during the six weeks of his ban, except during any fixtures and for two hours either side of them.
It remains unclear whether Oyston, who has also been fined £40,000 and must attend an education session, will exercise his right to appeal against his punishment.
The Gazette has again asked Blackpool FC who would take control during Oyston’s ban, but the club could not provide an answer.