Riga hit with silence over future

Jose Riga
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Jose Riga has been hit with a Bloomfield Road wall of silence this week as Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston avoided all contact with his embattled manager.

Despite Tuesday’s revelations by Burton Albion that Pool had offered Riga’s job to their manager Gary Rowett, the Belgian has yet to hear anything from Oyston about his future.

The pair haven’t spoken since transfer deadline day 10 days ago. Oyston hasn’t been seen at Bloomfield Road since Monday and could not be contacted by the manager or The Gazette throughout yesterday.

Despite all the doubts surrounding his future, Riga again took training as normal yesterday, then remained in his office at Bloomfield Road for almost four hours in the hope of clarifying his future.

But Oyston didn’t appear and an increasingly frustrated Riga again left for home in total darkness as to his fate, again declining to speak to the media.

Oyston’s approaches to Owen Coyle and then Rowett clearly indicate a plan to appoint a replacement before dismissing Riga following the breakdown of their working relationship.

The situation has attracted widespread condemnation from Blackpool’s supporters, though The Gazette understands Oyston’s actions have not broken any Football League rules and he did approach Rowett through official channels.

The Gazette approached the League Managers’ Association for a comment and is awaiting a response.

Riga appears to have no intention of resigning. though he has not spoken publicly since Pool’s last match at Millwall almost a fortnight ago.

It remains to be seen whether he will conduct his usual pre-match press conference tomorrow, though at present the sensational prospect remains of the Belgian still being in charge for Saturday’s home game against Wolves.