Riga: I don’t feel like a manager at Pool

Blackpool manager Jose Riga
Blackpool manager Jose Riga
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Jose Riga says he still doesn’t feel like a proper manager at Blackpool.

The Belgian has struggled on and off the field since his appointment in June, losing all four matches after a running battle with chairman Karl Oyston over club policy.

And although there have been some positive signs of late, Riga doesn’t yet feel able to do his job fully.

He told The Gazette: “I still don’t feel like a manager yet.

“It’s not just about having players here – it’s about the infrastructure too.

“Each day I have to face problems a normal manager doesn’t have to deal with. I’d prefer not to speak about this every time but when I’m asked the question I’m honest.”

Blackpool lie bottom of the Championship after three defeats and face tough away trips to Wigan and Millwall next.

Riga has openly admitted his squad was far from ready for the campaign, in terms of fitness and preparation, after a fragmented summer. And now he insists the task was impossible.

He said: “I told everyone it would be difficult at first and it has been. We just have to keep working to find solutions inside the group and hopefully serious solutions can be found outside the group.

“In all three league games we’ve been close to getting a result and we have to take something from that. We aren’t far away.

“It has been an impossible mission really in these opening games ut I haven’t said it. I’m just focussing on my job and working hard.

“We have to be better as a collective at this club. We need to find solutions together. I hope the future is bright here.”

A crowd of just 9,929 at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday’s saw Pool start and end the game against Brentford on top, though they lost 2-1.

And although the statistics show the Bees deserved their win, they had few clear chances.

It’s a source of frustration for Riga, who added: “At the moment it seems every chance the opposition has leads to a goal. Joe Lewis isn’t having much to do, yet we are conceding goals.

“We’ve shown really good spells in all three league games. It’s frustrating.”