Riga: I’m still enjoying my job at Blackpool

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“Maybe I’m stronger than some people think,” that’s the message from Jose Riga today.

Despite huge doubts over his future, Riga broke his silence to tell The Gazette he’s still happy to be Pool boss.

The Belgian said: “Maybe I’m stronger than some people think. I enjoy the job here at Blackpool and I’m still enjoying it.

“It’s not been the ideal preparation but I know what I have to do, so I’m just doing my job.

“My positivity isn’t just in this interview, I am like this all day long.

“If the manager isn’t positive and trying to make this work, then the players won’t be either.

“In this kind of situation there’s a real commitment from us all to be together.

“At the training ground, when I’m with my players doing my job, I’m a very happy man.

“That’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m remaining positive.

“It’s been a good international break. We have managed to do what we wanted to do in the two weeks we’ve had.

“During the first week of the break everything was left prepared and the staff knew exactly what they had to do.

“I had also spoken to the key players and they all knew exactly what they had to do.

“The second week was good. We’ve all worked well. We’ve all done what we had to do.”

Pool’s five straight league defeats represent their worst ever start to a season and Riga wants to bring that losing run to an end.

He added: “We need to turn this around. We need some good results now.

“After the way the players have worked, they deserve it.”

Riga’s squad for this afternoon is almost identical to that for their last game at Millwall two weeks ago.

The only absentee will be striker Steven Davies, who has suffered a recurrence of the hip injury he struggled with last season.

Wolves arrive at Bloomfield Road as one of the form teams of the Championship, sitting third in the table.

Riga said of Kenny Jackett’s outfit: “They are a very competitive side. Their squad has a great mix of pace, power and ability. But we are at home.

“We are hoping we can get a good result as we always do here.”