Riga: Karl this can’t go on

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Jose Riga is to hold face-to-face talks with Karl Oyston today and will tell the Blackpool chairman: “We can’t stay in this situation.”

The Seasiders slumped to a 1-0 defeat at Wigan on Saturday, their fourth straight Championship loss.

Manager Riga is adamant he has not received enough help from the chairman in his efforts to build a competitive squad.

And with Oyston now back from his family holiday, Riga revealed to The Gazette that talks will take place.

The Pool boss said: “I hope I will have a good meeting on Monday with the chairman, I hope so.

“The players are trying to give everything but we can’t stay in this situation for a long time.

“The longer we go without any points the mindset will get worse, so we need some good players and fit players who can come straight in.

“I still hope and I will wait for some good news in the transfer window.”

After the window closes next Monday night, clubs can make only short-term loan signings until the end of the year.

Pool have signed 18 players this summer, with more likely to follow in the coming days.

But Riga has again spoken about his frustrations in the transfer market, even suggesting he is unhappy with the signings so far.

He added: “I will never complain about my players but the situation has dictated who we sign.

“They will improve and will start to get results.

“It’s more and more difficult now to get my original targets in. They aren’t sat around waiting for Blackpool.

“It was always going to be difficult to get these players and it’s even more difficult now.

“Even now when we speak to agents, they are less and less happy to let their players come here.

“We are in a situation where we have to be happy with where we are but we aren’t yet complete.”

Oriol Riera’s first-half goal was the difference between the sides at the DW Stadium, where Riga thought Pool could have broken their points duck.

“In the first half, we conceded at a similar point to recent games,” he said. “In the second half we showed a different side of us.

“I can’t complain about the will or effort of the players again.

“We had a big opporunity for Nile Ranger in the second half but we know nothing is easy in our situation, even taking that sort of chance.

“Wigan had more chances than us but we had good ones too. In our situation we have to take those chances.”