Riga making plans

Chairman Karl Oyston
Chairman Karl Oyston
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New Blackpool manager Jose Riga will be behind his desk at Bloomfield Road from Monday and has been busy planning for the massive task of rebuilding the Seasiders squad.

Chairman Karl Oyston says the Belgian, who was previously in charge at Charlton, has been assembling his coaching and playing staff as well as making plans for a pre-season training camp on foreign shores.

Oyston said: “It’s probably been the busiest summer I’ve known in terms of the amount of phone calls that we’re fielding from agents and players

“The manager is obviously very busy working closely with the analyst, looking at the players we’ve got and the ones we had last season to see which, if any, he wants to keep.

“We’re generally making sure we recruit the (players with the) right abilities and from Tuesday onwards José will meet the players who he thinks have got the right abilities, as well as the character and attitude that he’s after.”

Oyston said Riga had made a “fair bit” of headway in finalising his backroom staff.

The chairman added: “He’s decided the structure that he wants and he’s now given me the candidates he’d like us to talk to and try and agree terms with.

“The first of those has begun to filter through and it’s important for him to have the staff he can rely on and delegate to.

“It’s important that we give him a good support network around him.”

Oyston said the intention was for the squad to go away for a warm weather training camp at an as yet unnamed venue.

“We’ve been sorting out the pre-season camp because we’re going abroad somewhere that José is keen to go.

“We’re making sure we facilitate that to give us the best possible opportunity to get people prepared for the season.”