Riga’s Bloomfield Road blackout

Blackpool's manager Jose Riga
Blackpool's manager Jose Riga
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Blackpool’s power struggle is showing no signs of being resolved after Jose Riga banned all his players and staff from speaking to the media.

Manager Riga watched on as his side beat non-league Penrith 4-0 on Saturday, but his future remains very much up in the air.

The Belgian hasn’t spoken publicly since the day he was appointed almost six weeks ago.

The Gazette once again requested to speak to Riga after Saturday’s game in Cumbria only to be told that Riga had instructed his staff and players not to do any interviews.

The silence does nothing to ease the tensions or the nerves of supporters, whose patience has all but run out as Pool still have only eight registered players with the new season less than three weeks away.

Riga was given a standing ovation as he took his seat in the main stand at Penrith and the 56-year-old appears to have the full backing of Pool’s supporters.

The manager spent yesterday at Bloomfield Road with his staff, desperately attempting to add to his squad ahead of the 
opening game away to Nottingham Forest on August 9.

Pool, who still don’t have a contracted goalkeeper, fielded a team which included five trial players on Saturday.

One of those trying to earn a new deal at Bloomfield Road was striker Nathan Delfouneso, and he did his chances no harm with two first-half goals against the Northern League club.

New boy Sergei Zenjov and Bobby Grant fired in the others.

The former Tottenham and Barnsley keeper Ben Alnwick was among the trialists (see below), as were ex-Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis and another Pool old boy in Faris Haroun.