Pilley: I’ll never buy Blackpool

Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley
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Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley has ruled out ever making a move to buy Blackpool Football Club.

The energy entrepreneur was linked, by some Seasiders fans, with a switch to Bloomfield Road alongside Pool president Valeri Belokon – after the Latvian suggested he might mount a takeover bid with a British partner.

Speaking to The Gazette Pilley blew such talk out of the water, insisting his future lay only with League One Fleetwood - a club in which he has invested in excess of £10m.

And he went further, defending under-fire Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, reminding fans his leadership took the club to the promised land of the top flight.

“Nobody should lose sight of the fact Karl was the chairman who got them into the Premier League,” said Pilley.

“That in itself was an incredible achievement.

“It’s for me to focus entirely on the job I have to do here.

“That’s what I’ll do and what I’ll continue to do forever and a day.

“I’ve not got my eyes on being involved anywhere else.

“I’m very, very happy here and I see this as a huge part of my future.”

Oyston has repeatedly stated he would not sell Blackpool, who are currently rock bottom of the Championship, just 11 league places above their neighbours to the north.

The Fleetwood chairman may have ruled out ever taking ownership of the Seasiders but he admitted he is keeping a close eye on the club’s fortunes, with a revenue raising derby next season in mind.

“Looking at what’s going on at Blackpool, we’d relish the chance to play them twice in a season,” he said.

“Whether or not that happens, we don’t know, there’s a lot of football to be played yet.

“We’ll just concentrate on our club and enjoy the journey we are on.”