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Oyston On Riga Appointment

Posted: Wed 11 Jun 2014
Author: Mark Ridgway

Chairman Speaks On New Manager

Chairman Karl Oyston says the appointment of new manager José Riga was a measured one.

The Belgian was unveiled as The Seasiders’ new boss earlier today and will immediately start re-building the squad for a new Championship campaign.

“I’m pleased we didn’t make a knee-jerk decision, we went through the process properly and thoroughly, and now we need to get behind the manager with confidence,” he told the official website.

“If you make a quick decision, rather than a measured one, it can come back to haunt you later down the line. This one won’t because everyone buys into José’s culture and approach.”

Riga becomes Blackpool’s first ever foreign manager, but brings experience in English football having kept Charlton Athletic in The Championship last campaign.

“I said early doors that we wouldn’t just consider British managers, we looked at foreign managers and particularly ones which have some experience in this country. He also has experience in Europe, different clubs with different styles, and can develop players. 

“What José did at Charlton last year was unbelievable, and they speak very highly of him. We’ve done our due diligence and spoken to people there. They were very sad to see him go, but it was understandable why José felt he couldn’t continue in the position he was in.”

After meeting the media this afternoon, Riga explained the job ahead and spoke positively about building from the bottom, which impressed Oyston.

“We need to make changes to our approach, our league position the last couple of seasons doesn’t tell any fibs, which is why we’ve gone for this type of manager. It’s a fresh approach and we’ll start to really get our enthusiasm back, which is important throughout the club.

“We’ve got pretty much a clean slate to build from. He is very thorough - you need somebody like that in football. It’s a very scientific process to prepare players and get people ready for what is a very difficult division.

“I feel a lot more enthusiastic than I have done for a year or two, challenges are always good. We’ve got a number of weeks where we’ll build a squad, we’ll then make sure José has the tools and staff in place to get everyone in shape for the season ahead.”