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Oyston: Things Are Progressing

19 June 2014

Chairman Speaks To Official Website

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says things are progressing behind-the-scenes at Bloomfield Road, as José Riga looks to assemble his coaching and playing staff for the new season.

In the midst of what is proving to be an extremely busy summer, The Seasiders' new boss is currently assessing transfer targets and making decisions on players previously in tangerine.

"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 chairman told the official website.

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

"We're generally making sure we recruit 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."

Having been officially unveiled as Blackpool manager a week ago, Riga has now identified the coaches he'd like to surround himself with at Bloomfield Road.  

"He's made a fair bit of headway with his backroom staff, 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," Oyston continued. "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, not just from ourselves but from his football staff."

With pre-season on the horizon, Riga has also been supported in his request to take any new arrivals away for a warm weather training camp.  

"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, and to give José the maximum amount of time and the right environment to integrate them to the club," Oyston added.


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