Oyston plotting Riga revolution

Karl Oyston
Karl Oyston

Karl Oyston wants Jose Riga to revolutionise Blackpool FC and introduce a European culture to the club.

The Belgian was due to return from holiday in Italy over the weekend to sign his Bloomfield Road contract, and he is expected to start work as Blackpool manager this week.

And chairman Oyston believes he will bring a whole new outlook to the Seasiders.

Oyston said of the 56-year-old former Charlton and Standard Liege boss: “He’s one of the new breed of foreign coaches who are very organised and have modern methods.

“Jose will bring a totally different style to the club.

“I think there’s a different culture from European managers which clubs over here need to buy into.

“Right from the top to bottom of our club, it’s time we caught up and I hope Jose can assist this.”

One issue surrounding Blackpool’s manager hunt was the number of backroom staff the potential candidates wanted to accompany them.

It is understood that Riga will bring two assistants of his own choice to Blackpool.

These are yet to be appointed but Oyston confirmed the situation is “all under control”.

n Hull City have been strongly linked with Thomas Ince after the Blackpool winger expressed his intention to sign for a Premier League club.

However, national newspaper reports claim at least half a dozen other top-flight clubs are interested in the out-of-contract England Under-21 star. The speculation intensified when the 22-year-old announced he would not be signing for his father Paul’s former club Inter Milan or for any other overseas club following talks at the San Siro last week.

Hull showed an interest in Ince during the January transfer window, when he instead went to Crystal Palace on loan, scoring once in eight appearances.

Pool can expect a multi-million pound windfall should Ince join an English club. They will be due compensation as the player is under 23 and an FA Tribunal will set the fee.