Riga needs time at Blackpool

Blackpool manager Jose Riga
Blackpool manager Jose Riga

Karl Oyston has pleaded with Blackpool supporters to give new manager Jose Riga “time to get it right”.

The Pool chairman has stressed Riga’s arrival signals a complete change of direction for the club, and he appealed for patience if the Belgian does not enjoy instant success.

Oyston told The Gazette: “It’s going to be a fresh approach and one which is totally different than we’ve ever had before.

“If it goes well straight away, then great; but if it doesn’t, I hope the fans give the new manager and players time to get things right.”

Pool may have appointed their first overseas boss but Oyston sees certain similarities to the time Simon Grayson took charge back in 2005.

“If you look back, Simon said, ‘Judge me after 10 games.’ I think we were second-bottom, but the signs were there that things were going to change and we ended up getting promoted. So I hope the fans give Jose the time.”

And Oyston stressed the key role played by the supporters, adding: “ It’s important what the fans think. They are the club.

“If results don’t go well I’m sure I’ll get it in the neck for appointing the wrong person.

“But I hope the fans buy into the way things are going to be done here now.”