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Blackpool F.C.: Riga's Revolution

Started on 29 January 2015 by Jer
Latest Reply on 14 February 2015 by patrick1
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I'm Back

So, after a 6 month sabbatical, which has seen me return to FMScout, it's time to delve myself into a story. First of all, I'd like to thank all the stories that inspired me to return into writing, starting off with Walter, Josh_MU, PompeyBlue and Neal. All these stories are a class apart and hopefully I can be of a touching distance of them in the near future. Well, let's start this sh*t!

Why Blackpool?

I've decided to go with Blackpool, a team that remarkably had a great first half of a debut season in the Premier League, only to get relegated. Following seasons have not gone to plan, with multiple managers getting fired, and results dipping. Not only have Blackpool gone to the lower depths of Championship football, their chairman, Karl Oyston, has fallen out with fans and perhaps even players at the club.

Who Is The Manager?

The manager is a man whom I have major respect, Jose Riga. The Belgium manager left a promoted Charlton to join a Blackpool that dropped from 5th place to a surprising 20th in a period of three years in the Championship. The manager has over 20 years of experience as a manager, which hopefully bring him success in a turmoil of a situation.


Get promoted to the Premier League.
Build a team of home-grown players
Achieve safety in the Championship.
Sign none other than fan favourite Charlie Adam in a player or staff capacity.
Win all trophies by 2025
Get rid of Oyston in the near future.
Build a new stadium.
Clear Blackpool's debt, and take them from 'Insecure' to 'Rich'.

Cannot wait for this Pauks, pls lead my Blackpool to safety and beyond :D
Time for Nile Ranger to f**k shit up!
Good luck Pauks! ;)
@Walter: I have a tough task ahead of me, but thank you :)

@Josh: :/

@Aaron: :/

@Feliks: Let's hope so, his stats are not very appeasing either ;)

@Pompey: Thanks man!

Riga joins Blackpool

Today, a proud Karl Oyston stood next to his new addition at the club, Jose Riga. The Belgium manager, with over 20 years of experience under his belt, was handed the reins to a Blackpool who only have 6 professional players in their squad. Karl Oyston, smiling from ear to ear said this in a press-conference, conducted by Sky Sports.

"Blackpool fans will have something fond to look forward, as the board, along with myself believe that Jose [Riga] can be the catalyst arrival that can see us rise through and get us back to where this club truly belongs, the Premier League. Not only has Riga have the experience of working in a tight budget, he has previously worked under the prospects of players coming through the youth ranks, something he achieved at A.C. Milan."

Jose Riga on the pitch of Bloomfield Road as he shows the Blackpool home shirt for the season.

Fans reacted in a positive fashion towards Riga's arrival, but were disappointed on how Karl Oyston conducted his answers. Read the following statements below.

"Oyston is an idiot of a person, and I feel really sorry for anyone that has to stick up with him. I honestly believe that Riga is a wonderful coach and I thank him for coming to Blackpool, but it is not a problem with the players, it's Oyston. Unless Oyston is out, we might find ourselves playing in the Vanarama."

"Fucking Oyston is a rentboy."

"Look back at the video's of Riga's conference, you can look at his face and see that puppy face look when you know you got yourself into trouble. In no way did Oyston back him up, but practically told him that he has to work through the youth ranks and on a tight budget. This is ridiculous!"

"Oyston practically gave Riga what he had to do and flashed his CV around as if Riga was Carlo Ancelotti."

Valeri Belokon was in a positive mood following the news of Riga's appointment, and took social media to voice his satisfaction.

More to follow..
Yeah Oyston can f**k off, but this is Jose Riga's tangerine army!
Fucking Oyston is a rentboy.

Nuff' said really.
Oyston is a good lad...

Good luck! :D
@Walter: José's army, fk yeah!

@Josh_MU: Yes, he truly is.

@Feliks: In what world, mate?

@Glenn: Thanks, I'll need it.

Done Deal: Oriol twins join Tangerines

An elated José Riga presented his first two signings at the club, Joan and Edu Oriol on free transfers. Joan, whose last club was Osasuna in the past year, has signed a 1 year contract, that will see him earn a measle £3.500 per week during his stay at the club. It is believed that Blackpool, who are clear relegation candidates, beat a host of clubs to Joan's signing, including Championship rivals Reading. Meanwhile, Joan's twin brother, Edu has joined from Cypriot side AEL Limassol, and will earn £2.500 per week.

Joan Oriol being presented at Bloomfield Road.

José Riga gave his input in the signings in the statement below.

"The first few training sessions have been hard, considering that we had only 6 players under contract. The staff have been working very hard to secure these two signings, in which both will play a key role throughout the season. Both players will start training as of tomorrow, and we're looking to find the team's spine and balance at the moment and I fully believe these two signings can help us do exactly that."

Both players have played at the highest level of Spanish football, with Joan Oriol playing an exact 50 matches with Villareal, prior to moving to Osasuna, where he made 11 appearances. This will be the first time he will play away from the warm shores of Spain in his career. In the other hand, Edu Oriol has had the privilege of playing in three different countries, including the exotic countries of Azerbaijan and Cyprus.

Edu Oriol holding the shirt that he will be wearing for the season.

The club have also confirmed that midfielder David Perkins, who joined back in January from Barnsley on a free transfer, has left the club for an undisclosed fee. The midfielder will join Darco Milanic at Leeds United as of today.

Perkins Blackpool career was short-lived as he only wore the club colors for 6 months.
The question is - which one is which ;)

A nice update Pauks, surprised Oyscum let Riga do these deals!

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