Jose Riga is ready to end his silence over his time by the seaside with a question and answer with Blackpool Supporters Trust. This could make for interesting viewing due to the tempestuous relationship between the former Blackpool manager and Chairman Karl Oyston.
Riga’s time at Blackpool
Riga was a popular figure at Blackpool, even if results did not go their way this season, because he was seen as a leader who did not want to be oppressed by his superiors and tried to do things his own way.
Riga was not willing to let Oyston dictate his decisions surrounding the club. The relationship between Riga and Oyston left the Belgian in limbo on several occasions as it was rumoured he had left the club, that he held crisis talks with the chairman, and that Oyston even interviewed former Burton Albion manager Gary Rowett, whilst Riga was still at the helm.
Meeting with Riga
The question and answer has been set up by BST chairman Tim Fielding, who managed to get in touch with Riga’s agent via social media site Twitter. Fielding told the Blackpool Gazette: “A lot of Jose’s time at the club was shrouded in secrecy, so it will be interesting to hear his side of the story.
"A lot of Jose’s time at the club was shrouded in secrecy, so it will be interesting to hear his side of the story"
“We’ve heard plenty from Karl Oyston on the matter, so it will be good to get a balance.”
The fans have been told to keep the time and location a secret, but the Blackpool Gazette speculate it will take place in the next 24 hours.
Blackpool fans will want to hear the side of Riga with all the drama that took place during his time at Blackpool, which would be more at home at the Blackpool Grand Theatre. The fans had backed Riga as he faced what can only be described as an impossible task for even the greatest of managers.
Blackpool fans will also be intrigued by the claims of Riga that apart from the Costa Rican Cubero, and the Estonian Zenjov, none of the players signed were his targets.
Blackpool fans may dislike Oyston (yes, a major understatement) but they will want to hear a balanced argument of what is happening at their club and see if what Riga says matches what Oyston has said. The cliché is back, Blackpool football club are having a roller coaster season.