Crisis at Blackpool

A general view of Blackpool's home ground Bloomfield Road on February 23, 2013

After securing Championship survival in the 2013-14 season by just two points, Blackpool endured one of the most torrid pre-seasons in recent times. Some 27 players left the club over the summer, leaving newly-appointed manager Jose Riga with a playing squad of just eight - and no goalkeeper - two weeks before the season began.

Five games into the campaign, the Seasiders have failed to pick up a single point and are rooted to the bottom of the table. Their troubles worsened in the September international break when manager Riga was accused of disappearing on an unauthorised one-week holiday.

Supporters of Blackpool protest against chairman Karl Oyston at the beginning of the second half during the Sky Bet Championship match between against Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road on October 3, 2014
Karl Oyston to end lawsuits against Blackpool supporters?
Minutes from a recent Blackpool fans' meeting suggest that owner Karl Oyston is prepared to "conclude all legal action" against certain supporters.
Sep 24, 10:32
Jose Riga the manager of Blackpool looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Blackpool and Watford at Bloomfield Road on September 16, 2014
Jose Riga: 'Troubled Karl Oyston relationship to blame for sacking'
Jose Riga declares that his time at Blackpool was doomed from the off due to a lack of money which came about as a result of bad communication with chairman Karl Oyston.
Nov 12, 07:58
Jose Riga, Manager of Blackpool looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Blackpool at The Den on August 30, 2014
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston wants Jose Riga stay
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston reveals that he now wants manager Jose Riga to remain at the club, following talks over the weekend.
Sep 16, 09:51
Costa Rica's midfielder Jose Cubero takes part in a training session at The Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte on June 23, 2014
Team News: Blackpool midfielder Jose Cubero still missing work permit
Beleaguered Blackpool, yet to draw or win a game this season, are missing Jose Cubero ahead of this afternoon's Championship clash at home to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Sep 13, 14:17
Jose Riga, Manager of Blackpool looks on ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Blackpool at The Den on August 30, 2014
Preview: Blackpool vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers
Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship meeting between struggling Blackpool and in-form Wolves.
Sep 11, 13:47
Manager Jose Riga of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at The Valley on March 12, 2014
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston blasts boss Jose Riga
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston says that he is "bemused" by the recent actions of manager Jose Riga, who returned to Belgium during the international break.
Sep 9, 11:27
Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle prior to kick-off against Doncaster on August 20, 2013
Report: Owen Coyle to replace Jose Riga at Blackpool
Blackpool are reportedly lining up Owen Coyle to replace Jose Riga as their manager following their poor start to the campaign.
Sep 8, 04:10
A general view of Blackpool's home ground Bloomfield Road on February 23, 2013
Karl Oyston responds to criticism from Jose Riga
Karl Oyston dismisses suggestions from Jose Riga that he could be doing more to bring players to Blackpool.
Aug 27, 19:40
Edu Oriol of Real Zaragoza in action during the La Liga match between RCD Espanyol and Real Zaragoza at Nuevo Estadio de Cornella-El Prat on August 25, 2012
Blackpool sign second Oriol twin
Edu Oriol, the twin brother of Blackpool left-back Joan Oriol, joins the Seasiders on a one-year deal.
Aug 18, 12:27
Manager Jose Riga of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at The Valley on March 12, 2014
Blackpool manager Jose Riga eyes 10 more signings
Blackpool manager Jose Riga reveals that he is eager to sign 10 more players before the end of the transfer window.
Aug 12, 15:16
Manager Jose Riga of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at The Valley on March 12, 2014
Jose Riga: 'My players did well under the circumstances'
Jose Riga admits that he "cannot feel happy" after seeing Blackpool lose 2-0 against Nottingham Forest earlier today, but feels that his players did well nevertheless.
Aug 9, 19:30
Elliot Parish of Bristol City thanks the travelling fans after the Sky Bet League One match between Port Vale and Bristol City at Vale Park on October 05, 2013
Blackpool sign Bristol City goalkeeper Elliot Parish
Bristol City goalkeeper Elliot Parish signs for Blackpool on a one-year deal with the option to extend to two.
Aug 8, 06:31
Nottingham Forest's Ishmael Miller in action against Watford on August 25, 2013
Blackpool sign Ishmael Miller
Former Nottingham Forest striker Ishmael Miller signs a 12-month contract with Championship outfit Blackpool.
Aug 6, 14:35
John Lundstram of Leyton Orient plays the ball watched by Michael Bostwick of Peterborough United during the Sky Bet League One Semi Final First Leg between Peterborough United and Leyton Orient at London Road Stadium on May 10, 2014
Everton youngster John Lundstram joins Blackpool on season-long loan
Blackpool confirm the signing of Everton youngster John Lundstram on a season-long loan.
Aug 6, 12:09
Joe Lewis of Cardiff City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Cardiff City at KC Stadium on September 14, 2013
Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Lewis completes Blackpool loan switch
Cardiff City goalkeeper Joe Lewis moves to Blackpool on a season-long loan.
Aug 5, 18:10
Joan Oriol of CA Osasuna looks on during the La Liga match between CA Osasuna and Villareal CF on August 31, 2013
Blackpool sign Joan Oriol from Osasuna
Blackpool sign Osasuna defender Joan Oriol on a one-year contract.
Aug 4, 10:57
A general view of Blackpool's home ground Bloomfield Road on February 23, 2013
Report: Faris Haroun turns down Blackpool return
Former Blackpool midfielder Faris Haroun reportedly turns down an offer to rejoin the Championship side.
Aug 3, 19:10
Sheffield United's Tony McMahon in action against Reading on January 24, 2013
Blackpool defender Tony McMahon: 'Pre-season has not been ideal'
Blackpool defender Tony McMahon admits that his side's pre-season has been far from ideal, having prepared for their opener with as few as eight first-team players for weeks.
Aug 2, 14:47
Donervon Daniels of West Bromwich Albion in action during the pre season friendly match between Rochdale and West Bromwich Albion at Spotland Stadium on July 26, 2011
Donervon Daniels joins Blackpool on loan
West Bromwich Albion defender Donervon Daniels joins Blackpool on a 28-day loan.
Aug 1, 17:39
Nathan Delfouneso and FA Chairman David Bernstein attend an England training with local school children on June 9, 2013
Nathan Delfouneso completes Blackpool move
Blackpool announce the signing of ex-Aston Villa forward Nathan Delfouneso on a free transfer.
Jul 29, 18:59
Huddersfield's Peter Clarke in action against Rotherham during a friendly match on July 20, 2013
Blackpool bring Peter Clarke back to Bloomfield Road
Blackpool make their third signing of the day by bringing defender Peter Clarke back to Bloomfield Road, taking their number of contracted professional players to 11.
Jul 28, 23:15
Barnsley's Tomasz Cywka during the npower Championship match between Barnsley and Blackpool at Oakwell Stadium on September 15, 2012
Tomasz Cywka agrees Blackpool move
Blackpool sign ex-Barnsley midfielder Tomasz Cywka on an initial one-year deal, pending a medical.
Jul 28, 17:52
Barnsley's Jacob Mellis in action against Bordeaux during a friendly match on July 25, 2013
Blackpool confirm Jacob Mellis arrival
Blackpool complete the signing of former Barnsley midfielder Jacob Mellis on a one-year deal, subject to a medical.
Jul 28, 16:50
A general view of Blackpool's home ground Bloomfield Road on February 23, 2013
Valeri Belokon "worried" by Blackpool's current situation
Blackpool's president Valeri Belokon admits that he is "feeling worried" by the current situation at the club, which has seen them reduced to just eight professional players.
Jul 26, 21:59
A general view of Blackpool's home ground Bloomfield Road on February 23, 2013
Karl Oyston optimistic Blackpool can compete in Championship
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is confident the club can build a competitive team for the start of the new season.
Jul 17, 04:34
Blackpool player Michael Chopra in action during the pre season friendly match between Blackpool and Newcastle United at Bloomfield Road on July 28, 2013
Michael Chopra hits out at Blackpool
Michael Chopra hits out at the way Blackpool is run following the club's cancelling of a pre-season tour due to lack of players.
Jul 16, 22:56
Manager Jose Riga of Charlton Athletic looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and Huddersfield Town at The Valley on March 12, 2014
Blackpool cancel pre-season tour to Spain
Championship side Blackpool cancel their pre-season tour to Spain so that they can focus on recruiting players to a squad that only has eight players and no goalkeeper.
Jul 15, 23:50

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