Blackpool chairman: ‘Recruitment isn’t easy’

Karl Oyston says that Blackpool are looking to secure up to ten new players.

Karl Oyston has promised that Blackpool are working to strengthen their squad, but said that it’s a long process.

Chairman Oyston and manager Ian Holloway are looking to reconstruct their squad in order to push the Tangerines back into the Premier League following last month’s relegation.

“We always assemble a squad each summer, we have done it for the 12 years I’ve been here,” Oyston told the Blackpool Gazzette.

“Anyone who thinks you have a week of making ten phone calls and ten players turn up and agree personal terms in five minutes, have a medical and sign is naive in the extreme. It doesn’t work like that.

“It’s more like a game of poker. The player asks for a certain amount of money and certain terms, and the agent tells you they’ve been offered certain amounts of money and certain terms, which sometimes is a big fib.”

Oyston commented that he hopes the squad, containing up to ten new members, would boast “better players than we have ever [approached] before”.

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