The Football League Paper - - MARK CLEMMIT -

I THINK it’s fair to say that Karl Oys­ton isn’t ev­ery Black­pool fans’ cup of tea and there’s ev­ery chance I may not be ei­ther once they read that I have a quiet re­spect for some of his prin­ci­ples.

It’s just that after stick­ing to so many of them so stub­bornly, a run of three League wins in 36 or 16 points from a last pos­si­ble 108 be­fore yes­ter­day’s draw at The Amex, is send­ing his club on a down­wards tra­jec­tory back to League One. I spent some time with him on Thurs­day, film­ing for BBC One’s Foot­ball Fo­cus, after a pe­riod when so many as­pects of his club’s in­ner work­ings have been laid so bare.

Almost as soon as Jose Riga was ap­pointed in June, he and his chair­man were squab­bling, first re­gard­ing back room staff and then a list of trans­fer tar­gets that Oys­ton main­tains Riga him­self was stub­bornly stick­ing to pur­su­ing.

A list of trans­fer tar­gets that Oys­ton says in­volved a web of over­seas pay­ments that he would never in a mil­lion years sanc­tion.

Cue just eight regis­tered play­ers and with­out a goal­keeper three weeks be­fore the start of the sea­son – and the head­lines that have dogged the club as a re­sult.

As for the po­ten­tial re­cruit­ment of Owen Coyle and Gary Rowett as Riga’s re­place­ment with the Bel­gian ap­par­ently obliv­i­ous to de­vel­op­ments – Oys­ton has no re­grets and be­lieved it pru­dent prac­tice as he thought his man­ager was so dis­af­fected (the pair didn’t talk for a fort­night) he would leave any­way.

Ac­cu­sa­tions of where Black­pool’s Premier League wind­fall cur­rently re­sides will al­ways cloud the judge­ment of any Black­pool sup­porter on the The Oys­ton fam­ily.

But al­ways re­mem­ber – there are two sides to ev­ery story.

ON THE UP: Karl Oys­ton watches DJ Camp­bell lift the Cham­pi­onship play-off trophy in 2010

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