The Football League Paper - - INSIDE - By Sam El­liott

BLACK­POOL legend Brett Ormerod says there is no way the club’s play­ers can­not have been dis­tracted by the Seasiders’ sham­bolic sum­mer.

The Cham­pi­onship club were forced to can­cel most of their pre­sea­son and at one point only had eight per­ma­nent play­ers.

A spat be­tween chair­man Karl Oys­ton and man­ager Jose Riga saw Black­pool sound out pos­si­ble re­place­ments a fort­night ago but the Bel­gian re­mains – and Ormerod said his ex­pe­ri­ence in keep­ing clubs in the sec­ond tier is what is re­quired.

The for­ward, fa­mously the only man to have scored in all four di­vi­sions for Black­pool, said: “There’s a lot of spec­u­la­tion the chair­man and the man­ager don’t get on and it’s such a shame – as usual it’s the play­ers and the sup­port­ers that are re­ally suf­fer­ing.

“I hope they are patch­ing things up, the last I heard is that ef­forts are be­ing made to get things back on track and fin­gers crossed that’s the case. It’s one of those where if a decision has to be made, then the sooner the bet­ter. The si­lence isn’t help­ing any­one re­ally.

“They need to start get­ting the re­sults and climb­ing the league. Jose Riga is very well re­spected in the game and helped keep Charl­ton in this league last year, re­mem­ber – he knows how to do it but the whole sit­u­a­tion there since the sum­mer is not a good one to watch.

“For any Black­pool fan it’s a bit of a cir­cus. From a play­ers’ point of view you try to get on with your job and not let what’s go­ing on dis­tract you but it’s not pos­si­ble. Pre-sea­son was non-ex­is­tent, it was so sad watch­ing it un­fold.


“There’s no way you can ig­nore the is­sues, they were so pub­lic, and it has af­fected them and their per­for­mance has suf­fered. You only have to look at the league ta­ble.”

Ormerod, right, who turns 38 in Oc­to­ber, last week de­cided to re­turn to the game hav­ing not played for six months. His re­lease by Wrex­ham back in April saw him go on trial at Ac­cring­ton – but after James Beat­tie’s de­par­ture a fort­night ago a deal didn’t ma­te­ri­alise.

Sign­ing for Evo-Stik Di­vi­sion One North side Padi­ham in the eighth level of English foot­ball in­stead, he hinted that coach­ing or man­age­ment may be a con­sid­er­a­tion in the fu­ture. “I have three kids and none of them lis­ten to me, what chance have I got man­ag­ing or coach­ing a foot­ball team!” he joked.

“I won’t rule any­thing out but my only real thought at the mo­ment is play­ing.

“It is hard work at my age and I’m not as quick as I used to be. But you’re a long time re­tired.

“When Beatts left Ac­cring­ton I did con­sider call­ing it a day but after think­ing about it I felt I had more to give to foot­ball.”

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