... BUT SADLY BLACK­POOL COULD BE NEW POM­PEY

The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO -

NEW sea­son, same old Black­pool. Ev­ery time you pick up a pa­per, it’s another load of bad news.

Last sea­son ended with a pitch in­va­sion at Bloom­field Road in protest at chair­man Karl Oys­ton, forc­ing the aban­don­ment of their game against Hud­der­s­field and re­sult­ing in a sus­pended three-point de­duc­tion for the com­ing cam­paign.

Since then, one pre-sea­son friendly has been aban­doned due to crowd trou­ble and another can­celled al­to­gether.

The fans still want the chair­man out.The chair­man knows his time is up but still isn’t budg­ing. Noth­ing has changed since last sea­son’s piti­ful rel­e­ga­tion from the Cham­pi­onship and as long as Oys­ton is there, it’s go­ing to go from bad to worse.

The fans are ei­ther go­ing to stop go­ing at all or turn up and riot. I feel sorry for them be­cause it’s a real Catch-22 sit­u­a­tion. They des­per­ately want Oys­ton out but all the time that they’re in­ter­rupt­ing games, the club is be­ing pun­ished. Ba­si­cally, ev­ery­body loses. I can’t help but feel for the play­ers too. They must be go­ing to games not even know­ing whether they’ll even fin­ish 90 min­utes or not. Can you imag­ine what that does to morale?

And don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the per­sonal cost. Peo­ple seem to think that foot­ballers in League One and Two earn mil­lions and mil­lions of pounds but they don’t. Another rel­e­ga­tion could have a big im­pact on their lives.

Sadly, that’s what is on the hori­zon. It’s been a dis­as­ter since they came out of the Premier and I can see them do­ing a Portsmouth and go­ing all the way through.

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