DE­FI­ANT OYS­TON GOES ON AT­TACK

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

BLACK­POOL chair­man Karl Oys­ton has made a staunch de­fence of his run­ning of the club – bran­dish­ing protest­ing fans as naive and child­ish.

Oys­ton has been chair­man of Black­pool since 1999 but re­cent years have seen the club slip from the Premier League to League Two.

The 48-year-old has come un­der fire for his run­ning of the club, but Oys­ton has hit out at the protesters.

“I have taken plenty of wrong turns and I’ll be the first to ad­mit that,” he said. “I have been here for over 20 years and we have had good times and some bad times more re­cently.

“I think it’s very much in vogue for some peo­ple, and let’s not over-egg the pud­ding, there’s nor­mally a hand­ful – half a dozen or so – out­side the ground on match day wav­ing a ban­ner around.

“They are peo­ple with no al­ter­na­tives, noth­ing to of­fer and just want to crit­i­cise, de­ride and abuse the proper fans that come into the ground.

“Their num­bers are dwin­dling, the in­ter­est is dwin­dling and they’re a busted flush. They have noth­ing to of­fer and you can only go on for so long trot­ting out the same tired rhetoric be­fore they get bored of it.

“We run the club and yet they naively, per­haps child­ishly, think we should be driven away.”

CRIT­ICS: Karl Oys­ton

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