The Foot­ball League Pa­per says...

It’s time for Black­pool to rock again

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THE news that Black­pool have been put up for sale will have come as a huge re­lief to vir­tu­ally ev­ery­one who has some con­nec­tion with the fa­mous old club.

Cur­rent own­ers, the Oys­ton fam­ily, are de­spised by the vast ma­jor­ity of sup­port­ers, who be­lieve they have mis­man­aged the club in their time in charge.

While their one-sea­son stay in the Pre­mier League in 2010-11 un­der the man­age­ment of Ian Hol­loway was some­thing spe­cial, the club’s sorry de­cline to League Two in the fol­low­ing five years must have been hard to stom­ach.

Sup­port­ers held protests against the own­ers and the fi­nal match of the 2014-15 sea­son against Hud­der­s­field had to be aban­doned af­ter fans in­vaded the pitch and some at­tempted to break into the di­rec­tors’ box.

The sit­u­a­tion be­came so bad that many fans de­cided to boy­cott matches, even miss­ing out last sea­son when the Seasiders, un­der the as­tute lead­er­ship of boss Gary Bowyer, won pro­mo­tion to League One.

It seemed as though there would be no end to the tur­moil. How­ever, the Oystons’ loss in the High Court to for­mer pres­i­dent Va­leri Belokon (see p9) in the past week ap­pears to have tipped the scales.

Or­dered to buy him out for £31m, the Oystons have now put the club on the mar­ket.

Hope­fully, they will find a buyer, be­cause there is no way for them to turn the tide. It is far too late. They’ve had their era and now it’s the mo­ment for fresh blood.

It’s time for a once-proud club to find their heart and soul again, to be­come the heart­beat of their com­mu­nity. The Seasiders have been in the dol­drums for too long, the air has been poi­sonous with court bat­tles and le­gal wran­gles.

Fin­gers crossed, a buyer will emerge who wants to take Black­pool for­ward again – on and off the pitch.

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