The Football League Paper says...
It’s time for Blackpool to rock again
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.