Blackpool decline my fault – Oyston


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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston concedes it is his fault that the Tangerines are in decline as the club are facing a relegation battle from this season’s Championship.

Oyston’s Blackpool are currently 20th in the table, three points above the bottom three with five matches of the season remaining.

Just three seasons ago the Lancashire club were in the Premiership.

Supporters’ groups have been protesting about the Blackpool chairman for a number of months, most recently at Tuesday’s 1-3 home defeat to promotion chasing Derby.

They believe Oyston has invested a limited amount in Blackpool since their relegation from the top flight.

“I’m the head of the company and I’m the one to blame,” Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire.

“We’ve done what we can. All we can do is get the best from the players.

“We’re not planning for either eventuality. We’ll wait and see exactly how we finish before we put concrete plans in place, in certain areas anyway.”

Under Paul Ince, Blackpool were in the top 6 until the beginning of December, but then a 17 winless run led to Ince’s sacking with the Tangerines lying in 14th.

Barry Ferguson was appointed as his replacement but has failed to inspire Blackpool back into the top half, winning just two of his 15 games in charge.

Oyston was quick to shift the blame from Ferguson however.

“Barry’s tried to bring people in and improve us, and on the whole he’s done well with that.

“It’s counter-productive to make Barry the focus of people’s wrath. If they need someone to shout at, that person should be me. The fans have every right.

“They (the fans) pay their money every year and that gives them the right to have an opinion and express it.”

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