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Championship: Blackpool appoint former Charlton manager Jose Riga as new boss

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Championship side Blackpool have appointed Jose Riga as their manager.

The 56-year-old Belgian, previously part of the youth set up at A.C Milan, has signed a one year rolling contract with the Tangerines.

Riga was brought in by Charlton last season to replace Chris Powell for the final stages of the campaign. He won 7 of is 16 games in charge, leading the London side to safety despite being bottom of the league when he took over.

Despite his success he was not offered the job on a permanent basis.

For Blackpool, it will be their fourth manager since Ian Holloway left the club in  November 2012. His replacement, Michael Appleton, was only at the club for three months before departing to manage Blackburn the following January.

Paul Ince, whose son Tom has been a prized asset at the club, was brought in as Appleton's replacement.

He steadied he ship for the remainder of the season, and started last year's campaign well, with his side at the top of the Championship table. However, his side's run of 17 games without a win after that saw them sliding alarmingly towards relegation, and Ince was sacked in January after 11 months in charge.

Barry Ferguson stood in as interim player-manager of the Seasiders, who managed narrowly to avoid the drop.

Ferguson was unable to significantly improve the team's results, winning just three of his 20 matches in charge, and was one of 17 out-of-contract players allowed to leave the club at the end of the season.

 

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