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Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston gives rare interview

 

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Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston is not one to proffer his thoughts to he local media. In something of an about face the he gave BBC Radio Lancashire a rare interview.

A number of Pool supporters have protested at the way Oyston and his father Owen, who is Blackpool's owner, have run the club in recent seasons.

They rejected Blackpool Supporters' Trust bid to buy the club in October, plus another from an unnamed party.

 "At the moment there is no appetite to sell, there is no appetite to leave," Oyston, 47, told Radio Lancs.

"There is a massive appetite to deal with the problems we've got on and off the pitch.

"The 'on the pitch' ones are hopefully well on the way to repair and stability. The off-field problems, in some cases, may be repairable. In some cases, they may not."

Blackpool, who were in the Premier League as recently as 2010-11, were relegated from the Championship last season and are currently 18th in League One, four points above the relegation zone.

More than 2,000 people protested before their final home game of last season against Huddersfield, with a pitch invasion later causing that match to be abandoned.

It was a continuation of a fractious relationship that has developed, with Oyston banned from all football activity for six weeks and fined £40,000 for sending abusive texts to a fan last summer.

Then in November, Owen and Karl Oyston each won £20,000 in damages after they were defamed by fan David Ragozzino on a website.

Karl Oyston added: "I think I've made some pretty poor decisions and bad mistakes, not only related to the football but off the field, but it's well documented that I paid the price.

"I was more than happy to apologise for my responses to a supporter via text.

"It's taken a long time, probably a lot longer than I would've thought, and some of the damage will never be fully repaired."

However, Oyston has offered a number of supporters' groups the chance to meet him on 10 March in a bid to improve relationships between the boardroom and the fans.

"Each and every party will get the chance to deal with their agenda points, ask questions, answer questions and discuss things," he said.

"I've got particularly hostile feelings towards one or two individuals that I think have gone way above and beyond anything that's reasonable, but I think it does no harm for any of us to sit down, go through that and where the other side is coming from."

KJ

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