As if the all the upheaval of the playing squad this summer wasn’t enough, with new manager José Riga struggling to build a squad to prepare for a challenging Championship season, the boat has been rocked further at Bloomfield Road with unrest between the club’s directors. It’s a storm that has been brewing for quite some time, but has intensified in the course of the past few days.
Saturday 21st June sees the deadline for the early bird season ticket pricing come and go. At £195.30 for an adult ticket for Championship football, it seems like an absolute steal. However, despite the rock bottom prices, sales are reportedly sluggish at best. With only around 4,000 season tickets sold at the time of writing, the club currently look like losing a large percentage of the 10,000+ season ticket holders from the past few seasons.
The ink is finally dry and after an interminable delay, Blackpool have a permanent manager after going 141 days without. Karl Oyston’s defence will, and indeed has been, that the choice is more important than the speed at which the appointment is made, but it … Continue reading The challenge facing José Riga
With just five games of the season remaining, relegation to League One is becoming an ever more distinct possibility. Regardless of the eventual outcome this season however, the club is facing a difficult task in retaining supporters with the likelihood being a sharp drop off in season ticket sales. No information has yet been released by the club relating to pricing or deadlines, but here are a few suggestions the club might wish to consider to avoid losing a significant number of fans…
Following the release of Zabaxe’s accounts last week, it was the turn of the Blackpool FC group of companies to lodge their financials for the 2012/13 season. As with the 2011/12 accounts, there is nothing nearly as shocking as the £11m director remuneration awarded to Owen Oyston (via Zabaxe), but the most recent documents still contain a story worth telling.
The name Zabaxe is a familiar one to most Blackpool fans, synonymous as it is with the £11m director remuneration paid to Owen Oyston back in 2010/11. As a quick refresher, it was Zabaxe Limited who were the recipient of this unprecedent director salary straight out of the Premier League TV money, with the claim being it was for tax planning purposes.
Barry Ferguson is currently performing a role at Blackpool that is the equivalent of a manager, just without the formalities being tidied up. It’s likely that should he want the job on a permanent basis then the job may be his. Ferguson has made no secret … Continue reading Understanding Barry Ferguson