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Oyston not worried about critics

Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston
Karl Oyston has been Chairman of Blackpool FC since March 1999

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has said he will continue to make decisions in the club's best interests - even if it makes him unpopular with supporters.

Oyston had been criticised for raising season ticket prices but told BBC Radio Lancashire it does not worry him.

"The vast majority who are critical or offensive have never even met me so it's not as a person, it's as a role.

"The odd time anything good gets said I don't take that on board either - it does not bother me."

He added: "I don't know if it's just here or at every club, but I'm sure a lot of football chairman feel as though they're under siege and that everyone hates them.

"Whatever decision is made is minutely analysed and criticised.

"That's certainly the case here and it's been the case ever since I first arrived here when there were people marching around with coffins and banners slung from motorway bridges on the M55.

"You've got to laugh at it or else it may get you. It never gets to me, never has, never will, but you've also got to consider why people do behave like that."

We haven't got a magic wand we can just wave to become challengers to Manchester United.

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston

Oyston has been chairman since March 1999 after succeeding his mother Vicki Oyston.

Up to that point, he had been involved in running the rest of the Oyston family businesses including property management, farming interests and publishing.

"We've got to work hard to realise the fans aims and ambitions even though we may be hamstrung by finances or whatever else," he added.

"We haven't got a magic wand we can just wave to become challengers to Manchester United."

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