BBC Sport football

IN ASSOCIATION WITH

Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 19:04 GMT, Friday, 6 August 2010 20:04 UK

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston offers to step aside

Ian Holloway
Holloway will oversee Blackpool's first ever Premier League campaign

Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has revealed to BBC North West Tonight he would consider leaving the role if it benefited the club.

Oyston has offered to step aside to let someone else deal with the club's attempts to bring in new signings.

He said: "I've spoken to the board and said 'if you think I've got the wrong approach, then maybe it's time for someone to come in and do my job'.

"But they've not taken me up on my offer just yet."

Blackpool have so far failed to add to their squad following May's Championship play-off final success over Cardiff at Wembley, despite being linked with numerous signings, including Swansea defender Angel Rangel and striker Rob Hulse from Derby.

Sometimes, I think ambition goes out of the window in favour of personal financial gain or length of deal.

Karl Oyston

The Seasiders received a £90m boost following their first return to the top-flight since 1971.

However, Oyston is renowned for his tough stance on transfer dealings and is adamant the club will not be held to ransom for over-inflated transfer fees and wages.

"Because of the perception that we've got so much money, it's difficult to manage people's expectations," he said.

"It was probably more difficult in the Championship when the wage demands were such that it was hand-to-mouth.

"When people look at salaries all they do is look at the mad world of the Premier League and think we'll enter that arms race and just give players what they like.

"The big issue is that they've got to accept us for what we are and the way we do things.

"I don't blame anyone for asking for high salaries but I think people have also got to be realistic.

"It's been an eye-opener for us when we're told by agents that their client wants to play in the Premier League, then they'll go off and sign for a Championship club, but on more money.

"Sometimes, I think ambition goes out of the window in favour of personal financial gain or length of deal.

"I don't blame them for that but I don't think they should be quite so glib when they trot the line out that they're ambitious because it's not always about that."

Blackpool kick off the new Premier League season at Wigan's DW Stadium on Saturday 14 August.



Print Sponsor


BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.