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Blackpool chairman throws in the towel

  • Guardian, Thursday, August 19, 2010 4:21 AM

Tiny Blackpool's 4-0 win at Wigan in its English Premier League debut couldn't mask the chaos at the club. Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston quit on Wednesday, four days after the Wigan game, saying he was disillusioned with the business side to the EPL, where his bid to put a ceiling on spending for players met with opposition from player agents.

"I've been very disappointed in the way that some agents have conducted themselves," Oyston said. "I'm not sure I've got the right approach for this division and the more I talk to people at other clubs, the more I realize I'm a lone voice."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had to scramble to sign players at the last minute for the opening game and expressed unhappiness with Oyston's unwillingness to change his parsimonious ways. Blackpool had the second smallest budget in the League Championship last season, and it had never spent more than a $1 million on a player transfer until Wednesday. Blackpool was forced to play at Wigan because work to expand 12,000-seat Bloomfield Road isn't finished.

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