Wanted: New Owner
By Editor
Wednesday 23 Jan 2019 19:42:00
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Wanted: New Football Club Owner. Must have morals, money, patience and ambition. Will need to be community orientated, have pride in the town and the football club, not inclined to sue fans or make off with any financial windfall that comes from owning the club. Will hopefully work with a current shareholder to bring the fans and glory days back to an ailing club. Needs to restore a neglected ground, build a training centre fit for purpose and give the Groundsman money to restore a much maligned pitch. Will also be required to throw out an unwanted guest from the Penthouse of the hotel and remove any trace of the name Oyston. Should be available to take over immediately although expect long protracted negotiations for the purchase of the club. Charlatans, speculators and anyone with the title 'King of Marbella' need not apply.

We're not asking for much are we? If all the recent speculation over a possible takeover has shown one thing, it's that our fans all have different ideas as to who should be the next owner. For anyone 30 or under, they'll have never known anything other than an Oyston in charge at Bloomfield Road and the angst and anger that has come with that. Therefore, whoever comes in next, whilst not having much to live up to, has to be the right fit for the club. Whilst there are some fans who will be ABO (anyone but Oyston), others have their own ideas about who will make good owners. Certain names have already got the thumbs down for their previous track records, others don't hit the mark because of the lack of financial clout they can bring to the club, whilst anyone with an Oyston connection, even if it's just shaking hands with the dirty old scoundrel, are instantly dismissed. Getting rid of Oyston remains the priority, and also the biggest stumbling block, but clubs throughout the land have proved it's very easy to jump out of the frying pan and in to the fire (Bolton and Northampton the most recent examples).

So what do Blackpool fans want? A general consensus seems to be someone who will work with Belokon. His main aim remains to get his money back and he seems to have implied of late that is his key concern, whilst remaining open to the idea of working with a businessman to take over the club further down the line. There also seems to be a cynicism about those who've been involved in previous consortiums and takeovers, however that would seem to be from where any interest has come from so far. The real test remains what interest will be shown once Owen's grubby mitts have been prised off the club. It's the question that has never really been answered, what interest will there be if Blackpool FC is put up for sale. It might surprise, it might disappoint but it's a scenario most fans can only hope for.

On the day that David Beckham became a 10% shareholder in Salford City, such an eventuality seems unlikely at Blackpool (although imagine a consortium of Evatt, Southern, Adam, Vaughan, Taylor-Fletcher and Ormerod). When the walls come crashing around Owen Oyston, you get the feeling that in the end it will be quick and brutal, but who will be there to pick up the pieces and rebuild the club remains a much debated mystery.

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