Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

Oyston: We Are The Benchmark

Oyston: We Are The Benchmark

For years when we were climbing up through the leagues, several clubs were presented to us as great examples of the way that our own club should be run. Plymouth. Colchester. Etc.

However, now that the 'Pool have eclipsed all of those by reaching the Premier League, chairman Karl Oyston is saying that the Seasiders are the club that others should be modelling themselves on... and no, he doesn't mean that every club should have a Gene Kelly!

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Oyston said:

'I'm not in the business of proving people wrong, even if that is what has happened.

'I certainly hope other clubs see this model and run their businesses the same way because it shows everything is possible if you do things right.

'There are a lot of things we do that are different to other football clubs in contracts and the way we approach things - paying our players less in the summer being one of them.

'But it has been the bedrock for our rise from League Two nine years ago to the Premier League today.

'We've done that and developed the ground along the way without risking the future of the club, and I think the sooner a lot of people in football wake up to the fact that it is a way to make progress, the better.

'The model a lot of football clubs have is just not sustainable. You can't carry debt and risk the club.

'Clubs aren't ours to risk and it amazes me that people are so cavalier with them.'

As much as people dislike the Oystons, credit must be given to them for ensuring that the club didn't hit the financial wall like so many others.

However, there is little doubt that we would not be preparing for a season in the top flight if it were not for the investment from our Latvian president Valery Belokon.

Despite that, our wage bill still only totals £4.8 million per year (or did prior to promotion) - smaller than some League One clubs! And if one stat proves that it's not how much you have to spend but how you spend it, then it's that.

I just hope that we don't go the way of the other examples we've modelled ourselves on in recent years... thankfully, with £90 million in our back pockets we should be well set for a bright future.

Win FREE pizza with Vital Football!
Select your team and get 50% off if they score twice.
www.papajohns.co.uk/football



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Friday June 4 2010
Time: 10:26AM

Best of Vital Network

Comments

0
You lucky, LUCKY people! All the best from a fan of the 'model' club that got left behind. Chris (in Plymouth).
sebanelli
04/06/2010 10:55:00
0
There's no doubt that fortune has smiled on Blackpool (re. Olly and the chairman) but if the club has been doing certain things in certain ways for a considerable amount of time then it's hard to deny that they would have also had a considerable impact. Well done... you gits. Paul, Plymouth.
Paul Hu
04/06/2010 11:32:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Stats: Blackpool v Wigan

All the stats from Blackpool (0) vs (4) Wigan, Bloomfield Road, 30/4/16 Att: 9,226

Vital Pre-Match - Blackpool v Wigan

A draw with Fleetwood was better for them than it was Blackpool as it leaves us with a major battle to avoid relegation. Title chasing Wigan visit this time.

Match Day Officials v Wigan (30/4/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Wigan Athletic this weekend.

Audio - Norris Looking For Wigan Upset

David Norris has been speaking ahead of this weekend's game against Wigan Athletic.

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from
As featured on NewsNow: Real Madrid news
Real Madrid News 24/7  

Site Journalists

Write for Vital Blackpool
Write For Vital Blackpool
Apply Here

Current Poll (see more polls)

Wigan MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Doyle0%
White0%
Aldred0%
Robertson0%
Higham0%
Philliskirk0%
Potts0%
Smith0%
McAlister50%
Cullen0%
Redshaw0%
Sub - Blyth0%
Sub - Paterson50%
Sub - Ikpeazu0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Wigan 44 23 15 6 84 36
2 Burton 44 24 9 11 81 19
3 Walsall 44 22 12 10 78 15
4 Millwall 44 22 9 13 75 20
5 Bradford 44 21 11 12 74 12
6 Barnsley 44 21 7 16 70 13
7 Gillingham 44 19 12 13 69 17
8 Scunthorpe 44 19 11 14 68 10
9 Sheff Utd 44 18 12 14 66 9
10 Rochdale 44 18 11 15 65 6
11 Port Vale 44 18 11 15 65 4
12 Coventry 44 17 12 15 63 14
13 Southend 44 16 11 17 59 -4
14 Peterborough 44 17 6 21 57 4
15 Bury 44 15 12 17 57 -15
16 Swindon 44 15 10 19 55 -10
17 Oldham 44 12 18 14 54 -9
18 Chesterfield 44 14 8 22 50 -13
19 Shrewsbury 44 13 11 20 50 -17
20 Fleetwood 44 11 15 18 48 -4
21 Blackpool 44 12 10 22 46 -15
22 Doncaster 44 11 12 21 45 -14
R Colchester 44 9 12 23 39 -41
R Crewe 44 6 13 25 31 -37
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Apr 30 2016 12:30PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
May 8 2016 12:30PM : Peterborough United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.SeasideEssexXile489
2.Layton_Seasider198
3.Bear1951178
4.premier 1162
5.BobHatton89
6.Hastings72
7.Albert Ramsbottom67
8.bfcpete67
9.whitey194250
10.pickering_hat_trick26