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Championship: Blackpool forced to cancel US tour to concetrate on adding to squad

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Championship side Blackpool have cancelled a pre-season trip to America, in order to concentrate on adding to their thread bare squad.

The Tangerines finished only two points above the relegation zone in the Championship last season, and have since parted ways with 27 senior players, including the highly sought after Tom Ince.

That has left them with only eight available first team players, and as of yet have no goalkeeper.

The side were due to face La Liga side Granada on Saturday, 26 July, before taking on Murcia-based outfit FC Cartagena two days later, but new manager Jose Riga has decided to cancel the trip.

Riga was appointed in June on a one year rolling deal, but there have already been rumours that he may be ready to quit the club over lack of transfer activity.

Speaking on the club's official website, club Chairman Karl Oyston said, "The manager has taken the decision - and I agree with the decision - to cancel the pre-season tour so that our time is better served to try and get some of the player deals that we've been trying to get over the line for some time across the line."

"Our time will be far better spent preparing here than going over to Spain."

"I've spoken with the chairman of the supporters' association, as I do with most things, about the decision because certain people no doubt booked to go across and follow the two games. We'll look to fairly deal with that issue."


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