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Ahead of Reading game Blackpool Chairman keeps low profile as club relegated

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Karl Oyston, Blackpool's Chairman and joint owner has kept his own council following the club's relegation to League 1.

That outcome, which has been on the cards for some weeks, was confirmed without the Tangerines kicking a ball when Rotherham won on Easter Monday. Manager Lee Clarke will have to pick his side up for the visit of Reading despite having nothing left to play for but pride. It is testimony to how badly Pool have done this term that they face the drop with six matches left to be played and have gathered just four points from the last 30.

Oyston, already facing an FA charge of misconduct over an exchange of texts with a fan, has steadfastly refused all media requests for an interview despite the relegation.

There is speculation that Lee Clarke's future at the club may be in question - although the former Birmingham and Huddersfield boss can hardly be blamed for the mess he inherited from former boss, Jose Riga.

Blackpool were doomed almost from the off when hardly had enough players to face Nottingham Forest on the opening day. A hefty defeat on that sunny day in August was a sign of things to come.

It seems incredible that it is only five years ago that Pool were tasting play-off glory  against Cardiff City at Wembley and won promotion to the Premier League.

LK

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