Oyston's Good, Bad and Ugly (sorry Ollie!)
Saturday, 16th May 2015 17:10 by Editor
This weekend the chances are that Karl Oyston is staring at some very bemused, startled and shocked faces. The reason? It's believed that this weekend he is interviewing for the next recipient of the Poisoned Chalice. The job that everyone is aware of, but seemingly few are throwing their hat in to the ring for. Of course if Ian Holloway has applied you'd think it was all over bar the shouting and we would now know who the next 'in the lion's den' is. But can we have any confidence in Karl's decision making?
Well it would appear that the longer he has remained at the club the less successful he has got. Even in the early days of his Chairmanship, there was a belief that there was a structure to the club, a meeting of minds (one or two of them with football knowledge) and a process whereas by how we chose our next manager. Nowadays it seems that Karl is on a one man mission and that includes choosing the poor bugger who has to work alongside him. To show how his decisions have deteriorated over the years here's a list of the Blackpool managers that he's worked under and their points to game ratio.
Simon Grayson 47%
Colin Hendry 41%
Nigel Worthington 41%
Tony Parkes 39%
Ian Holloway 38%
Michael Appleton 36%
Paul Ince 36%
Steve Thompson 33%
Barry Ferguson 23%
Lee Clark 20%
Jose Riga 13%
So Steve McMahon - Oyston's first appointment - leads the way helped by promotions and cup success during his time at Bloomfield Road. Simon Grayon is just behind him. Maybe it's surprising to see 3rd and 4th in that list are Colin Hendry and Nigel Worthington who many say produced the worst football we've seen in a long time (well aside from last season). The name most would have expected to see at the top of the list Ian Holloway is of course heavily weighted by the Premier League season but still picks up a creditable 38%.
However, look at the last 3 appointments. None of them got anywhere near over 30% and despite Paul Ince not being to everyone's taste even he scored well in the results. What the table shows is how bad Karl's appointments have been of late and how this appointment is such a crucial one for the club. Do you trust him to make the right decision? Time will tell.
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