Blackpool were/are yet another club blighted by an owner who more than created a divide between himself and the fans – and that is a massive understatement.
Under the stewardship of the Oyston family, the relationship between the fans, the lifeblood of the club, was beyond repair and worsening. Protests were organised at the way that the club’s owner was running the club. The vehement nature of these testament to how strongly the fanbase felt toward the hierarchy at Bloomfield Road.
It was only eight years ago, almost to the day, in 2010, that the Tangerines made it to the Premier League – defeating Cardiff City 3-2 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley. Relegation followed at the end of that campaign, and the Seasiders suffered further relegations in 2015 and 2016 to find themselves in League Two – the bottom tier of English professional football.
Last May, Blackpool bounced back to League One at the first time of asking, ending the 2017/18 campaign in a creditable mid-table 12th position. It was during last season, on November 10th, that the Oyston’s put the club up for sale – much to the delight of the club’s beleaguered supporters.
News is emerging, via Mail Online, that a consortium from Singapore, called vSport, is showing interest in purchasing a foothold in English football and are thought to be in talks with the Oyston family at taking over Blackpool FC and its associated property company.
vSport was founded by cryptocurrency platform entrepreneur Qiang Bai and former Real Madrid superstar and Galactico Wesley Sneijder. The Mail Online report that there have been two meetings between vSport and Owen Oyston last month – the meetings being at Bloomfield Road and Oyston’s estate.
According to the Mail Online, their sources tell them that Sneijder “would be open to becoming ‘hands-on’ with the running of a club” upon his retirement. Whether that club is Blackpool or not, that remains to be seen.