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EXCLUSIVE: Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston on why he's breaking his silence

**Ashley Derricott's full report on Karl Oyston will be on Granada Reports on ITV at 6pm.**

Under fire Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has spoken exclusively to Granada Reports today.

The seasiders have been relegated twice in two years, and face a season in League Two with another new manager

He told Ashley Derricott why he felt like it was the right time to break his silence.

You can watch our full report on Karl Oyston on Granada Reports on ITV at 6pm.

New bosses relish challenge

New Blackburn boss, Owen Coyle, and Blackpool's Gary Bowyer are both taking on clubs with years of frustrating results and disillusioned supporters.

But they've been telling our reporter, Chris Hall, they are both up for the challenge.

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Exclusive interview with Blackpool FC president Valeri Belokon

With Blackpool facing their second successive relegation, moves are underway to try to bring the Oyston family and the fans together.

But some are looking hundreds of miles away to the east, and the club's president Valeri Belokon, who helped take them into the Premier League just six years ago. He rarely gives interviews, but spoke to our correspondent Ashley Derricott who travelled to Riga in Latvia:

Blackpool and Fleetwood fans prepare for first ever league game between the two clubs

It's one of the biggest football derbies never to be played.

That is until this weekend.

On Saturday afternoon neighbours Blackpool and Fleetwood Town will face each other in a league game for the very first time.

David Chisnall has spent the day on the Fylde coast and paid a visit to both clubs

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Blackpool striker returns after eight months 'AWOL'

Blackpool striker Nile Ranger has returned to train with his club, after eight months being absent without leave.

Ranger has been absent from the club for eight months Credit: PA Images

His return was reported by the Blackpool Gazette's football writer Will Watt on Twitter.

A clause was activated in Ranger's contract earlier this year, much to the player's surprise as he revealed on Instagram.

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