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Jose Miguel Cubero close to gaining permit

8 September 2014

Blackpool are hoping there is some much-needed good news on the horizon, with Costa Rica international Jose Miguel Cubero nearing the international clearance he needs to play in England.

Cubero, who played for his country at this summer's World Cup in Brazil, signed for the Seasiders in July but is yet to appear for the Sky Bet Championship outfit because he has not acquired the necessary permit.

The midfielder is currently away on international duty in the United States where he hopes to obtain the paperwork he needs to make his Blackpool debut.

That will not come against Wolves at Bloomfield Road this Saturday, though, with Costa Rica set to be in the Central America Cup final or third-place match that both take place that day.

While Cubero may finally appear in a Blackpool shirt soon, it remains unclear if he will do so under Jose Riga's management.

The Belgian, who has presided over six successive defeats at the start of this season, was reportedly on the brink of exiting Bloomfield Road over the weekend because he is at loggerheads with chairman Karl Oyston.

After a summer of farce in which he was forced to build a squad from scratch and on the cheap just days before the season started, Riga had insisted he needed four players before the transfer window closed.

But last Monday's deadline passed without any new arrivals at Bloomfield Road to suggest breaking point between Riga and Oyston would be reached soon.

However, Riga remains in a job for the time being, although his 89-day reign appears as precarious as ever.

Similar reports circulated suggesting then-manager Paul Ince would be axed last January and although he was given an initial stay of execution by Oyston, he was sacked just days later.

The murky situation regarding Riga's future has angered the Blackpool Supporters' Trust, who have demanded some clarity on the situation.

"Blackpool Supporters' Trust would like the club to tell the fans what the hell has been going on," they said in a statement.

"Let's have some transparency please. We shelled out hard-earned cash to support what was billed as a progressive change in direction. It would appear that the chairman and directors were not willing to demonstrate a similar commitment.

"They promised real change for the better but the situation continues to worsen and their stance looks to be very cynical.

"The fans of Blackpool FC have been misled and mistreated for far too long."


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