Riga named Blackpool manager

  • Last Updated: June 11 2014, 12:02 BST

Blackpool have confirmed Belgian Jose Riga as their new manager.

Jose Riga: New Blackpool boss
Jose Riga: New Blackpool boss

The 56-year-old, who saved Charlton from relegation from the Championship last season, agreed a contract in principle with the club’s chairman Karl Oyston last week.

Riga has now signed a one-year rolling contract to succeed former caretaker player-manager Barry Ferguson at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “I had a good discussion with the chairman and we found an agreement. I'm ready for the big challenge.

“With the support of the chairman and certainly the support of the fans - who really must be our 12th man - I'm sure we can succeed.”

Riga, a former technical director at AC Milan, took over from sacked Charlton boss Chris Powell in March, charged with keeping them in the second tier despite sitting bottom of the division.

He won seven of his 16 games in charge and took them to an 18th-place finish, seven points clear of the drop-zone, before leaving the club at the end of his temporary contract.

Riga has had two spells in charge of Standard Liege, who share the same owner as Charlton.

In his second stint during the 2011-12 season, Riga guided them to the last 16 of the Europa league before finishing fourth in the Belgian top flight.

Apart from his spells with Liege, he has also worked as a scout and analyst for the Belgian national team, spent time with the Aspire Academy in Qatar, and was invited by Jose Mourinho to spend a week training the Real Madrid squad in 2011.