The Intrigue Surrounding Karl Oyston’s “Bankruptcy”

Blackpool Football Club’s first season in the top division of English football since 1971 has started reasonably well, but the last few months haven’t necessarily have gone quite as successfully for their former chairman, Karl Oyston. While his team has only lost one of its four Premier League matches so far this season and currently sits in fourth place in the table, Oyston has faced difficulties in his private life and resigned as the chairman of the club last month. This week, however, the Premier League confirmed that they are to investigate his ongoing role as the club’s acting Chief Executive after he was reportedly declared bankrupt last month and was, under Premier League and FA rules, forced to resign his position as the chairman of the club. The Oyston family are no strangers to controversy or indeed the courts. Oyston’s father, Owen, was also the chairman of Blackpool during the 1990s and was imprisoned in May 1996 for six years, having been found guilty of the rape of a young model. He appealed the case but the conviction was upheld in December 1997 and he was made to pay £100,000 in court costs. He engaged the services of Max Clifford ahead of the trial with a view to improving his image. As this remarkable little tidbit from Marketing Week in July 1997 states: Clifford is understood to be...

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