Blackpool boss ready to fight back next season

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists he is ready to lead the promotion challenge next season.

But Holloway admits it will be difficult to keep the Seasiders’ current squad together, after being relegated from the Premier League.

“I have got a very hard job on my hands now to keep this team together,” he said.

“None of them want to fall into the Championship and some of them will get snapped up by the vultures.

“I know what they are earning – and what they will go back to – and they won’t want to do it.

“They are an exceptional group and that group will never be the same again.”

He continued: “David Vaughan, Stephen Crainey, Matthew Gilks – I don’t think they’ll want to stay, because I think they can get better contracts at a higher level.

“And what about Charlie Adam? If we’d won today, I might have been able to offer Charlie a new contract and persuade him to stay. What’s going to happen with him?”

“You are famous for two seconds in football, then you are gone,” he added.

“If you aim for the stars, you might hit the moon. I have nothing but pride for my players and the way they have performed.

“I am ready for the fight to get us back.”

“The fat lady has finished singing and I do not like the tune,” he added.

“The Premier League have rung me up and said ‘we really love you Ian Holloway’. But they have never helped me.

“It is a great league. But the people who run it shouldn’t. There should be people above them telling them what to do.

“Nobody has to hear from me for another 12 months but hopefully I will get the chance to tell them about how they do things.”


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