Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Holloway sticks to his guns

Ian Holloway

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway reiterated his threat to resign if the club are punished for his team selection against Aston Villa on Wednesday night and insisted the situation is completely different to the one that saw Wolves given a suspended fine.

Wolves boss Mick McCarthy made 10 changes for a match against Manchester United last season, just like Holloway did for the 3-2 defeat at Villa Park. But, while McCarthy admitted he made the changes with the following week's game against Burnley in mind, Holloway said he picked a team he thought could win the match and that his selection was vindicated by how close they came to doing just that.

"Wednesday was the first time we'd had three games in a week and I've got every right to do whatever I like, I believe," said Holloway. "How can people liken that to what happened at Wolves, when Wolves went away to Manchester United and their manager openly said, 'I can't beat Manchester United so I'm going to play a lesser XI'?"

He added: "I went there believing I could win. It's not the same scenario, I find it absolutely absurd.

"I've never been the manager of Wolves, Mick McCarthy's the manager of Wolves, and he said, 'I can't beat Manchester United'. More fool you Mick, because I believe I can. Maybe you don't believe in your team as much as I believe in mine."

The Premier League today confirmed they are investigating the matter and Press Association Sport understands they will write to Blackpool later this week before deciding what action to take.

Holloway continued: "I'm not having anyone tell me who I can play. My chairman doesn't do it so why should the Premier League? Who the hell are they to tell me if my players are good enough or not before they've even had a chance to play?

"If anyone from the Premier League tries to tell me I can't pick that player, I'd like to see them do my job and I don't want to do it anymore.

"When I get a chance to talk to them, if they want to see me, I will explain in a calm and calculated fashion."

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