Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Oyston eager to keep Holloway

Ian Holloway

Blackpool chief Karl Oyston vowed to retain Ian Holloway as manager as he came out fighting following his club's controversial fine for fielding a weakened team.

The Premier League fined the Seasiders £25,000 on Thursday for fielding an under-strength side in their defeat at Aston Villa in November. Holloway made 10 changes but vehemently defended his selection, arguing he needed to utilise the depth of his squad amid a three-game week, and threatened to resign if the club were punished.

But acting chief executive Oyston, formerly the club's chairman and likely to resume that role, told talkSPORT: "I support whatever decision he makes so I've no issue with Ian and I think for Ian to even consider resigning when he's done so magnificently well for us since he was appointed is something that I certainly wouldn't preside over."

He added: "I'll do everything in my power to ensure that Ian stays with Blackpool as long as I can keep him there."

Oyston took a swipe at the Premier League over their verdict, pointing out that Holloway had complied with new regulations requiring teams to be selected from a nominated 25-man squad.

In addition, Holloway's decision was almost vindicated as the Seasiders were narrowly beaten 3-2 after an 89th-minute goal from James Collins.

Oyston said: "I've got real difficulties grasping the logic that's been applied to this on several levels.

"This game has been turned into a squad game by the Premier League, not us. We've named our squad in good faith and we intend to use all of that squad and the manager should be allowed to.

"If the Premier League think those players aren't good enough to appear on our behalf then maybe they should tell us that as we nominate them and maybe they should pick our team for us."

Blackpool have 14 days to appeal and will wait at least until after the closure of the transfer window on Monday before making a decision.