Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Sir Alex Ferguson praises Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes Ian Holloway deserves to be applauded for the job he is doing at Blackpool.

The Premier League leaders have been denied a date at the seaside this evening with a frozen pitch at Bloomfield Road forcing a postponement, but Ferguson was full of praise for Holloway's achievements this season when he was asked to assess the Premier League newcomer's progress.

“What is happening at Blackpool is unbelievable,” Ferguson said.

“They could have been five up before Bolton had a shot on goal. They are attacking every team, they are having a go and are scoring goals. What more can you say about them?

“Ian Holloway has done a fantastic job. He brought Charlie Adam down from Glasgow when nobody seemed to want him. He is one of the best players in the league. He is having a fantastic season.

“Ian took Craig Cathcart from us. He is a terrific lad and a good player. He also got him for a song. Ian has done his homework very well and is getting his rewards for it.

“He has taken a chance on players and they are rewarding him for giving them an opportunity to play in the Premier League.”

Ferguson, reflecting on the 4-0 Carling Cup defeat against West Ham, said: “A few years from now these players will go down there and win that kind of game. That is what experience gives you. It was not a 4-0 scoreline.

“We had the most possession, we had the most entries into the penalty box. They had six strikes at goal and scored four. We defended poorly.”

Meanwhile Michael Owen could be back in time for the festive fixtures. The striker has returned to full training following a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since October.

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