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Blackpool boss Holloway relishing the big time

Ian Holloway admits the reality of being a Premier League club will probably not hit Blackpool until the start of next season.

The Seasiders will kick off their first top-flight campaign for almost 40 years in August after they defeated Cardiff 3-2 in Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Thousands of fans came out to greet Holloway and his players today as an open-top bus parade took them along the town's famous promenade.

The manager then addressed the crowd from a stage to thank them for their support, describing the occasion as the “most unbelievable moment of my life”.

Holloway said: “I don't know about being a Premier League club yet, but it feels real that we have done something special,” Holloway said.

“That probably won't be apparent until we play against all these other teams with a lot more than we have got. I'm delighted for these people and these lads have deserved it.

“No matter what has happened, if we've let a goal in, we've just carried on and carried on. We have won nine out of the last 11 games to get to this point and I can't tell you how proud I am of them.

“In life, if you make the wrong move or decision, you have to look at it and keep believing. These boys have never stopped and I can't thank them enough. It's absolutely magnificent what they have achieved for this whole area.

“The Premier League is going to challenge me tactically, which I want. You can do some tactics, but if you've got Frank Lampard getting hold of it and flicking it around the corner to Didier Drogba, you might have to think differently about how you deal with it.”

Belfast Telegraph