Belfast Telegraph

Holloway: I can pick who I like

Ian Holloway again defended his right to select whatever side he likes following a goalless draw at West Ham, where the Blackpool boss named a completely different starting XI.

Holloway had threatened to quit if fined for making 10 alterations for the midweek defeat at Aston Villa, and had recalled his main men on Saturday afternoon against the Barclays Premier League bottom club.

"I have found a bit of pressure this week by apparently picking some people I was not supposed to pick," he said. "The new rules should let me pick whoever I like, particularly when I have spent a lot of money on them."

He added: "We have got a lot more in our team than just Charlie Adam. We have got a lot of good players and so hopefully I can pick them when I like."

Holloway, though, issued a public apology after suggesting Wolves boss Mick McCarthy did not feel his side could beat Manchester United last season.

Wolves were given a suspended £25,000 fine when McCarthy made similar changes for a game at Old Trafford last season, but Holloway said the two situations were different because McCarthy had admitted "playing a lesser XI" as he felt his side could not win.

McCarthy on Friday revealed Holloway had spoken to him personally about the situation, and on Saturday afternoon the Blackpool manager stated: "I would like to apologise to Mick McCarthy. I never knew exactly what Mick had actually said.

"He would never say he would go somewhere and lose, quite rightly.

"He is a decent manager and if I ever do half as much as Mick has done in the game, I would be absolutely delighted, and to keep my dignity like he does.

"I just lost the plot the other evening."


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