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Holloway ready to bounce back


Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway intends to sit down with chairman Karl Oyston to plot a way out of the relegation mire Blackpool landed in on Sunday.

Whilst Holloway's immediate reaction after the 4-2 defeat at Manchester United that sent them straight back down to the npower Championship was to question how many of his players he would be able to retain, Oyston was more concerned about his manager's future. However, it seems Holloway will not be going anywhere.

All he is concerned about is getting a structure in place that will allow Blackpool to profit from their brief flirtation with the Barclays Premier League. "I have a year on my contract and I am looking forward to talking with the chairman to see what he wants to do with his club, where it lies now and where we have gone back to," said Holloway.

He added: "I am hoping it is not as far as when we started this season. Luckily I work for a chairman who won't sack me because I am rubbish halfway through the season. This game is completely mad but it is good to be me. I am not mad. I know what I am doing and where I am going."

Although no-one is pretending life at Bloomfield Road is going to be easy over the coming weeks, Holloway's words should at least offer Oyston some reassurance. Charlie Adam, Matthew Gilks, David Vaughan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher might be on their way out but for as long as Holloway remains in charge, Blackpool have hope.

"The nature of the industry is that people always try and covet what you've got," Oyston admitted on Sky Sports News.

"I just hope that Ian doesn't get his head turned by a club that probably won't allow him to express himself the way we do. This is a work in progress, we have long-term plans to strengthen the business to make it viable and to be able to compete and challenge on the field as well.

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"Ian has performed miracles ever since he arrived here and we will help him as much as we can to try and get back into the Premier League, because every manager wants to manage at the highest level they can."

The look on Holloway's face when he was informed Blackpool could be handed a place in the first qualifying round of the Europa League - which would commit them to playing their first competitive game on June 30 - suggested he would not be overly disappointed if the Premier League announced someone else had claimed the "prize".

"We need a break," he said. "We came into this league late and the Championship starts a week earlier than the Premier League. These lads are running on empty."

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