Belfast Telegraph

Low key celebrations for Holloway

Jubilant Blackpool manager Ian Holloway planned to celebrate his side's staggering start to Premier League life by getting introduced to a new family poodle.

While the Tangerine supporters prepared to celebrate a totally unexpected rise to the top of the table following their 4-0 defeat of Wigan with a party on the seaside, Holloway was preparing to drive back to the family home in Bath. He hopes it is a short-term situation as, having been given assurances about his future by Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston, Holloway is preparing to resettle his family on the north-west coast.

"I am going to Bath to see my kids and my wife's new dog," he revealed. "A little poodle called Teddy. Hopefully we can come back up on Monday and find a semi-permanent home. I am going to try and move my family up here because I can't stand how far it is and I want to stay here a long time."

A first-half opener from Gary Taylor-Fletcher was followed by two from new arrival Marlon Harewood that secured maximum points by the break. Alex Baptiste's bizarre goal in the second period completed the rout.

A week that began with rumours of Holloway walking out of Bloomfield Road ended with a joyous return to the top flight, which Blackpool departed in 1971. Harewood's contribution just about summed it up.

Released by Aston Villa at the end of last season, the 31-year-old was linked with a series of clubs but ended up at Blackpool after a short trial period.

"Little Blackpool asked him to come on trial and he wanted to play for us," said Holloway. "Hopefully the chairman might help us out with a few more because reality tells me we need so many new players it is scary.

"Marlon has signed a two-year deal and is going to be pivotal for us."

Wigan's performance was branded "unacceptable" by manager Roberto Martinez.

"I don't question myself," he said. "We have to find solutions within the squad but it was quite clear we never had the simple ingredients you require when you go onto the football field."

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