Ollie challenges Prem chiefs

The league have written to the Seasiders asking them to explain

their selection for the Villa Park contest. Holloway made 10

changes for the game eight days ago, which his side lost 3-2, and

then changed the entire starting line-up for Saturday’s draw at

West Ham. Wolves were hit with a £25,000 suspended fine after

being found guilty of failing to field their strongest team and

Blackpool could be charged with the same offence. The Lancashire

club will have seven days to respond to the letter and Holloway is

planning a robust argument as he selected only from the 25-man

squad he named earlier this season. “I can explain every single

decision I made and I can show them the facts,” said Holloway at a

press conference on Thursday. “I would like them to try to prove to

me how that is a weakened team. “We picked a team to win and we

lost 3-2 with the last kick of the game – I was absolutely

devastated. “The only stat that did not help was the fact we lost

3-2. The stats everywhere else suggest we more than had a good

shout at this game. “How dare anyone tell me that is my second

string. “If I had played Charlie Adam, I totally believe no-one

would have asked me a question. “It was the fact Charlie was

missing, purely and simply, everyone thought, ‘Why is he leaving

his best player out? He is the only player they have got’. “But how

dare any of you even think that.” Holloway has said he will resign

over the matter if the club are subjected to sanctions. He says

those comments were made in the heat of the moment – in a

post-match press conference at Villa Park – but he has not

completely withdrawn the threat. He said: “I will have to talk to

my chairman whether he would let me resign. “But I feel that

strongly that I cannot possibly manage a club when I am being told

who is good enough and who isn’t. “If you are not allowed to pick a

team and there are other influences in your thoughts, you are not

managing. “Everyone has got excited, presuming I am going to be

fined. “That is probably why I have got a letter. It has probably

come from the press. “We were in Birmingham, which is close to

Wolves. They probably didn’t think it was fair and asked me

questions I didn’t think were fair. “I kicked off with them and it

all got horrible and silly.” Blackpool have suffered a double

injury blow with Matt Gilks ruled out for up to two months and Adam

returning from international duty with a problem that could

sideline him this weekend. Gilks, 28, requires an operation on a

broken kneecap which he sustained taking a goalkick during last

Saturday’s goalless draw at Upton Park. The club initially thought

the problem was tendinitis but it is worse than feared. Holloway

said: “He’s got a cracked patella, which is your kneecap. “If you

can believe it he did it taking a goal-kick but played on for 20

minutes until half-time. “We knew it was sore but, gracious me, how

brave is Matt? “It’s bad news. He is going to have to have it wired

up and pinned up to get better and it could take a couple of

months.” Gilks’ absence means Ghana international Richard Kingson

will continue in goal against Wolves at Bloomfield Road. Paul

Rachubka is ineligible, even though fit, as he was not named in the

25-man squad at the start of the season due to a knee injury. The

club had expected the American-born former Manchester United

trainee to be out until January and only submitted 24 names in

their squad. As back-up, 20-year-old Mark Halstead has been

recalled from a loan spell at Barrow which he only began last week.

Adam is doubtful for the weekend after suffering medial ligament

damage playing for Scotland on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was taken

off after 55 minutes of the Scots’ 3-0 victory over the Faroe

Islands at Pittodrie. Holloway said: “I don’t think he is going to

be available, he couldn’t train this morning. “But we will leave it

right until the last minute Saturday morning.”