Ollie ready for Oyston talks

Whilst Holloway’s immediate reaction after the 4-2 defeat at
Manchester United that sent them straight back down to the
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
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. “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. “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.” How many of the lads are still at
Blackpool on August 8 is a moot point. The club have been trapped
by a combination of the Premier League’s demand for players to be
told last week whether contracts would be offered, an obvious
desire not to offer wages that would be unsustainable outside the
top flight and a preference to avoid long-term contracts. It is
just one of many lessons Holloway has learned about life in the big
league, the rules of which he believes are loaded against the
smaller clubs. “Lots of it didn’t suit us,” he argued. “There are
so many problems. I can only have two people on loan from the
Premier League and Football League combined but I could have as
many foreign under-21 lads as I like. “I was at Blackpool. I never
had a scout go abroad. What chance did I have? Was I supposed to
sign people blind? “I had to name a squad of 25. Then when I played
them I got fined because they weren’t good enough. What a joke.”