Ollie ready for promotion fight

The Seasiders led at Manchester United but, in the end, they were
unable to resist Sir Alex Ferguson’s men, slipping to a 4-2 defeat
that ensured they finished second bottom on their top flight
return. “You are famous for two seconds in football, then you are
gone,” said Holloway. “If you aim for the stars, you might hit the
moon. “I have nothing but pride for my players and the way they
have performed. “I am ready for the fight to get us back.” Holloway
is now braced for an assault on his squad from hungry predators,
with his Old Trafford goalscorers Charlie Adam and Gary
Taylor-Fletcher among those likely to be picked off. If starting
the season on June 30 is such a thing, a silver lining may come
through a place in the Europa League if Blackpool have managed to
finish highest out of the non-European qualifiers in the Fair Play
Table. However, for now, Holloway is only interested in righting a
few wrongs. “The fat lady has finished singing and I do not like
the tune,” he declared. “The Premier League have rung me up and
said ‘we really love you Ian Holloway’. But they have never helped
me. “It is a great league. But the people who run it shouldn’t.
There should be people above them telling them what to do. “Nobody
has to hear from me for another 12 months but hopefully I will get
the chance to tell them about how they do things.” Holloway’s anger
stems from being told he had to tell players by the third Saturday
in May whether options on their contracts were being taken up. In
the instances of Richard Kingson, Marlon Harewood and Brett
Ormerod, all of whom were on the bench this afternoon, the answer
was no. Others – Ian Evatt and Keith Southern – are being retained
but are now condemned to vastly reduced terms due to Blackpool’s
relegation. “Ask yourself how you would have felt to be me on
Monday morning,” said Holloway. “The Football League give you five
days after your last game. The Premier League told us we had to
stick to the exact wording of the contracts. “This was before the
biggest game of my life. Surely common sense should have applied
and I could have told them afterwards.”