Holloway: The gloves are off

Holloway’s decision to make 10 changes for the midweek defeat at

Aston Villa is being investigated by the authorities, with the

Tangerines boss declaring he would resign if sanctioned, before

then adding fuel to the fire by naming a completely different

starting XI for Saturday’s goalless draw at bottom club West Ham.

Whatever the merits of his team selection, Holloway believes

utilising every possible combination to get the results needed is a

just cause. “I have kept a promise to those who got us up last year

that you will play and get your chance,” Holloway said. “We have

had 13 league games now, and the gloves are off – if you make a

mistake, you are out because that bloke could take your place, and

that is management.” Holloway, though, remains defiant over his

right to select whatever side he sees fit each week, with the

Premier League having implemented new limits of a 25-man squad this

season. “My chairman needs to see them play because I have bought

them and been working with them, hopefully he will be impressed,”

said the Blackpool boss. “I am sure [at Villa] he went ‘oh my God

who are we playing tonight?’ but as he said on the phone ‘I pay you

to do your job, thanks son.’ “No-one should tell a manager who to

pick, not any chairman, just because you own the club. “You should

guide it the right way for the fans, end of story. The manager

should have the final say.” Holloway continued: “What people should

have been saying after the Villa game is: ‘Good God – how does he

do that with all those people we don’t know?’ “I think I should be

able to deal with the squad how I like, and I am sure with the new

25-man rule which has been implemented this year, that is what it

is designed to do. “I want to play young players, to get them in

the Premier League and for them to have a chance. I made 11 changes

again. Will they fine me for that? “I don’t think there were going

to fine me, this is different because they brought that rule in to

try to change things. “From my point of view, I just want to get on

with it. Just let us manage, that is all I am asking. “If I have

got a group of people who came late and I have worked with them,

and they are going to get frustrated if I am not allowed to change

them whenever I like. “It just doesn’t make sense because I would

not disrespect anybody – I am after every point I can get, and I

believe we can get them.”