McCarthy: No escape for Pool

The Premier League are investigating Blackpool boss Ian Holloway’s

decision to make the changes to his side for Wednesday’s 3-2 defeat

at Villa Park. Wolves were given a suspended £25,000 fine when

McCarthy made a similar move for a game at Old Trafford last

season, which they lost 3-0. And the former Sunderland and Republic

of Ireland manager believes Blackpool can expect the same

treatment. He said: “They won’t escape it, how can they? If they do

then the Premier League is absolutely toothless.” Holloway has

threatened to quit if his team are punished, something McCarthy

hopes will not happen to his friend. He added: “I wouldn’t want to

see him quit, I can’t imagine for one minute he would. “They won’t

let him, all the Blackpool fans will drag him back.” Holloway has

apologised to McCarthy for suggesting that he had admitted “playing

a lesser XI” against Manchester United last season as he felt his

side could not win. McCarthy was unhappy with such a suggestion but

revealed: “I’ve spoken to Ollie about the comments attributed to me

and my team and he has apologised to me and said he will apologise

publicly. “If anyone can find those comments from me, saying I

couldn’t beat Manchester United and was going to field a weakened

side, then they are a better man than me. “I was less than pleased

when I saw the comments because me and Ollie are pals and have

always been very supportive of each other. “He supported me last

year when this happened to me but, fair play to him, he has

apologised and we will stay mates and that’s the way it should be.”