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.”