Seasiders chief vows to attack

The Seasiders secured their place among the elite of English

football with their play-off final win over Cardiff in May but are

being tipped for an immediate return to the Championship. Holloway

has joked that he does not see how the North West outfit will reach

double figures in the top-flight, but has vowed to attack

throughout their campaign at the very highest level. “You won’t

ever in my life in the Premier League – however long that may be –

catch me standing toe to toe with someone as a boxer and just

covering my face. That’s what a lot of teams do and I don’t think

that’s football,” he told the Mail on Sunday. “I want to go to

these big clubs and give them a good game but, whatever the

scoreline, I’ll still be buzzing when we leave because I’m proud of

my lads’ efforts. We may not be as good as them but our heads won’t

drop and I expect us to give a good account of ourselves. “I was

fuming at first when people said we wouldn’t get 10 points. But

when I got the fixture list I said, ‘My God, where are we going to

get 10 points from?’ “Joking is how I deal with worries sometimes.

The truth is, I can’t wait for the challenge. I’ve nothing to lose

and that suits me better than having everything to lose. “There’s

no fear in me because I do not fear losing my job. After all, I

didn’t have one for a year before this, did I?” Holloway has

already discovered that alongside the benefits of reaching the

promised land of the Premier League there are also added

difficulties, particularly regarding the 25-man squads which must

include at least eight ‘homegrown’ players. “Before the dust

settled on the play-off trophy, they told us what we had to have in

place on August 31 and I almost didn’t enjoy my holiday,” he added.

“In fact, I wish I hadn’t had one. It’s so far off the chart where

we are set up as a club. “Other clubs have been at this for years

and we’re light years behind them. If I was a defeatist, I’d say

it’s almost impossible. “It’s a jigsaw, we need far too many pieces

and the picture isn’t on our box lid. We were expecting a different

box.” Holloway has also been frustrated in the transfer market so

far this summer, with prices for many of his targets increasing due

to Blackpool’s Premier League status. “I feel like I’m a fella who

was selling the Big Issue last week with my dog sat by me looking

pretty hungry and I just picked up a winning Lottery ticket,” he

said. “So I can’t go and beg for things like I used to because

people say, ‘Hang on, mate, you’ve got all that money in your back

pocket’.”