Holloway glad to welcome Mick

BY foxsports • November 19, 2010

Holloway apologised to McCarthy over a misunderstanding which arose as the Tangerines boss tried to justify his controversial 10 changes at Aston Villa last week. Holloway suggested McCarthy did not think he could win when he made wholesale changes for Wolves' visit to Manchester United last season. Wolves were hit with a £25,000 suspended fine for fielding an understrength side in that match. Blackpool could be subject to similar sanctions having been written to by the Premier League for an explanation for their team selection at Villa Park nine days ago. Holloway intends to mount a robust defence of his actions - and has threatened to resign if fined - and is sorry for dragging McCarthy into the controversy. Holloway claims he commented on the Wolves case without knowing the full facts when asked in his post-match press conference immediately after the game at Villa, which his side lost 3-2 to a late goal. "He was unhappy with what I said - I have never been unhappy with Mick," said Holloway at another press conference. "I didn't know what Mick said. One or two of you people [media] told me Mick said something and I responded to it. "Mick did what he felt was right and I don't think she should have been fined. "Mick is a great manager - if I even do half of what he has done I will be delighted. Mick and I haven't got a problem. "But that story has gone, let's move on. I am just getting on with my team for Wolves - it's quite ironic that we play Wolves next." Holloway respects the achievements of former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland boss McCarthy and feels Wolves' current lowly position in the Barclays Premier League is no reflection of their ability. Wolves go into the game 19th in the table with just nine points from 13 games, six behind Blackpool. Holloway is also surprised the Molineux side appear to have acquired a reputation for dirty play this season. "Again that is an absolute load of poppycock," the Seasiders manager said. "They are a fantastically hard-working team. "They play great football, they stayed up last year and they'll be desperate to stay up again this year. "They had a great start last year and everyone was saying how great they were. "Now all of a sudden a few borderline tackles have been highlighted and blown out of all proportion." The match is being billed in some quarters as crucial to both teams' survival hopes. Blackpool have enjoyed a fine start to their first top-flight season in 39 years but are still only 15th and just two points above the bottom three. But Holloway said: "It's no bigger than any other game. "There are three points at the end of it - we want them and so do they. "But we can take points off anybody - I don't think these teams are invincible anymore. "Look at last weekend's great result for Sunderland. It looked like Chelsea were invincible but if Sunderland can do it, why can't we? "This is just one game out of 38 we have to play. I don't see any six-point games at all." Ghana international Richard Kingson is likely to continue in goal for Blackpool with Matt Gilks out for two months with a broken kneecap. Key midfielder Charlie Adam is also a major doubt after straining a medial ligament playing for Scotland in midweek. Holloway is at least confident of having Adam in the long term after a resolution to the player's dispute with the club over bonuses. Adam claimed he had not received due payments after the Seasiders avoided relegation from the Championship last season. The matter was due to go to arbitration amid fears Adam's contract could be cancelled but Holloway believes the case is now over. He said: "Charlie is still with me - he ain't got a free transfer. "What happened between him and the chairman, they are both claiming they have won. "I don't want to get involved. Charlie said it was never about getting a free away from this club and the way he is playing is proving that. "It was all another storm in a teacup which happens at this level."


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