Ollie challenges Prem chiefs

BY foxsports • November 18, 2010

The league have written to the Seasiders asking them to explain their selection for the Villa Park contest. Holloway made 10 changes for the game eight days ago, which his side lost 3-2, and then changed the entire starting line-up for Saturday's draw at West Ham. Wolves were hit with a £25,000 suspended fine after being found guilty of failing to field their strongest team and Blackpool could be charged with the same offence. The Lancashire club will have seven days to respond to the letter and Holloway is planning a robust argument as he selected only from the 25-man squad he named earlier this season. "I can explain every single decision I made and I can show them the facts," said Holloway at a press conference on Thursday. "I would like them to try to prove to me how that is a weakened team. "We picked a team to win and we lost 3-2 with the last kick of the game - I was absolutely devastated. "The only stat that did not help was the fact we lost 3-2. The stats everywhere else suggest we more than had a good shout at this game. "How dare anyone tell me that is my second string. "If I had played Charlie Adam, I totally believe no-one would have asked me a question. "It was the fact Charlie was missing, purely and simply, everyone thought, 'Why is he leaving his best player out? He is the only player they have got'. "But how dare any of you even think that." Holloway has said he will resign over the matter if the club are subjected to sanctions. He says those comments were made in the heat of the moment - in a post-match press conference at Villa Park - but he has not completely withdrawn the threat. He said: "I will have to talk to my chairman whether he would let me resign. "But I feel that strongly that I cannot possibly manage a club when I am being told who is good enough and who isn't. "If you are not allowed to pick a team and there are other influences in your thoughts, you are not managing. "Everyone has got excited, presuming I am going to be fined. "That is probably why I have got a letter. It has probably come from the press. "We were in Birmingham, which is close to Wolves. They probably didn't think it was fair and asked me questions I didn't think were fair. "I kicked off with them and it all got horrible and silly." Blackpool have suffered a double injury blow with Matt Gilks ruled out for up to two months and Adam returning from international duty with a problem that could sideline him this weekend. Gilks, 28, requires an operation on a broken kneecap which he sustained taking a goalkick during last Saturday's goalless draw at Upton Park. The club initially thought the problem was tendinitis but it is worse than feared. Holloway said: "He's got a cracked patella, which is your kneecap. "If you can believe it he did it taking a goal-kick but played on for 20 minutes until half-time. "We knew it was sore but, gracious me, how brave is Matt? "It's bad news. He is going to have to have it wired up and pinned up to get better and it could take a couple of months." Gilks' absence means Ghana international Richard Kingson will continue in goal against Wolves at Bloomfield Road. Paul Rachubka is ineligible, even though fit, as he was not named in the 25-man squad at the start of the season due to a knee injury. The club had expected the American-born former Manchester United trainee to be out until January and only submitted 24 names in their squad. As back-up, 20-year-old Mark Halstead has been recalled from a loan spell at Barrow which he only began last week. Adam is doubtful for the weekend after suffering medial ligament damage playing for Scotland on Tuesday. The 25-year-old was taken off after 55 minutes of the Scots' 3-0 victory over the Faroe Islands at Pittodrie. Holloway said: "I don't think he is going to be available, he couldn't train this morning. "But we will leave it right until the last minute Saturday morning."


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