Ollie: I'll welcome Houllier and Villa

BY foxsports • February 10, 2011

Holloway criticised Houllier last month for openly talking about Seasiders captain Charlie Adam, for whom Villa had bids of £2.5million and £3.5million rejected. Those offers were branded "disgraceful" by Holloway and subsequent approaches for Adam from Liverpool and Tottenham were also rebuffed, despite the midfielder handing in a transfer request. With January trading now finished, though, and Adam's services retained until at least the end of the season, Holloway is looking to move on from the matter and says he will not be giving Houllier the cold shoulder ahead of this weekend's Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road. "That's all finished and that's all through," Holloway said. "If I see something, I normally say it, but that's gone now - I never hold any grudges and I can't wait to see Mr Houllier and his team here." While Villa pair Darren Bent and Ashley Young both scored for England in the 2-1 win over Denmark on Wednesday night, Adam was also on international duty with Scotland and Holloway can see the 25-year-old skippering his country in the future. "He is an absolutely fantastic footballer, I keep saying it," Holloway said. "He is a wonderful lad, on and off the field, and he is getting picked by Scotland now as I told him he would be. I believe he will be captain one day." After the events of the transfer window, it seems there is no ill-feeling on Adam's part towards Holloway, even though it was reported last week the player's agent was unhappy with the way Blackpool had handled the situation. Quoted on Wednesday in the Blackpool Gazette, Adam said: "My relationship with the manager is crazy, mental. "Everybody loves our manager because he says what he thinks. He's an honest manager and maybe sometimes he's too honest. "But I have a fantastic relationship with him. The clubs who were interested in me were massive clubs. He felt it wasn't right at the time and I respect his decision. "He thinks me being there until the end of the season will give the club a better chance of staying up, so that's the way it's going to be." The last time Blackpool played Villa was in November when Holloway made 10 changes to his side, for which he was last month fined £25,000 by the Premier League. The manager has stated his intention to appeal, although today he said he did not know how things were developing on that front. He did, however, reveal that he hopes to be granted permission by the League to sign a new goalkeeper after Paul Rachubka suffered a potentially serious injury in training this morning. Rachubka damaged his right knee in what looks to be a recurrence of the problem which kept him out of action for the first half of the season. The 29-year-old is being assessed and could be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines, leaving the Seasiders with only one senior goalkeeper available in Richard Kingson. Fellow stopper Matt Gilks, who has been out since November due to a knee injury, is still several weeks away from a return. And with Kingson recently taking some knocks as well, Holloway feels the club's case for making an emergency signing is compelling. Last year the Premier League allowed Manchester City to bring in goalkeeper Marton Fulop on loan from Sunderland for the last three matches of the 2009-10 campaign.


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