Ollie ready for promotion fight

BY foxsports • May 23, 2011

The Seasiders led at Manchester United but, in the end, they were unable to resist Sir Alex Ferguson's men, slipping to a 4-2 defeat that ensured they finished second bottom on their top flight return. "You are famous for two seconds in football, then you are gone," said Holloway. "If you aim for the stars, you might hit the moon. "I have nothing but pride for my players and the way they have performed. "I am ready for the fight to get us back." Holloway is now braced for an assault on his squad from hungry predators, with his Old Trafford goalscorers Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher among those likely to be picked off. If starting the season on June 30 is such a thing, a silver lining may come through a place in the Europa League if Blackpool have managed to finish highest out of the non-European qualifiers in the Fair Play Table. However, for now, Holloway is only interested in righting a few wrongs. "The fat lady has finished singing and I do not like the tune," he declared. "The Premier League have rung me up and said 'we really love you Ian Holloway'. But they have never helped me. "It is a great league. But the people who run it shouldn't. There should be people above them telling them what to do. "Nobody has to hear from me for another 12 months but hopefully I will get the chance to tell them about how they do things." Holloway's anger stems from being told he had to tell players by the third Saturday in May whether options on their contracts were being taken up. In the instances of Richard Kingson, Marlon Harewood and Brett Ormerod, all of whom were on the bench this afternoon, the answer was no. Others - Ian Evatt and Keith Southern - are being retained but are now condemned to vastly reduced terms due to Blackpool's relegation. "Ask yourself how you would have felt to be me on Monday morning," said Holloway. "The Football League give you five days after your last game. The Premier League told us we had to stick to the exact wording of the contracts. "This was before the biggest game of my life. Surely common sense should have applied and I could have told them afterwards."

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