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Seamus Coleman hopes to leave Blackpool promoted

Seamus Coleman
Coleman signed a new four-year contract at Everton this week

On-loan Blackpool defender Seamus Coleman hopes he can help them win promotion to the Premier League before returning to parent club Everton.

Coleman, 21, signed a new four-year deal at Goodison Park earlier this week and will return after the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday.

"I don't think the fans would have expected it at the start of the season," he told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"We're going there to hopefully win the game but it's easier said than done."

The Seasiders beat Nottingham Forest 6-4 on aggregate to reach the final of what is regarded as one of the most lucrative games in world football.

And young full-back Coleman says his side can use the experience of their semi-final in their clash with Cardiff.

"Going into the Forest game I think we were underdogs just like we will be going into the final," Coleman added. "We showed we can play good football.

"Hopefully against Cardiff we can do the same, but we know it's not going to be easy.

"We don't want to let the occasion get to us. It's still another game and obviously it's at Wembley which will be great."

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is renowned for his flamboyant style off the pitch but Coleman insists there is a real football man underneath the swagger.

"He's an absolute character and he makes you laugh and joke," said Coleman. "But when it comes to football it's serious and he gets down to business.

"He knows the game well and he checks videos and he studies the game - he's a real football manager.

What they've done is unbelievable and I think they'll do it

Former Blackpool loanee Carl Dickinson

"I obviously like getting forward and Ian Holloway himself likes the team going forward. So it's worked out for me and I'm happy with the way he plays."

Former Blackpool loanee Carl Dickinson thinks the Tangerines will win on Saturday.

The left-back had a 10-game loan spell at Bloomfield Road in 2006 but was a key player in Stoke's promotion two years ago.

He told BBC Radio Stoke: "Looking at Blackpool at the start of the season most people would have written them off.

"What they've done is unbelievable and I think they'll do it."



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