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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway dismisses quit rumours


Holloway defends Blackpool transfer policy

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has dismissed rumours that he was going to quit the club as "crazy".

There was speculation the 47-year-old would walk out when he missed training, amid claims relations with chairman Karl Oyston had become strained.

But after unveiling four new signings, he described his relationship with Oyston as "absolutely fantastic".

Holloway said: "Apparently yesterday [Tuesday] I had resigned. It's just a crazy world that we have moved into."

There were suggestions he had become frustrated at not being able to sign the players he wanted because of Blackpool's wage structure

But the newly promoted Tangerines, who make their Premier League bow at Wigan on Saturday, announced on Wednesday the capture of Manchester United's Craig Cathcart, Elliot Grandin from CSKA Sofia, Monaco's Malaury Martin and and Ludovic Sylvestre from Czech side Mlada Boleslav.

Holloway said at the start of a news conference to confirm the new signings: "Before anyone asks a question, I just want to make sure you can see me - you can see me here and I'm not a cardboard cut-out, because somehow or other, I'm not supposed to be here.

"I had to be in London the day before and didn't want to drive back at six o'clock in the morning to get here because I was too tired.

"I had to be at a Premier League meeting, and [look] what that has caused by not coming back up for training. We only had eight players, some were on international duty and I wasn't going to train them that hard anyway.

"Look at how things go crazy. But welcome, and by the way, we've just signed some new players as well. I just want to get that straight."


Holloway admitted it was taking a while to get used to life in the Premier League spotlight - particularly after a paper printed a "ludicrous" picture of him queuing for a burger - and said he was "hurt" some supporters believed the resignation rumours.

He added: "Our poor fans, who have been worried sick, on websites, asking what's happening and writing me letters - did they think that I didn't want to [sign players]? Did they think that I haven't been trying?

"But you have to be together in this and what has hurt me a little bit is that they think for one minute that, with how long I have worked in football and how hard I've worked, I am suddenly going to walk out on a relationship that I've got here with the fans, the chairman and the team.

"They think that I'm going to give that up? I'm sorry, how wrong is that? Hopefully it will all settle down and they will see that some of the things they were worried about haven't actually materialised and we are still going on."

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