Blackpool deny manager Ian Holloway will quit over fine
Holloway has steered Blackpool to 12th in the Premier League
Blackpool have denied manager Ian Holloway will leave after the £25,000 fine imposed on the club by the Premier League for fielding a weakened team.
Holloway told local media, and repeated on Twitter, that he would offer his resignation to chairman Karl Oyston.
But Oyston told BBC Radio Lancashire: "We have already talked it through prior to the news breaking [on Thursday] and the matter is closed."
He added: "This is simply a story chasing its own tail."
A club spokesman said: "We know he [Holloway] is very passionate, but we expect this to blow over."
The Seasiders were punished for the 10 changes Holloway made to his side for the league match at Aston Villa in November, prompting the manager to
tell the Blackpool Gazette
: "[Oyston] will be getting my resignation as that is how strongly I feel.
"It's up to him whether he chooses to take it."
Oyston made it clear to the newspaper that he would refuse any such offer by his 47-year-old manager.
I think it's a small fine, a slap on the wrist to say 'make sure you behave' really
"I would fight to the death to keep him in his post. He has done fantastically well and deserves to manage at this level for ever," he said.
"It would be absolutely ridiculous if Ian felt compelled to resign because of what is an unjust decision - he shouldn't compound it by stopping doing what he is doing so well."
Premier League rules brought in this season stipulate that all clubs must select from a 25-man squad.
Holloway argued that because he had fulfilled this obligation, a case for fielding an under-strength side could not be mounted against him.
The Blackpool boss was almost vindicated as his makeshift team were narrowly beaten 3-2 by Villa after a last-minute goal from James Collins.
But the League took a dim view of his selection and eventually issued a fine.
Meanwhile, Premier League managers rallied in support of Holloway in the wake of the fine.
"For me this fine is ridiculous," Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti commented. "I think Holloway knows his team very well and he is able to decide who plays. I hope that Holloway doesn't pay the fine."
Tottenham's Harry Redknapp stated that it was crucial for managers to be allowed to make full use of their squads.
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