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Last Updated: Thursday, 7 February 2008, 15:34 GMT
Holloway stunned by Argyle claims
Ian Holloway (l) and Milan Mandaric
Ian Holloway's decision to join Milan Mandaric at Leicester angered Argyle (Getty Images)
Leicester boss Ian Holloway says he is "astonished" by claims he is to blame for some of Plymouth's players leaving and says he will talk to his lawyers.

Argyle chairman Paul Stapleton says ex-boss Holloway, who joined City in November, played a key part in some high-profile players leaving Home Park.

But Holloway told BBC Radio Leicester: "I'm absolutely astonished.

"I'm dealing with it in as professional a manner as I can. My lawyers are looking at the statements."

Stapleton claims Holloway advised the board not to open talks over a new contract with striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who has since joined Wolves.

And Stapleton also says Holloway promised midfielder David Norris a move in January.

I think it is totally unfair to him and the club, especially two or three days before the game

Milan Mandaric

Foxes chairman Milan Mandaric accused his Plymouth counterpart of sour grapes over Holloway's move to the Walkers Stadium.

Mandaric told BBC Radio Leicester: "You don't have to sell, you are the chairman - the buck stops with you.

"As chairman, you make the decisions not the manager."

When asked if he thought it was sour grapes, Mandaric replied: "I think so. I'm disappointed and don't think it should take place."

Mandaric says the timing of the outburst - ahead of Saturday's match between the sides at the Walkers Stadium - was wrong.

"Usually a chairman doesn't go out two or three days before a game making this kind of statement and accusations about your ex-manager," Mandaric said.

"This manager is our manager and someone I respect very much.

"I think it is totally unfair to him and the club especially two or three days before the game."

And Mandaric also says the Pilgrims should be thankful for what Holloway achieved during his time as manager.

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"I'm a little bit disappointed that Ollie didn't get enough credit for what he did there," added Mandaric. "He deserves it, he did a tremendous job there.

"He developed these players into better players and for that reason the chairman and club were able to get a lot of money for them.

"We need to concentrate on the game. This Saturday belongs to the players, manager and to out supporters - not to the chairman. I don't think it's necessary.

"In a way that tells me we got the right man. They know he did a good job there and they hated to lose him."

SEE ALSO
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07 Feb 08 |  Plymouth Argyle
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31 Dec 07 |  Leicester City
Holloway appointed Leicester boss
22 Nov 07 |  Leicester City


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