League from 'Planet Zarf' - Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said yesterday that the Premier League, run by people from "the Planet Zarf", will be "relieved" to see his side relegated as he reacted angrily to the idea that Sunday's opponents Manchester United could be fined if Blackpool beat them.
With United's 19th title safely confirmed, it would only be natural for the focus of Alex Ferguson's side to switch to the impending Champions League final against Barcelona.
However, before that, domestic duties must be fulfilled and that has prompted suggestions that Ferguson will pick a weakened side for the visit of Blackpool, who need a win and a helping hand elsewhere if they are to avoid the drop.
"They (the Premier League) will be relieved if we get relegated," he said. "Then I (will not be) badgering them. Alex Ferguson is a winner. That man deserves to pick whatever team he wants to pick. No one should question it.
"Look at his record. Those people running the game, what planet are they on? They must have beamed down from Planet Zarf. They think we can only beat Manchester United if they are weak. What a load of baloney."
Blackpool were themselves fined £25,000 for fielding a weakened team against Aston Villa in November. If Ferguson picks a more inexperienced side than he usually would, that is likely to prompt the league to request an explanation, yet Holloway feels offended by the notion that the United manager should be questioned.
He continued: "Ask Schalke (who United beat 6-1 on aggregate in the Champions League) if they think Manchester United have a weak team. On Sunday, we have to try and do the impossible. It's got to be perfect. No one else has beaten them (at Old Trafford).
"And if we do, they might get fined because we are rubbish. The suggestion is that they should always beat us, because we're supposed to be crap. Don't try telling me that."
As preparations go for the biggest game in the club's history -- certainly on a financial basis -- Blackpool's week could have gone better. Stephen Crainey, Matthew Gilks and David Vaughan have rejected their initial offers of new contracts as they wait to see what happens on Sunday.
Ian Evatt and Keith Southern have new deals while Brett Ormerod is still negotiating his.
Holloway, however, is determined to ensure that those departing will do so with Blackpool still a Premier League team.
"I think we deserve it and I think we deserve a crack at trying to do the impossible," he said. (© Independent News Service)