ian holloway described the Premier League's decision to fine Blackpool £25,000 for fielding a weakened side as "a joke", and offered his resignation to the club's acting chief executive in protest. Karl Oyston will reject the offer, delivered to fulfil a promise Holloway made in November.
"I find it so offensive and nonsensical for these people to sit in their glass houses and throw stones," said Holloway. "It is a joke. I don't know who I am working for. I have done the best job I could for this club, and have tried to win every match, including the game at Aston Villa."
The Blackpool side at Villa Park featured 10 changes from the previous league match. Suggestions they were seriously weakened were undermined, though, as they only lost 3-2 to a James Collins goal in the last minute. When it was claimed that Blackpool might be punished, Holloway said he would resign if that happened. On Thursday the Premier League fined the club £25,000, a figure that matches the suspended punishment handed to Wolves for the same reason last season.
Oyston has insisted throughout that he would reject Holloway's offer. "I absolutely would not accept his resignation", said Oyston, who was chairman before he stepped down at the start of the season.
Oyston expressed how important it was to keep the manager who has taken Blackpool from the Championship to 12th place in the Premier League.
"I would fight to the death to keep Ian in his post," Oyston said. "He has done fantastically well and deserves to manage at this level for ever. It would be absolutely ridiculous if he felt compelled to resign because of what is an unjust decision and he shouldn't compound that by stopping doing what he is doing so well."
Meanwhile, Curtis Davies has joined Birmingham City on a three-and-a-half-year deal. The centre-back has left Aston Villa for their local rivals for an undisclosed fee. Davies started his career at Luton Town and moved to West Bromwich Albion in 2005.
After a loan spell at Aston Villa he signed a four-year contract in 2008 but after failing to secure a place in the side he went on loan to Leicester City earlier this season. He joins a Birmingham side in need of defensive cover after Scott Dann's season was ended by injury.
Demba Ba has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal with West Ham United after the striker moved from Hoffenheim.
Ricardo, the Portugal goalkeeper whose penalty saves knocked out England from Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup, is training with Leicester City. (© Independent News Service)