Tuesday 23 January 2018

Holloway threatens to quit

Jamie Holland

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has warned he will resign if the club are punished for his team selection against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

Holloway made 10 changes to his side, and the Tangerines lost 3-2 at Villa Park, with James Collins heading a last-minute winner.

"We've had three games in a week and I've got every right to do whatever I like, I believe," he said. "How can people liken that (his choice of team) to what happened when Wolves went to Manchester United and their manager openly said, 'I can't beat Manchester United so I'm going to play a lesser XI'?

"I went there believing I could win. It's not the same scenario. I find it absolutely absurd.

"Mick McCarthy's the manager of Wolves, and he said, 'I can't beat Manchester United'. More fool you Mick, because I believe I can. Maybe you don't believe in your team as much as I believe in mine."

Holloway continued: "I'm not having anyone tell me who I can play. My chairman doesn't do it, so why should the Premier League? Who the hell are they to tell me if my players are good enough or not before they've even had a chance to play?

"If anyone from the Premier League tries to tell me I can't pick that player, I'd like to see them do my job and I don't want to do it any more. When I get a chance to talk to them, if they want to see me, I will explain in a calm and calculated fashion."

Holloway believes the changes to squad rules this season, which forced clubs to name a 25-man selection following the closure of the transfer window, puts him in a strong position.

"I'm allowed a 25-man squad this season -- that wasn't the case last season -- and I utilised that squad for the match against Villa. I picked a team with experience and youth and enthusiasm and I thought they were absolutely terrific.

"You should judge my team on how they played. If we'd have lost 10-0 then maybe I played a weakened team."

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport