FANS have today spoken of their heartache after Ian Holloway left Blackpool FC to join Crystal Palace.
The charismatic manager has walked out on the club after three years in charge.
Glenn Bowley, chairman of Blackpool Supporters Association, feels Holloway owes the club and its supporters an explanation.
He said: “I do not know what to say. It’s a real mixture of all sorts of emotions.
“I do not understand why he has gone.
“I think he owes us an explanation.
“He did an amazing job and we have had a fantastic three years. He came and made our dreams a reality.
“The football was mesmerising and we looked forward to going to games to watch attractive attacking football at Bloomfield Road.
“He did a great job and it is no exaggeration to say he was the greatest manager we have ever had.
“However, he said he would never walk out of another job again after Plymouth.
“He said he had the values of honesty and loyalty – we need an explanation.
“I’m outraged. We took him on when no-one else was interested after he had been out a job for a year.
“We took a punt on him when nobody wanted him. There is no logic, no explanation to going to Crystal Palace.
“He has signed all these players and we deserve an explanation. He has set up this development squad within a squad – what will happen now?
“Why has he gone? Is it the players? Is it the chairman? Has he not been backed with transfers? I just hope we get the answers.”
Mr Bowley added the contender to take over the Bloomfield Road hot seat could already be in place at the club: “Whoever gets the job has big shoes to fill. He is a hard act to follow.
“Steve Thompson must be given the job as caretaker, especially with the game at Derby and a match on Tuesday – the players love him. He could be an option in a permanent position.
“Owen Coyle and Paul Ince are other candidates too.”
Chris Moscrope, Manager at The Burlington Pub, Lytham Road, Blackpool said: “I just can’t believe it.
“I have been here three years and have seen the impact he has had on the town.
“However the supporters deserve an explanation.
“How can something go so well and something like this happen? He has left a successful club to go to somewhere not even on our level.”
And fan Des Plowman, 61, of Pembroke Road, Bispham added: “I am gutted really but I can understand why he has gone.
“He was on a rolling contract and I think he wants more security.
“He has done really well for the club and put Blackpool on the map.
“I wish him all the best.”