Blackpool would have sent youth team to Europa League

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
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POOL have missed out on a place in Europe but Ian Holloway is delighted – he reckons he would have had to send his youth team to play in the competition.

The manager believes a lengthy period of rest and recuperation this summer is essential if the Seasiders are to have any chance of success next year.

And dragging the squad back in mid-June to prepare for a Europa League tie would have been a nightmare for the boss.

Thankfully for him, if not the fans, that is no longer an issue after Pool missed out to Fulham by the narrowest of margins in the Fair Play League.

Holloway said: “We couldn’t possibly have played in Europe because no-one could have asked these players to start playing again in two weeks. Our youth team would have had to go over.

“And to me we wouldn’t have earned a place in Europe. We weren’t good enough to earn it on the pitch, so why should we get in just because we are a nice respectable bunch of lads? I didn’t want that.”