Business as usual for Holloway

Blackpool Manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool Manager Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway continues to be linked with the vacancy at Blackburn Rovers but the Seasiders boss is busy putting his players through a mini pre-season this week.

The squad returned to training at Squires Gate yesterday after seven days off and Holloway welcomed them back with a tough fitness workout.

The Pool boss said: “It was something we had always planned, even before the defeat to Charlton.

“We gave the lads some time off. The foreign players were able to get home and spend time with their families, which I think is important.

“But we must keep the levels of fitness up ready for the Burnley on Saturday, so we are putting the players we feel need that little bit extra through a mini pre-season at the start of the week. It will do them good.”

The odds against Holloway switching to Ewood Park have tumbled with the bookies in recent days, amid reports that he would cost Blackburn far less in compensation than their first-choice Tim Sherwood, the former Rovers captain now coaching at Tottenham.

But there’s no sign of change at Bloomfield Road, where the manager was again to take training this morning.

And he has spoken in glowing terms about the Blackpool squad this week, saying: “If you look at the Olympics and how those people behave, compared to some over-paid footballers – it’s disgusting. It’s really important that we set the right example and I’m so proud about the way these lads go about their business.

“I’m really positive, really pleased with my players.”