Football legend backs Pool to beat drop

Sir Geoff Hurst

Sir Geoff Hurst

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BLACKPOOL have been backed to avoid relegation by one of England’s football greats.

Sir Geoff Hurst, the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final, thinks Ian Holloway’s men have more than enough about them to beat the drop.

“I’ve seen a lot of Blackpool this season on the TV and, as most football commentators will tell you, they have been a breath of fresh air,” said the 1966 hero.

“They might have been in freefall in recent weeks but they have brought a lot to the league. They are prepared to go out and play and score goals.

“Their style sometimes leaves theme a little open at the back, but that will always happen.”

Sir Geoff, who fired 24 goals in 49 games for England, is a longtime fan of Pool boss Ian Holloway, and thinks the Seasiders are good for the Premier League.

“They have a top manager in Ian Holloway, who I’ve watched since before he hit the big time in the Premier League,” he said.

“I really like him as a character, and as a person.

“The sport needs great characters like him, who are prepared to say what they really think.

“I do hope Blackpool can survive this year, particularly because of Holloway ... but obviously not ahead of my own team, West Ham!

“It will be difficult for Blackpool, but I think they can stay up.”

“Promoted teams are usually very cautious in their approach, but the negative teams have also gone down in the past.

“Because of the style Blackpool play, it would be fantastic if they could stay in the Premier League.

“They are good for the Premier League and I think everyone connected with it would love to see Blackpool stay up.”