IAN Holloway will block all thoughts of what he calls the madness of the transfer window and concentrate on trying to beat Sunderland tomorrow.
Victory at Bloomfield Road would haul the Seasiders past the 30-point mark and represent a giant leap towards safety.
But with the failed bid for winger Adam Hammill, who yesterday chose Wolves over Blackpool, and the ongoing speculation about Charlie Adam’s future, the manager admits it can be hard to focus on the most important matters.
“It really is a silly month and you have to be careful not to get sucked in by it all, especially when what matters most are the matches and trying to continue getting points,” said Holloway.
“I’ve always said I hate the idea of transfer windows and this one isn’t proving much better.
“All I really want is to get on the pitch and see what we can do against a Sunderland side who have a great manager in Steve Bruce and who will probably be desperate to get a bit of revenge after we got a bit of a lucky win at their place.
“They had about 35 shots on goal and we had about two, yet we won 2-0. They weren’t very happy about that and they have lost Darren Bent to Aston Villa this week, so they will feel they have something to prove.”
Holloway admitted he was disappointed to miss out on Hammill, who had been one of his main transfer targets.
The Barnsley winger was offered deals by Pool and Wolves, who both bid £500,000 to trigger a release clause in the 22-year-old’s contract.
Hammill chose Wolves, who offered higher wages.
“He had a half-decent contract at Barnsley anyway and then wages-wise we can’t compete with Wolves,” said Holloway. “I am not ashamed of that. They run their club, we run ours and they are ahead of us at the moment, but it was disappointing to miss out on him because I think he would have fitted perfectly into my system.
“But he played so well at Barnsley that he had choices and the lad goes with my blessing. Well done to Mickv (McCarthy, Wolves boss). He has a really good player, who I believe will improve. He is at the right age to kick on again. He would have fitted us like a glove but unfortunately we couldn’t get it done.”