Holloway refuses to rise to Green’s bait

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

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IAN Holloway has refused to hit back at BBC commentator Alan Green.

The Seasiders boss was the victim of a fierce attack by Green, who accused Holloway of craving attention and not talking sense.

Green made his comments in his column in the Belfast Telegraph.

However, Holloway used his own newspaper column in the Independent on Sunday to respond – and it wasn’t what many might have expected.

The Pool boss said: “Anyone expecting me to bite back is going to be disappointed because I have no problem with that at all.

“I have listened to his commentary on the BBC and I like him. He is very good at his job.

“One thing you should never do in life is sit on the fence and I don’t think he does. He says it how it is.

“I don’t think he means to upset anyone but if you are paid to give an opinion on things, then naturally you will offend people from time to time.

“I’m not going to shoot anyone down for doing that because I think I’m the same – if I’m ask for an opinion, I’ll give it and if it upsets someone so be it.

“As long as those who give it out can take it, then fine. Alan’s comments are water off a duck’s back.

“We are both trying to be good at our job. If he doesn’t think I am, then fine – that is his choice.”

Green, the BBC’s main football commentator alongside Mike Ingham, had written: “Most seem to find him (Holloway) ‘a breath of fresh air’ with his outspoken, at times outlandish comments. Thrust a reporter’s notebook, microphone or camera in Holloway’s direction and you can be sure he’ll give you a ‘quote’. Few ask if it makes any sense.

“And, boy, does Holloway crave the attention managers get in the Premier League. Trouble is, he’s forever butting his nose into areas that don’t concern him.

“If Blackpool go down, we’ll see less of Holloway: no bad thing.”