A BUOYANT Ian Holloway has outlined his plans for bringing long-lasting success to Blackpool, and thanked the fans for adopting him so wholeheartedly.
The manager was in exuberant mood after Saturday’s 5-0 home thrashing of Bristol City, which left the Seasiders just one point outside the top six and in a healthy shape heading into the two-week international break.
Holloway talked at length about his bid to improve Blackpool FC for the better, not just now but for years to come.
The boss said: “There are all sorts of things I’ve got to do and it is really exciting.
“I’ve got a long, long memory and a long, long nose – the same as an elephant – and I haven’t forgotten what I wanted to do when I came here.
“I think we have moved forward in the last two years and we are continuing to.
“Saturday was better than the previous two games. If you read the stats – how much of the ball we had, how many long diagonals we hit, how accurate they were, how many times we got the ball in the box and got people on the end of it – they will read much better than for those games.
“That’s all you can do, and hopefully your ethos and your identity as a club will last a lot longer than just one season or two seasons.
“I want to build something that fans are proud of and I have to say I am very proud of our supporters.
“I sat in the ground on Saturday as a Bristolian. I am playing against the bigger club from my city and my crowd didn’t stop singing. They made an atmosphere that was absolutely spectacular.
“All I can do is be very proud that the Blackpool people have adopted me the way they have. I am very proud of my team and my club, and of everything we are trying to achieve.”
Holloway is delighted at the success of his rebuilding after losing star trio Charlie Adam, David Vaughan and DJ Campbell in the summer.
He feels his new team is still a work in progress and added: “It is still a new group, who are trying to play in a very tough division against other really good teams. Any week you just flick a coin in this division, to be perfectly blunt, because anyone can get a result.
“What people forget is that most of the better young players had been snapped up way before we got any money from the Premier League.
“I think we’ve done well to get Tom Ince. I thought he gave a bright performance.
“People said (Daniel) Bogdanovic was washed up, no good and couldn’t play, and he scored two.
“I am sick and fed up of what other people think. We just have to get on with it, stay buoyant and keep trying to pass the ball.
“Sometimes on Saturday we passed it lovely; other times we looked a bit sticky.