Holloway to beat the deadline he hates

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IAN Holloway says Blackpool’s emphatic start to the season has made adding to his squad even more important.

With Friday’s transfer deadline approaching fast, the Pool boss wants to add two or three players ... and to keep hold of a couple in his current bunch.

The Seasiders top the Championship after three wins out of three but that makes no difference to Holloway.

He said: “The way we’ve played so far heightens the urgency in the transfer market, I think.

“I keep saying how good I think we can be and how good we will be, and I want us to keep going.

“I believe the biggest thing we got right this summer was to develop the club. I want to build my squad and this club, that’s all I want to do.”

While fans will be looking at incoming business over the next few days, there is work to be done to keep players at the club.

Matt Phillips remains the subject of a bid from Southampton, while Swansea have tried to sign Tom Ince, who is bound to attract more attention after his recent performances.

Several young players who may be looking towards the exit door – Ashley Eastham, Tom Barkhuizen and Louis Almond are all wanted by clubs on loan.

But however exciting the transer window is for fans, Holloway hates it.

He added: “I’ll just be happy when the window closes, I despise it.

“The truth is it’s absolute nonsense. You watch the TV with the little clock and you think, ‘What is this?’ Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s like fantasy football all over again. We just want to play some football.”

Pool returned back to training this morning after Holloway rewarded his squad for their 100 per cent start to the season with the bank holiday off.

“It was an excellent week and the lads have worked really hard, so I thought they all deserved a couple of days off.

“The way they have played has given me all sorts of problems as they’ve all done so well. I’m not happy being in the Championship and I want to keep building.

“That’s a big statement from a little bloke but that’s what I believe. I believe in what I’m trying to do here.

“I’ve been here three years and I’m delighted with the structure we’ve been able to bring to this club, but there’s a long, long way to go.”

This Saturday the Seasiders face a tough test in front of the TV cameras at Leicester City.

Holloway’s record against his old side isn’t the best, but after the start Pool have enjoyed nothing seems to faze them.

The boss said: “It’s been a fantastic start for the boys and I’m delighted for them all.

“A couple of weeks ago it didn’t look like it was going to be like this, particularly the day before the start of the season when we had the Matt Phillips saga.”