Holloway wants top two finish

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IAN Holloway has shown his commitment to Blackpool by claiming he can take the team up automatically next season.

The future of the Seasiders boss has been the subject of much speculation this week.

Holloway’s outstanding record in his three years at Bloomfield Road means he is likely to be a target for others during the summer.

It was mooted that the manager may be ready for a change of scenery, especially after the crushing disappointment of coming within a whisker of getting back to the Premier League against West Ham at Wembley.

But if Holloway is considering moving on, he’s doing a good job of hiding it.

The manager said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everybody at the football club – the people behind the scenes, the people on the pitch, the people on the terraces – for another absolutely marvellous season.

“We’ve come an awful long way – unfortunately we didn’t get that last step but we are on our way to it.

“It isn’t what you do, it is how you do it, and I am absolutely bursting with pride at how well the boys played and at the run we’ve had. It has just been a fantastic season.

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“I have wanted to play this exciting brand of football all my life but I just cannot believe how well we are doing it at Blackpool.

“Let’s have a decent summer and hopefully the boys will come back fully fit because we are going to go for it next year.

“I am sick and fed up of these play-offs – let’s go for automatic.

“That’s what I want and I can’t see any reason why we can’t do that. I can’t wait to see everyone again in July.”

The manager also paid tribute to the fans for their support over the course of the season. He has repeatedly asked the crowd at Bloomfield Road to encourage rather than expect from his team, and he feels the punters have given him that in spades.

He added: “I think every fan is a massive part of what we have achieved at this place over the last three years.”

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