Holloway: We won’t break up this time

Ian Holloway is met by a young fan as the Seasiders arrived back at Bloomfield Road on Sunday

Ian Holloway is met by a young fan as the Seasiders arrived back at Bloomfield Road on Sunday

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IAN Holloway is convinced his Blackpool squad will not break up despite failing to win back a Premier League place.

And the manager shrugged off speculation about his own future, insisting he is already looking forward to mounting another promotion push next season.

With the managerial merry-go-round set to go into overdrive, Holloway is certain to be linked with other jobs.

If Roberto Martinez moves to Aston Villa or Liverpool, Wigan are understood to have Holloway high on their list of potential replacements.

But after watching his team lose 2-1 to West Ham in a heartbreaking play-off final at Wembley, the Seasiders boss brushed away any talk of moving on.

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Holloway said: “What it means for is another Championship slog but I’m not low at all – I’m very proud.

“I witnessed what everybody else witnessed, and although it is West Ham laughing all the way to the bank and all the way home, I know how well we’ve played.

“Lots of their fans thought, ‘Why are Blackpool even bothering coming?’ but they will have gone home thinking, ‘Thank God for that’.

“What inspiration do I need to have the desire to carry on? Tom Ince and Matt Phillips for starters. How good are they?

“So I don’t want to talk about anything at the moment apart from my team and how proud I am of them, and the good thing is that I don’t think the squad will break up this time.

“That was the case last year, after a lot of them proved they could play at Premier League level.

“I never wanted to let the likes of Charlie Adam or David Vaughan go, but such is life.

“We’ll move on this time, hopefully with the same squad, and attract more players if we can.

“It would have been easier for us if we got that money again, but all of that is for another day. At the moment, I just need a bit of a break to recharge my batteries and then we’ll take it from there.”

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