IAN Holloway is heading into the international break feeling more like his old self – thanks to a rocket from a mate down the road.
The Seasiders boss revealed that Fleetwood Town manager Micky Mellon – a pal since their playing days in Bristol – rang last week and gave him the mother of all pep-talks.
Mellon questioned why Holloway didn’t show the same enthusiasm that had marked the first two years of his reign.
The conversation, which took place after Pool had been beaten 3-1 at Burnley, worked a treat.
Holloway decided to change his outlook, since when the 5-0 hammering of Leeds has been followed by Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 success over Millwall in Holloway’s 100th league game in charge.
The Pool boss said: “We looked like one of my teams in the last two games, which is very pleasing.
“We can’t play like we used to because we haven’t got the same players, but we need to have a group that enjoys their football.
“It has taken a kick up the backside from one of my mates in football, Micky Mellon, to help me realise that and sort it out. He rang me at the start of last week and absolutely slaughtered me.
“He said, ‘what on earth’s wrong with you?’ and asked where my energy had gone.
“He remembers when I first came up here, and I was talking about what I wanted to do at Blackpool and how I wanted to do it. But maybe I had forgotten that and sometimes you need reminding from someone else. After all, who motivates the motivator?
“I don’t want to take the credit for our last two wins because that boy Micky has made me realise how I was feeling and it was wrong.
“Maybe I’d lost something and maybe I didn’t believe I could ever get it back. It takes a mate like that to say, ‘Oi, come on you’. I hope I have responded, but thanks very much Micky. I’ll be keeping a close eye on what you are doing at Fleetwood.”