No approaches for boss

Ian Holloway

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BLACKPOOL FC have not received any approaches for boss Ian Holloway, from Swansea or anywhere else.

The managerial merry-go-round is in full swing, with Brendan Rodgers off to Liverpool and Paul Lambert offering his resignation at Norwich.

With the West Brom job still up for grabs, there is speculation galore about which manager is going where.

It is no surprise that Holloway, stock high after three highly successful years on limited resources with the Seasiders, is linked with other jobs.

The Pool boss is most heavily backed for the Swansea job. He was the bookmakers’ favourite early on, though by the end of yesterday had been knocked into second place by Graeme Jones, Roberto Martinez’s assistant at Wigan.

A spokesman for SkyBet said: “We’ve suspended betting on the next Swansea manager after seeing a large number of substantial bets on Graeme Jones.”

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But that won’t stop supporters fretting, with internet mesageboards full of concerned Seasiders fans.

Holloway could not be contacted yesterday but the club has stressed that he and chairman Karl Oyston have had a productive and friendly meeting and that no other club has been in contact wanting to speak to the manager.

“It is all business as usual as far as we are concerned,” said Pool secretary Matt Williams.

“The manager met with the chairman on Tuesday and they had a good chat, and Ian came in on Wednesday afternoon to meet a player.

“There has been no contact from another club.”

“We are just getting on with planning for next season.”

Jones was also Martinez’s number two at Swansea and is well known to Swans chairman Huw Jenkins.

Swansea approached Jones two summers ago to replace Paulo Sousa, but the 42-year-old opted to stay with Martinez at the DW Stadium.

A spokesman for SkyBet said: “We’ve suspended betting on the next Swansea manager after seeing a large number of substantial bets on Graeme Jones.”

But that won’t stop supporters fretting, with internet mesageboards full of concerned Seasiders fans.

The one downside of Pool’s sustained run of success has been other clubs circling around the club’s assets.

Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan all left for Premier League teams last year, while Matt Phillips and Tom Ince are being targeted this summer.

But it is the manager himself, who is most in the spotlight at the moment, leaving the Seasiders and the their fans wondering if he will still be in charge at the start of next season.

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