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BLACKPOOL insist they have had no contact with Swansea City or any other clubs over manager Ian Holloway.

Reports in South Wales this week have claimed the Seasiders boss is a top target for the Premier League club and is rivalling Danish legend Michael Laudrup in the race for the job.

But Seasiders secretary Matt Williams stressed the rumours are without foundation as far as Pool are concerned.

Williams told The Gazette: “We would like to reiterate that we have had no contact with Swansea about our manager.

“As far as we are concerned there is nothing in it. Ian has not spoken to them and it’s business as usual.

“He has been busy planning pre-season as normal and we are all looking forward to hopefully going one better and gaining promotion back to the Premier League this season.”

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Swansea are searching for a new manager after Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool last month.

It has also been reported that they are hoping to confirm their new boss by weekend, which would appear to rule Holloway out given that the Swans have made no approach to Bloomfield Road.

Even so, the bookies still rate Holloway as 6/1 second-favourite for the Liberty Stadium role, behind former striker Laudrup, who resigned from his post as boss of Spanish club Mallorca last September.

The odds have lengthened on early favourite Graeme Jones, the former Swansea assistant boss who followed Roberto Martinez to Wigan three years ago.

Holloway continues to be linked with the vacancy at Birmingham City, following Chris Hughton’s switch to Norwich, and Midlands media outlets contacted The Gazette yesterday seeking information.

But again the Seasiders were adamant there have been no approaches.

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