IAN Holloway admits a day in front of the TV has made him keener than ever for a second crack at the Premier League.
The Seasiders boss had his family waiting on him hand and foot as the top flight reached its thrilling conclusion last Sunday.
And as Holloway watched Manchester City pinch the title from their Red rivals, it made him realise just how much he wants to triumph at Wembley and return to the promised land.
The boss said: “I watched that final day of the Premier League and it was absolutely brilliant.”
“I put my feet up for 90 glorious minutes and the kids looked after me, getting me coffee. By the end they had to bring me a beer because I was so excited!
“Watching that whole drama unfold made me realise once again just how good it is in that division.
“What happened with City and United was amazing, like that film Fever Pitch when Arsenal went to Liverpool and managed to do it on the final day all those years ago (in 1989).
“I have never felt so nervous in my whole life while I was sat there watching it. One minute QPR are relegated because Bolton are winning and the next they are staying up.
“The quality of Sergio Aguero’s finish ... it didn’t look like it was coming.
“It gives you goose bumps just watching it on TV, so to actually experience it, to manage or play in that division, it is absolutely the best league in the world. And don’t kid yourself – everyone wants to get there.”
Holloway and the Pool squad depart for Wembley today ahead of Saturday’s showdown.
They are staying in London for the next two nights and training at Bisham Abbey, the national sports centre, based next to the River Thames.
The boss added: “Our preparation has been spot on all week and it will continue to be for the next 48 hours,” added the boss.
“We have been here before so we know exactly how to get ourselves in peak shape for Saturday.
“I am delighted with how the lads are looking and we all know what we need to do.”
n WEST Ham are covering every eventuality and are practising penalties. The last time Sam Allardyce went to Wembley in 2000, his Bolton team were beaten on pens in the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.
And it is why this time he is leaving nothing to chance.
Allardyce said: “We are practising penalties every single day.
“We have a five in mind to take them and we will keep on practising, but of course it is nothing like taking them under the pressure of a cup final at Wembley. That sort of situation is as hard as it can get.”
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