Ollie: No-one’s place is safe

Keith Southern
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IAN Holloway has warned no one at Blackpool is guaranteed a starting place, and says he won’t be scared to change the team every week if needs be.

Ahead of today’s clash with Nottingham Forest, the manager has told his players they will have to accept his way of doing things.

Holloway has 40 players at his disposal this season, and he has vowed to use as many as he feels necessary to win games and give his team the best possible chance of challenging at the right end of the table.

He says this campaign will be nothing like Pool’s last Championship season, when they had a settled side throughout the year en route to winning promotion, via the play-offs.

“I won’t have a starting 11 and play the same team every week. I can’t do that and I won’t do that,” said the manager.

“I haven’t got the same obvious 11 that I had two years ago.

“They picked themselves because they won all the time. My midfield was Adam-Southern-Vaughan virtually every match, but it won’t be like that this year.

“The reason it won’t be is because we just haven’t got the same players and we will need to chop and change, especially the younger ones, because they go in and out of form and lose confidence.

“As a fan, you might not understand why someone played last week and not this week.

“But it is all about fitness, and trying to get certain lads up to speed.

“If they don’t do it, I will have to loan one or two of them out.

“Last time we were in the Championship, we won at Scunthorpe towards the end of the season, and our subs’ bench had Hameur Bouazza, DJ Campbell and David Vaughan on it.

“That sums up who we’ve lost and where we are now. It is a different set of lads and, as a result, I will have to manage them differently.”

Pool are aiming for their fifth home win of the season today against a Forest side now under the guidance of Steve Cotterill.

He replaced Steve McClaren a week ago and tasted success in his first game – watching Forest beat Middlesbrough 2-0 at the City Ground on Tuesday.

Cotterill is already one up on Holloway this season – he was in charge of Portsmouth when Pool lost with the last kick of game at Fratton Park last month.

“That was a painful one to take and I hope it doesn’t happen again,” said Holloway.

“But good luck to Steve Cotterill. He has gone and got himself a different job.

“It is a different team, a huge team. We managed to beat Forest four times in the promotion season, and it would be great if we could beat them this year.

“They played very well the other night against Boro, better than we did against Doncaster.

“But if I get my 16 right, then we might have a chance of winning. I believe we are capable of getting a result.”

Holloway is expected to start with Tom Ince – goalscoring hero in the Doncaster game – and top scorer Kevin Phillips.

Wigan loan man Callum McManaman is hoping to make his full home debut after impressing from the bench against Doncaster.