Ollie’s deadline day double vision

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway is hoping to bring in at least two players ahead of the deadline – but only if Karl Oyston answers his phone.

The Pool boss has spent the week speaking to clubs and agents about potential targets before the transfer window closes at 11pm tonight.

He revealed the Seasiders have a number of offers in for players, and any deals could go right down to the wire.

Club secretary Matt Williams travelled with Ian Holloway to a hotel in Leicester this afternoon ahead of tomorrow’s game, and are ready to do business.

But any signings depend on Holloway being able to get hold of Oyston.

“I haven’t spoke to my chairman as I haven’t been able to get hold of him,” Holloway revealed.

“I don’t know if he’s in hiding again or what.

“There are a couple of things I’m trying to do, players I particularly want. But if I can’t do those deals, I’ll just wait.

“A couple of things fell through yesterday, but I’ve added enough this summer to make it not a big deal.

“If I can do one or two deals, I’ll do them, but you sometimes feel you’re doing them for doings sake.”

Holloway revealed he spoke to a particular target yesterday in an attempt to persuade him sign for the Seasiders.

He refused to name the player, but revealed he is a striker and one who could go into his starting 11.

Holloway said: “I’ve told one of my targets last night that I really like him and want to bring him in. I hope he signs, but if I don’t, I can’t argue with my chairman.

“On that deal, my chairman has moved with his offer for once and he doesn’t normally.

“It looks like even after us moving, that the player is going to turn it down, so what can I do about that?”

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Some managers are famed for their dealings on deadline day and thrive on the pressure of beating the clock.

But Holloway is totally against it.

He said: “I’m getting tired of it all. Last night my phone was red hot, it didn’t stop all night. It melted to my ear.

“I turned it off for an hour to have dinner with my wife, and that’s the only peace I got.

“When I switched it back on, there were seven messages from agents – all driven by the madness of the transfer window.

“I’ll be glad when it’s shut and we can just get on with it.

“I’ve said it before, but personally I think it’s a restriction of trade.

“It’s stupid, we used to do things right with the first Thursday in March, what was wrong with that.

“It causes a bring and buy sale, or a bring and throwaway sale.

“It causes people to grab and stock things.

“It’s like the minute they tell people there’s going to be a petrol crisis, all the fuel runs out as everyone rushes and buys it all.

“The people who have made up the transfer rules have never sat in any of our chairs.”

Football fans love transfer deadline day, and are often glued to websites and TV for news.

During Thursday’s press conference, Holloway’s phone went non-stop, although it wasn’t the call he was hoping for.

He said: “I keep looking at my phone ringing and it’s not my chairman.

“Yesterday I was waiting to talk to him about a new target that’s become available, but if I can’t get hold of my chairman he’ll probably go somewhere else.

“I’m a person who likes to work with what I’ve got, so I’m not that upset if no one comes in.”

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