Ollie’s plea: Don’t let the ‘negativity’ wreck season

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IAN Holloway has pleaded with fans to stick by him and end the negativity surrounding Blackpool FC, which he says is “breaking my soul”.

The Pool manager feels the revelations about an £11m payment to owner Owen Oyston out of the club’s Premier League profits threatens to derail his side’s promotion push.

Speaking to The Gazette, Holloway appealed to fans to ignore the doubters.

He said: “The negativity at the moment just breaks my soul.

“What’s gone on has incensed a lot of our fans and I don’t think that’s right.

“I came to this football club for people, to work with the people.

“I’m so proud of every player who wears that fantastic tangerine shirt.

“The fans travel around the country and cheer us on like no other set of supporters I’ve ever known.

“This is the best trip I’ve ever been on, and all of a sudden some journalist is trying to cause trouble.

“It’s not even accurate – it’s twisted.” While supporters at Derby on Tuesday night supported the side throughout the 2-1 defeat, internet forums suggest plenty of unrest among fans, even including talk of protests and boycotts.

But Holloway believes this is totally wrong, adding: “The success of a football club is all about what happens on the grass.

“If they’ve ever seen me try not to win a game, or try not to get a good performance, then they can boo and moan all day.

“If they see my team not competing, they can boo and moan. That’s the privilege they have.

“What I don’t want is for some person, who doesn’t know the truth, to write a load of rubbish in a Sunday paper and turn fans against us.

“The fans were magnificent on Tuesday night.

“All I want to say to our fans is that I think you have a fantastic football club here, which I’m very proud of.

“I’ve tried to bring it my best, and a bit more.

“I’m very proud of what we are trying to achieve.”

Holloway publicly backed the Oystons before Tuesday’s match, and he has again stressed his conviction that they are doing what’s best for Blackpool FC.

He said: “When I read the (Mail on Sunday) article I was totally devastated. I think it was so biased, so twisted.

“The things that have been written, and how they’ve been written, I don’t think is how it is.

“I don’t think it’s an accurate reflection of what’s happened at all.

“I don’t think any one single person should be singled out like that, and to compare us to Manchester United ... it’s nothing to do with it.

“Even I’ve been dragged into it now – people saying things about me.

“It’s nonsense. I’m just trying to do the best I can with what I’ve got.

“Why aren’t people talking about us as a massive success story? Because that’s what we are.

“We are such a success story, getting promoted with a £4.8m budget, that people don’t like it.”