Ollie’s plea for patience

Ian Holloway

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IAN Holloway has appealed to Pool supporters for patience as the club continues to rebuild after its Premier League season.

The manager is delighted with the support he has had from the overwhelming majority of fans and wants that to continue – especially when it comes to backing his summer signings.

Holloway has been annoyed by fans criticising some of the players he has brought in on the internet.

Aware that he didn’t have money to burn during the summer, Holloway made two big signings in Kevin Phillips and Barry Ferguson, then concentrated on adding younger players on lower wages in a bid to turn them into stars of the future.

He is also aiming to use the loan market effectively, as he did during the Seasiders’ promotion campaign two years ago by recruiting DJ Campbell, Stephen Dobbie, Barry Bannan and Seamus Coleman on short-term deals.

But it was always going to take time to teach his new set of players how to play the type of football he wants.

And that is where Holloway wants those in the stands to show understanding and continue their support, even when things don’t go right.

The manager said: “At the moment it is all about patience and building.

“When I first came here, the football we played was good enough. The fans were happy with that and it didn’t matter too much what the score.

“But now the football we play needs to get a result, otherwise it isn’t good enough because our fans want to get back to where we were last season.

“That changes the whole ethos of Blackpool. Whether that is fair or right I don’t know, but it’s a fact.

“If you talk to Burnley fans, which I do a lot because of where I live, they feel the same. They feel cheated that they’re not in the Premier League. It shouldn’t get like that. You have to keep working.”

As for his transfer activity, Holloway explained: “I identify targets and the chairman has a go at getting them. I think we’ve done particularly well, considering what money I had to play with.”