IAN Holloway has thanked Simon Grayson for starting the ball rolling at Bloomfield Road
The Seasiders gained promotion to the Championship under Grayson in 2007. He returns to Blackpool tonight as the Seasiders take on his newly promoted Huddersfield side in a Sky-televised match.
And while Holloway doesn’t know Grayson personally, he was quick to praise the work the Yorkshireman did here.
The Pool boss said: “The groundwork he and Tony Parkes put in gave me a fantastic base to challenge the boys and keep moving forward. I’m delighted to have taken up the reins.
“I’ve done a couple of events with Simon and he’s a fantastic fella. The staff who were here when he was the manager speak very highly of him.
Thommo (assistant manager Steve Thompson) and Phil (physio Phil Horner) haven’t a bad word to say about him.
“He’s a fantastic manager and Monday will be a very tough game.”
Pool go into the game in third place but know a win will leave them top on goal difference.
Holloway rewarded his players with three days off last week but training resumed on Saturday ahead of tonight’s game.
He boasts a fully fit squad and isn’t expected to make too many changes this evening.
Holloway knows Pool have a tough task ahead. He said: Huddersfield are a really good side who look up for it.
“Simon did brilliantly to get them up and he knows a good player when he sees one. You can tell that because he’s taken Keith Southern off us.
“It was a strange decision to sack Lee Clark but they went up, so you have to say the chairman got it right.
“I’m glad Clarky got another job (at Birmingham) as I’m not sure he deserved to be sacked, but I don’t think Simon deserved to lose his job at Leeds either.”