Ollie wants talks over club’s future

Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'Ian Holloway watches the Premier League ebb away. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'Ian Holloway watches the Premier League ebb away. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
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KARL Oyston will sit down with Ian Holloway in the next few days to discuss the manager’s position.

The chairman wants Holloway to stay, but it seems the manager wants confirmation that the club will use next season’s £14m of parachute payments in the right way.

Asked about other clubs being potentially interested in him as a manager, Holloway replied: “I have a year on my contract and I am looking forward to talking to the chairman and seeing what he wants to do with where his club was, where it is now and where we have gone back to.

“I am hoping that it is not going back as far as it might have been before we started this season.

“I have to sit down with Karl and talk about what he wants to do with this football club.

“I am very proud to have worked with him and I’ll be very proud to work with him again if he wants to work with me. We’ve all got to talk about where we think the club needs to go and where he thinks it needs to go.

“I want to agree with him and have I any doubts about that? Not really. I think he is a wonderful person

“At another club I might have lost my job already this season. Too many people say, ‘Is that manager good enough?’ or ‘Is that player good enough?’ when truthfully it (the question) is, ‘Is the club’s structure ready?

“You only have to look at Manchester United and their structure to know how it should be.

“It all takes time and it takes backing and it takes patience.

“Our structure is nowhere near where I want it to be or where it needs to be, but unfortunately we got catapulted into it last year and we’ve had to do the very best we could.”

Asked if he had the appetite to start all over again next season, Holloway said: “What other choice have I got?

“My job is to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear but this is the best sow’s ear I’ve ever worked with. I have to dust myself down and go back to work.

“Luckily I work for a chairman who hasn’t sacked me halfway through a season because I’m rubbish.

This game is completely mad, if you ask me. I’m not mad – I know where I’m going and I know what I’m doing.

“The relationship I have with the chairman at this club I am proud of, so we have to sit down and talk about where we want to go.”