KARL Oyston claims Ian Holloway has “completely” shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on a return to the Premier League.
And the Seasiders chairman says the manager is more focused than ever on the new season and on what he has to do to make sure the Seasiders are in the promotion shake-up once again.
Holloway spoke emotionally in the aftermath of play-off final defeat to West Ham, alarming Pool fans with threats that he may have to leave should the Oystons’ ambitions not match his own.
He was then linked with several management jobs, most notably at Swansea.
But those have since been filled by others, and at the weekend Holloway wrote in his national newspaper column that he was committed to the club.
Oyston, who is in daily contact with his manager, says that is certainly the case as far as he can make out.
The chairman said: “I would say the manager has shaken off the disappointment of Wembley, very much so. Not only that, I think he is as firmly focused as he ever has been about what we now need to do and how we need to do it.
“That is brilliant for us because it just means we can hit the ground running. That is why we are trying to get everything in place at the club, ready for him and the players to return.”
There was frenzied speculation at one point that Holloway was set to be unveiled as Swansea boss following Brendan Rodgers’ move to Liverpool. Several newspapers claimed – falsely – that Holloway met officials at the Welsh club for talks.
Asked if he had ever thought he may have to look for a new manager this summer, Oyston said: “That was never a consideration of mine. It was more a consideration for the media, who were pretty lazy or in cahoots with the betting industry to try to find some alternatives for other clubs’ managerial targets. But that was never a reality.
“It was always something that was talked about but never happened, which I honestly can’t believe. I can’t believe no-one has rung me and said, ‘I want your manager’. I can’t believe how lucky I am.”