Oyston: Holloway is here to stay

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KARL Oyston says Ian Holloway will be Blackpool manager next season no matter what happens in the next few weeks.

And the Seasiders chairman insists if the worst does happen and the club is relegated, Pool will be in a strong position to bounce straight back up.

Oyston has complete faith in Holloway’s ability and is delighted with the way the Premier League season has gone.

He believes it is a terrific accomplishment for Pool to be in the position they are – outside the drop zone with three games left.

Oyston said: “It is still in our hands, which is a fantastic achievement by the manager and the team.

“I think we’d all have settled for it being in our hands with three games to go.

“But the only time the league table matters is after the final whistle on the last day.

“I think we’ll give it our best shot and the team will do the very best they can, which is all we can expect from them.

“Whatever happens, we’ve had a fantastic season. I certainly hope Ian will be manager next season. And unless he’s told you different, he will definitely be the manager here next season.”

There is a concern among some supporters that if the club does lose its top-flight status when the season ends on May 22, it may never regain it.

Oyston responded: “I think the supporters who say that are the same ones who said we’d never come up in the first place, so my message would be to keep the faith and keep supporting the team. Try to be positive.

“I think we’ve got a really good, positive manager, who has an eye for talent and can get the best out of people.

“If the worst happens – which hopefully it won’t – I think we’ll have as good a chance of coming back up as anyone if we all keep together. We will be a strong club forever.”