Oyston: Holloway is staying at Blackpool

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KARL Oyston has dismissed speculation that Ian Holloway may be tempted to leave Blackpool as “wide of the mark”.

The chairman says he and Holloway are looking forward to next season and aiming to bounce back to the top flight.

Asked after Sunday’s defeat at Manchester United, which confirmed the Seasiders’ relegation, whether he would still be at Bloomfield Road for the Championship campaign, Holloway replied: “I need to sit down with the chairman and talk about the direction we are heading in”.

That led to media speculation about Holloway’s future but Oyston is adamant he has heard nothing to suggest the manager is anything but totally committed to returning Pool to the Premier League.

The chairman said: “I can’t deal with speculation or people’s interpretation of Ian’s answers, that’s not something I’ll ever trade in.

“If he has a problem, I’d expect him to come and talk to me about it. That would then be largely between myself and Ian, but that’s a big if and we can’t respond to ifs.

“People always covet what other people have in football. If they see something working, they think it’s as easy as bringing that striker, defender, midfielder or manager to our club. But it’s not always as simple as that because clubs are all different.

“The right manager for one club wouldn’t be the right manager for another club because the constraints or structures of clubs are totally different.”

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