Oyston: No pressure on Ollie

Ian Holloway with chairman Karl Oyston

Ian Holloway with chairman Karl Oyston

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KARL Oyston says there is absolutely no pressure on Ian Holloway to take the Seasiders back to the Premier League.

The Pool chairman is delighted at how the Championship campaign is panning out and feels the club has a real chance of going up.

But Oyston says the manager will have his support no matter what happens come May.

Oyston said: “Because of the way we are structured, the good thing is that getting back into the Premier League is not something we absolutely have to do.

“We won’t face financial oblivion if we don’t, which is what actually happens to a lot of clubs.

“A lot keep the high cost base and don’t have any contingency clauses in their players’ contracts, so it is very difficult for them if they don’t go back up.

“There is pressure on them. There is pressure applied to their managers and it is hard.

“For us, there are no such financial or internal pressures to go up because of the way we structure things.”

Oyston regularly gets stick from fans for what some consider an over-cautious financial approach.

The chairman says he’ll never change, and whenever his methods are questioned he points to the progress the club has made since he took more than a decade ago.

He added: “The fact that we have aspirations to go into the Premier League is a resounding success in itself, because when we were last in the Championship we were happy just to stay in it.

“I am used to being criticised, but as for whether we are doing things the right or wrong way now, that should be assessed by our league status over the next two or three seasons.

“But now we have been in the Premier League, and we have the money behind us and a better squad, it is so much more likely that we can get back up. And for people to actually have that expectation is a real achievement to me.”