LOMANA LuaLua says the only manager who compares to Ian Holloway is Tottenham’s Harry Redknapp.
The striker shared some happy times with Redknapp at Portsmouth and loved being part of Harry’s squad.
He never thought he’d find another manager like him ... until he came to Blackpool.
LuaLua said: “Ian Holloway is a passionate guy and in this football world you rarely get someone honest who tells it how it is. You either like him or not, but that is the best way.
“He tries to help everyone and it is good to have a manager like that, feeding you positive stuff.
“I had that at Portsmouth with Harry Redknapp and the manager here is similar. They try to make you realise that you are good enough, that you can play football. That is the best thing for a player, it’s what you want to hear.”
LuaLua has taken Bloomfield Road by storm since breaking into the side.
He helped the Seasiders to maximum points against Leeds and Millwall, turning in a couple of mouthwatering performances and displaying his full repertoire of tricks and skills. There were Premier League scouts in the press box for Saturday’s 1-0 win over Millwall wondering aloud why the 30-year-old hadn’t been snapped up by a top- flight club.
LuaLua is more than happy to be at Blackpool, though, and he’s aiming to give his all for the Tangerines. He added: “I am very grateful to Ian Holloway for giving me this chance because a lot of managers didn’t think I could still play. For him to believe in me means a lot.
“I can only pay him back by trying to perform on the pitch, so that’s what I will do. Every time I get a chance I’ll give it everything, especially with these fans because you want to give your all for them.
“From day one Blackpool fans have been encouraging me and they probably don’t realise how important that is.
“They have to know that we need them as a team. We need to hear that noise because it lifts you and gives us all an extra 10 or 20 per cent. I hope they will carry on supporting the team, not just when we are winning but also when things are bad. We have to stick together, so it is nice for them to be behind us.”
LuaLua will continue working on his fitness during Pool’s match-free fortnight, following a plan drawn up especially for him by the Seasiders coaching staff. The frontman hadn’t played for two months prior to joining Blackpool four weeks ago and doesn’t consider himself to be yet fully fit.
“I’m feeling stronger and I feel as though I’m showing a few people what I can do,” LuaLua added. “But this is not a comeback for me. It is not about showing other people what I can do or proving myself. I just want to enjoy my football at a club that plays football.
“I believe I came to the right club and the right manager, and I know for sure that I can bring something to the table for this team.”