Blackpool facing transfer meltdown

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway with assistant Steve Thompson
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway with assistant Steve Thompson
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KARL Oyston reckons Ian Holloway could be in “meltdown” come the end of the summer.

The Seasiders chairman is referring to the frustration of the transfer market and all the work that has to go into signing new players.

Manager Holloway returns from holiday this weekend and will get straight down to working with Oyston to try to make signings ahead of the new campaign.

And the chairman has nothing but sympathy for the boss over the task he faces: “It is like doing a jigsaw with the picture faced down. It is horrific. I think Ian will be close to meltdown.”

Pool have found out in the few weeks since the end of the season just how difficult it is to get deals done – they have made phonecalls about dozens of players but have not yet had any joy in completing deals.

Chairman Oyston said: “I’ve got a book that I keep every transfer window, and there are quite a lot of names in there that the manager has targeted and quite a lot of things are ongoing.

“There are a couple in there who the manager selected as being targets. We’ve done checks on them and they’ve now been erased from the list because they haven’t checked out as well as we thought they might.

“There will be players offered to us who we will be interested in, and we are probably half agent-led and half scout-led.

“There are lots and lots of players out there for the manager to go through.

“I really don’t envy him because it must be a heck of a job to go through and put that jigsaw together. You’ve got to have confidence in the people you are bringing in.

“Then of course you select a player you want, and you’ve still got that process to go through where you make the offer, they tell you what they want and you arrive somewhere between those two points.”

Holloway will hopefully arrive back at Bloomfield Road refreshed and ready to go again.

He was understandably down after relegation but Oyston says it is important for everyone at the club to remain positive and start afresh.

“Everyone was down after relegation, not just Ian,” he said.

“The problem is we can’t be miserable. We have to pick ourselves up immediately and start planning for the coming season.

“We’ve got to get our heads up and get the heads of everyone around us up to prepare for the coming season.

“We need to do that because there will be a great deal of expectation, and that is probably no bad thing in some ways.

“But it can also be a weight and a burden on the team and the players.

“It is up to the board and some of the senior staff to try to make sure that pressure isn’t brought to bear on the players and the manager, and that we have realistic expectations of what can be achieved.

“We have to support the manager and players as much as we can in their attempts to have another good season in the Championship.”

Pool players return for pre-season training on Monday week.