LEICESTER and Ian Holloway go together like chalk and cheese, or Shane McGowan and dentists.
The problems started in 2006, when Holloway was sent on gardening leave by QPR after being heavily linked with the Foxes’ managerial post.
Rob Kelly got the Leicester job and, after four months out of the game, Holloway took over at Plymouth.
A year or so later, Leicester came calling again and Holloway forced the move through by resigning from Argyle.
The dream job turned out to be more of a nightmare, though, with the Foxes winning nine out of 32 games under Holloway and slipping out of the Championship on the final day of the season.
Holloway left the club and had to wait a full 12 months before Blackpool invited him back into the game.
At the seaside, he has rebuilt his reputation and proved himself a terrific manager ... but he’s still having no luck when it comes to Leicester.
He has lost each of his three games against the Foxes as Pool boss, and after the 2-1 reverse at the Walker’s Stadium in November he remarked: “If I bought every ticket in the raffle I still wouldn’t win here. It was another disappointing night at this ground and I’ve had far too many here.”
Whether or not Holloway can break his duck tonight remains to be seen against a dangerous Leicester side that is inconsistent but brilliant on its day.
They have plenty of firepower in front two David Nugent and Jermaine Beckford, talented widemen in Lloyd Dyer and former Blackburn man Paul Gallagher (though the latter is a doubt with a twisted knee) and a midfield two very familiar to Pool fans – Richie Wellens and Neil Danns.
With the likes of Sean St Ledger and the experienced Paul Konchesky at the back, and the highly-rated Kaspars Schmeichel in goal, it is clear the Foxes have a formidable line-up.
Despite losing two of their last three league games (at Reading and Bristol City), they have been in decent form since the turn of the year.
A 5-2 hammering at Chelsea in the FA Cup on Sunday can’t have helped confidence but Nigel Pearson, as managers tend to, is looking at the positives.
“I felt we created a number of chances throughout the game and our attacking play at times was very good,” he said.
“But when you play against quality players and the defensive side of your game is not spot on, you are going to get punished.
“It was a big learning experience for our players.”
The Foxes have won five of their 18 away games this season, drawing a further five and losing eight.
No doubt about their main threats: Nugent is top scorer with 14 and Beckford, signed from Everton in August for £3m, has 12.