Clear the air talks for Pool

IAN Holloway has held a Seasiders team meeting to clear the air and ensure there’s no hangover from the play-off final defeat.

It was the first players’ meeting since the 2-1 Wembley defeat to West Ham in May.

The manager sat his stars down for over an hour at their Squires Gate training ground to talk things through and make sure his side get off to the best possible start.

And Neal Eardley say it’s done everyone the world of good.

The Pool full-back revealed: “The vibe around the training ground is good. The manager got us together and we spoke about the play-off defeat and the plans for this season.

“He joked about telling us he’s sick of the play-offs and doesn’t want another Wembley suit.

“We believe we are good enough to do well in this league. I’m not going to say we are going to finish in the top two but I believe we can.”

Eardley played a big part in Pool’s play-off run-in. The Welsh international established himself as the Seasiders’ first-choice right-back after a frustrating Premier League campaign in which he found himself behind Alex Baptiste.

But he feels he’s learned from recent seasons and revealed his main aim for the coming weeks. He said: “I’ve not started the first league game of the season since I signed for Blackpool, so that’s my target. I want to have a good pre-season and start the first game.

“If I don’t, I’m not going to get the hump or anything, but I want to be in the team.

“We’ve had times of success at this club and they were brilliant. we’ve also had low times, like the final last season.

“We’ll learn from both of those and I’m sure we are all stronger. Everyone in the dressing room is more determined and certainly stronger. In the long run the defeat may be good for us.”

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Like most of the squad, Eardley kept himself fit over the summer and has settled back into training with ease.

Holloway has had the players on a strict weight programme to improve strength and stamina.

Eardley added: “I’m a little bit stiff after the first couple of days of training. We’ve done a lot of weights and things.

“Going off the first few days, the lads are looking in good shape.

“I wasn’t in the best of moods for the first couple of weeks of my holidays after Wembley. We are over it now, though, and we just have to be as positive as we can.”

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