Holloway has transfer market masterplan

Ian Holloway and Steve Thompson have work to do in the transfer market
Ian Holloway and Steve Thompson have work to do in the transfer market
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IAN Holloway is plotting to turn back the clock and follow the formula which secured promotion to the Premier League.

The Seasiders manager wants to add an attacking midfielder and a striker to his squad before tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline.

But if he can’t secure permanent deals, he has no qualms about dipping into the loan market – a policy that has paid dividends before.

Holloway had huge success with loans during the promotion campaign two seasons ago, signing the likes of DJ Campbell, Stephen Dobbie, Barry Bannan, Seamus Coleman, Marcel Seip and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

All made important contributions and played a part in the Seasiders’ remarkable rise to the top flight.

Holloway said: “The chairman is back from holiday now and let’s see if we can add someone.

“Let’s see if we can get the right sort of character and person. Whether it is loan signings or permanent signings, who knows and who cares?

“It is about bringing in the right people. If you look at who we managed to sign on loan in my first season here, they were all pretty successful so I need to do that again.

“In the Premier League it was difficult to get loans in and I don’t think that helped us too much.

“It is much easier to make loan signings in the Championship and that is something I am planning to do.

“You can also make loan signings after the deadline, so none of us needs to get too stressed about what happens in the next couple of days.”