Holloway: I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place

Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway says the speculation about his future isn’t doing himself or his players any good – but he refused to dismiss it.

The Pool boss is being linked with every vacant job in the Championship and remains one of the bookies’ favourites for the Blackburn post.

He has refused to be drawn when repeatedly asked about the rumours, instead insisting he’s getting on with his job at Bloomfield Road.

But he concedes there has been an effect on his players.

Holloway said: “I don’t think the speculation does my lads any good, but there isn’t one thing I could say that would make any difference to it.

“None of the speculation has any facts behind it yet. My chairman hasn’t called me, and until he does there’s nothing I can say. I’m just getting on with doing my job.”

Burnley, Crystal Palace and Ipswich are also without a manager, and the Pool boss has been linked with them.

Holloway explained his reasons for refusing to fully rule out a move to any of the interested parties.

“I work respectfully for this football club and I don’t talk about anyone else,” he said.

“I hope that when I eventually leave this club I’ll get the chance to work for another one, so what you don’t do is talk about other clubs.

“I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. I can’t win whatever I say, so I’m just getting on with my job.

“I can’t talk about not wanting jobs at clubs and upset even more clubs’ fans. I’ve done that in the past.”

The 49-year-old, who is believed to be on Blackburn’s shortlist, is on a rolling contract as so is always 12 months’ compensation away from leaving the club. It’s believed Rovers would have to pay around £400,000 to take Blackpool’s manager.

The contract situation is something which plays on Holloway’s mind.

He added: “Life’s got to be fair, and I don’t think my contract is fair. It’s a rolling one, which makes Karl Oyston too comfortable.

“If Karl Oyston think I’m happy, I can’t have that.

“He knows where I am and I know where he is, and I’m just getting on with my job.”

Holloway again spoke yesterday of his pride in the job he’s done at Bloomfield Road.

He has never stated publicly he’s interested in a move and he will be in the dug-out for this afternoon’s visit of Brighton.

He said: “I’m damned well lucky to have my job right now. How many people would want it? The queue would be from here to Bristol, shoulder-to-shoulder, and quite rightly so.

“How proud am I of being Blackpool’s manager. How proud am I of the support I’ve had over my three years here. How proud am I over the way we’ve done things.

“Was it good is that there’s some recognition? All of football thinks we’ve done something right and people say, look at them.

“I’m going to be there today, desperate for a win. What more do you want me to do?”

Holloway has written himself into the club’s folklore. In his three seasons he has led the Seasiders in to the Premier League, missed out on survival by only one point, then lost a play-off final at Wembley to a late goal.

And he’s as passionate as ever when talking about the club.

“I came to Blackpool without having a job for a year,” he said. “I went to Swindon for an interview and they didn’t want me.

“I had Grimsby interested but I didn’t want to go there because of the geography. Those were the clubs after me then, so I’m flattered at who is being linked with me now.

“Blackpool gave me that job and I’ll talk to my chairman until I die about the job I’m doing here.

“All players here have put me on a different level now and I’m proud of that.

“Life’s about timing and choices, and I have no choice than to work here.

“I’m proud of what we’ve done. It has been hard, and it will be hard with Karl Oyston, as he’s fantastic at what he does.

“He’s so stubborn at times, but whatever happens between me and Karl I’ll never moan about it.”