Holloway on ‘bit of a disaster’ deadline day

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IAN Holloway admits deadline day was a “bit of a disaster” but he has told Seasiders supporters not to fret.

The manager signed Daniel Bogdanovich and James Hurst but expected to bring in more – and the man Holloway was most miffed about missing out on was Macclesfield striker Emile Sinclair.

Pool were pipped at the post by Peterborough in the race to sign the 23-year-old, who scored 17 goals in 86 appearances in League Two.

But Holloway insists he has no qualms with the club’s transfer policy and remains more than happy with his squad. He intends to sign more attackers when the loan market reopens next week.

The manager just hopes supporters are as relaxed as he is.

Holloway has made a habit of reading fans’ internet messageboards in recent weeks and doesn’t always like what he sees.

The boss said: “We had a bit of a disaster on deadline day, I have to say. It was a very frustrating day because I expected at least a couple of other players but unfortunately it didn’t materialise.

“But luckily we are not in the Premier League and we can do some business next week, the week after and the week after that ... and this is what our fans have to realise.

“Do people not realise Blackpool shouldn’t even have got to the Premier League, considering the budget we were on? The club might never get there again, so I think the fans have been spoilt and that’s why I don’t like some of the things I read. Things like that start poisoning football clubs if they continue and that is dangerous.

“The truth is that deadline day was frustrating, really frustrating. They normally are, to be fair, but I think this was the worst one I’ve ever been involved with.

“But it isn’t crucial because the window is open for us next week.

“We have to wait a week, then there will be loads of people without any money, who can’t afford to pay their players properly. We’ll be able to step in and maybe do some loan deals because the window is different for us.”

Holloway had given a list of 18 players to chairman Karl Oyston on deadline day but it proved difficult to get any deals done.

As well as missing out on the likes of Jason Scotland, Jason Puncheon and Stephen Quinn, the Seasiders are also understood to have made offers for Leicester’s Martyn Waghorn and Rob Hulse at QPR.

“I would have had Jason Scotland,” said Holloway of the Ipswich frontman. “I would have definitely taken him with the way we play. He has played for Swansea and I could have played Kevin Phillips off him.

“Jason Puncheon I’d been after for ages. But if QPR were sniffing around the lad is going to want to go to the Premier League, and maybe that is the reason we didn’t get him. The whole day was very disappointing but I am sure we can get over that in the next couple of weeks because I like my squad – I’ve got some cracking players here.

“I just want to add to it. I want to bring people in and try to replace some of the players we have lost over the summer.”