Holloway settles by the seaside

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IF Pool fans wanted a sign that Ian Holloway isn’t about to walk out, this might be it – he’s looking for a house in Lytham St Annes.

The Seasiders boss has spent the last couple of years living in a village close to Pendle Hill in Burnley.

But he and wife Kim have decided they want to live closer to Blackpool next season, or at least that’s what chairman Karl Oyston claims.

“Ian’s had a good holiday around Rome and him and Kim came up (earlier in the week) to empty their property near Burnley,” said the chairman, who has had to deal with speculation that the manager might wan to leave the club.

“He has decided that he doesn’t want to stay over there, so we’re looking at somewhere in Lytham or St Annes for him to live.”

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Holloway’s season ended in disappointment when Pool lost to West Ham in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

The boss stated after the game that the club and Oyston had to match his own ambition if he were to stay at Bloomfield Road.

That led to the speculation about his future and he was the bookies favourite to get the Swansea job when Brendan Rodgers departed for Liverpool.

However, the Swans seemed to have turned to Wigan assistant manager Graeme Jones instead – which means for the moment, Seasiders fans can breathe easy.

According to Oyston, he and the manager have already talked at length about the plans for next season and are looking to bring in half a dozen new players in a bid to make another promotion push.