IAN Holloway is determined to appeal against any FA ban, which means he will be free to sit alongside his old mate Micky Mellon at Fleetwood on Saturday.
Holloway is aware that the whole of the Fylde is getting increasingly excited by Saturday’s historic FA Cup clash between the Seasiders and their Fylde coast neighbours.
Not since November 1980 have the clubs met in a meaningful fixture and this weekend’s showdown will go down in folklore.
Holloway can’t wait for the match – but the shine may be taken off it today when the FA is expected to hit him with a minimum two-match touchline ban and a fine for his New Year’s Eve sending off at Birmingham.
Holloway was dismissed to the stand at St Andrew’s for kicking a water bottle on to the pitch.
The Pool boss has already served a one-match ban this season, after getting his marching orders at Coventry in September, and it is anticipated the FA will punish him further for his latest offence.
Any touchline ban would come into effect immediately, but if Holloway appeals – as he says he will – he would be free to occupy a seat in the dugout until the appeal is heard.
The Seasiders boss said: “I have done absolutely nothing and will I appeal? Yes, absolutely.
“I have spoken to the people who matter and I will sit down with the FA. I have done nothing. I take full responsibility but they need to look at what happened.
“My behaviour against Middlesbrough was far worse because I was angry. I feel aggrieved and I don’t like it. I want some justice (for what happened at Birmingham) because it is totally wrong.”
Pool have announced that the live beam-back of the Fleetwood game to Bloomfield Road is selling out fast.
All tickets for the sponsors lounge have been sold and there are fewer than 100 remaining for the Seasiders Bar. Tickets are priced £5 each and are available at the ticket office on (01253) 685000.