IAN Holloway has vowed never to walk out on Blackpool.
The Seasiders, who head to Tottenham tomorrow, are still above the drop zone on goal difference with three games to play – a surprise to the many pundits who expected them to have been relegated by this point.
Their style of football has caught the eye of several Premier League chairmen, with West Ham and Aston Villa reported to be particularly impressed by Holloway’s achievements.
Pool chairman Karl Oyston says Holloway has a job at Bloomfield Road next season whatever happens in the final weeks of the season.
And Holloway himself has pledged his future to the club he is contracted to until next summer, saying he won’t make the same mistake he did when leaving Plymouth for Leicester in 2007.
Holloway said: “I had a contract at Plymouth. I walked out on it and I’ll never do that again,” he said. “I’ve a contract here until next summer and I am delighted about it.
“I am certainly never going to bite the hand that feeds me again, I can tell you that. Even if Real Madrid came in, I’d say no.
“My chairman would have to say, ‘These people have rung. They want you. I don’t want you anymore. You can go’.
“This job is great. I didn’t have one for a year, and I’ve had this job for nearly two and it has been fantastic.
“I’ve made mistakes in the past, but I’ve learned from them and I am very proud to be a very small part of a magnificent football club.
“It is an amazing club with an amazing history and I like to feel I have added to that.
“I have a great relationship with my chairman, who will choose whether or not I am here anymore because he runs the club fantastically well.
“I have signed a contract and if he wants me to stay after that, then it will be his choice to talk about a new deal.
“But as far as I’m concerned, I won’t ever be walking out on a contract again, and I wouldn’t have signed the deal I did here if I wasn’t totally intent on seeing it through.”
Holloway’s main focus during his weekly press conference was on Tottenham, a game he thinks could suit his side – even though Spurs have lost only one of 17 home league matches this season.
He wants his team to get at least a point because he believes the total needed to stay in the Premier League may be higher than he previously thought.
“We probably need another five points, one win and two draws. Who’s to say we can’t get that?” he said.
“We will certainly need to win one of our last three by the looks of it. Whatever happens, if we get to Manchester United on the last day with it still in our hands, what a huge achievement that would be.
“Nobody would have expected that. It could have been horribly embarrassing for Blackpool this season but it hasn’t been.
“Tomorrow is a huge game for both ourselves and Tottenham, for different reasons. Their fans will be turning up expecting their players to beat us and that might work in our favour.”