Ian Holloway rules himself out of running for vacant Blackpool manager's job

Holloway managed Blackpool from 2009 to 2012
Holloway managed Blackpool from 2009 to 2012

Ian Holloway has told The Gazette he has no interest in taking the vacant manager’s job at Blackpool.

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The 55-year-old is now out of work following his departure from QPR at the end of last season.

Holloway, who spent four years at Blackpool and guided the Seasiders to the Premier League in 2010, currently tops the bookies’ odds.

But when asked about the chances of him returning to Blackpool, he provided an empathic response.

When asked if he would consider the job, Holloway replied: “No.

“I’m still being paid by QPR and I have a year to go.

“I’m also doing some media work like I’ve done before and I will wait and see until October to see what happens.

“That’s when the crazy sack season usually happens and I’ll have to wait and see.”

Asked if he’s had any contact from Owen Oyston, he said: “Not in a million years would he call me.”

Holloway’s comments follow yesterday’s surprise resignation of Gary Bowyer, who shares the same agent.

“I only heard about the news this afternoon after speaking to my agent who is also the agent of Gary Bowyer,” he added.

“I’m just disappointed for the Blackpool fans. I think Gary is a fantastic bloke and he’s done a fantastic job.

“There must be reasons for it but that’s not for for me to talk about. All I know is that it’s a great loss for Blackpool.

“He’ll have his reasons and at the end of the day you’ve got to feel like you’ve got a chance. Whether he feels as if he had that or not, who knows.

“There’s been a lot of changes and a lot of upheaval and unrest and I think he’s dealt with it brilliantly.

“That’s never shown on the pitch. I felt the lads played with style and a passion and all I can say is well done to him.

“I think Gary has done the same as I did. We have no airs and graces, it’s all about the football. It’s about the club, the supporters and how the lads play without making any excuses.

“At the end of the day, his job is to manage to try and please the fans and play a certain way and Gary’s team did that.

“I loaned him Joe Lumley last season and he was absolutely fantastic for him. I couldn’t have been any more proud.”