Midfielder could have future, says Holloway

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ELLIOT Grandin could still have a future at Blackpool FC despite manager Ian Holloway questioning his commitment to the club.

But the Pool manager insists the Frenchman won’t be picked again until his attitude improves.

The 24-year-old has not been involved with the first team since he came off the bench and scored a penalty against Middlesbrough last month, denying Nathan Delfouneso the opportunity of a hat-trick.

But Holloway insists that isn’t the reason he has been left out.

He told The Gazette: “It’s nothing to do with the penalty. It’s about how you train, what you do and how you’re living.

“He’s got himself a flat around here but does he want to be here? The honest answer is I don’t know.”

Grandin cost the Seasiders £500,000 at the start of their Premier League season in 2010. Despite a decent first season in England, personal problems saw him return to France with Nice on a six-month loan deal. That didn’t work out and plans to make the move permanent were shelved.

And Holloway was incensed when Grandin refused to give two-goal Delfouneso the ball when the penalty was awarded against Middlesbrough.

It was an incident which incensed Holloway, and he’s not been selected since.

“I’ve sat Elliot down and asked him what he’s all about. I’ve given him four words I think are really important – commitment, encouragement, enthusiasm and enjoyment.

“I’ve asked him where are they? Until I get the right answers from him, he won’t get the chance to play.

“I’ve asked him to look up the words in French, so he understands them, and come back but there’s been no communication from him in a week.

“He isn’t going to get what he wants if he keeps doing what he’s doing.”

If Grandin can solve his off-field issues, there’s no doubt he will be an asset to Pool’s promotion chase, and Holloway hinted as much.

He told The Gazette: “In life you have to admit when you do things wrong, and learn from it. I’ve never met anyone in life who deliberately makes mistakes. Things happen and it’s about how you deal with them. There will be lots of mistakes between now and the end of the season.”

Grandin played 24 times during the Seasiders’ Premier League season, playing alongside Charlie Adam and David Vaughan in a very productive midfield three.