Ollie begs Pool over Phillips

Blackpool's Matt Phillips
Blackpool's Matt Phillips
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IAN Holloway has urged Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston to reject all offers for sought-after star Matt Phillips.

Interest in the winger is growing by the day, with rumours surfacing of bids up to £3m.

Several Premier League clubs are known to be courting Phillips, with Championship leaders Southampton also reported to have tabled a bid.

The 20-year-old has given a string of eye-catching performances, scoring two hat-tricks in his last four games.

And Scotland boss Craig Levein wants Phillips for his national team, courtesy of a Scottish grandparent.

Pool manager Holloway has made it clear he has no plans to allow Phillips to move on just yet, claiming the Seasiders must keep hold of their best players if they are to have a chance of bouncing back to the top flight.

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The boss says that unless one of the Premier League’s big guns makes a bid, Pool shouldn’t consider selling.

Holloway said: “Matty is a wonderful lad. He never sulks, he has bags of potential and I believe he will go one day to one of the top four or five teams.

“But until that happens I want to keep working with him because I believe we can be as good as the other also-rans in the Premier League.

“People can come and ask about him, but until he gets into one of the top four or five clubs he is better off staying with us, where he can play every week. And anyway, we might catch those top four or five the way we are going.

“Matty’s confidence is sky-high, and I’m not surprised others want him because I don’t think there are many better players in the Championship at the moment.