Ollie: Hands off my lads

Ian Holloway
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Ian Holloway has sent a message to Premier League clubs hoping to poach his stars in January – we don’t need your money.

The Blackpool boss revealed that a couple of top-flight sides had made inquiries about “one or two” of his players over the past week.

But with the parachute payments and the left-overs from last year’s Premier League adventure, Holloway says he has no intention of selling.

The Pool boss revealed: “I’ll be more worried about January than most.

“Luckily we have some money and that helps me fend off offers for some of these wonderful lads we’ve got.

“Hopefully they’ll want to stay with us and they will believe in what we are doing here.

“Some things aren’t in our hands, I can’t really say when people might come in for our players and who comes in.

“We’ve already had a couple of calls about one or two of our lads.

“That’s between me and the chairman, though there’s no need at all for us to sell any of them.”

While Holloway refused to identify the players involved, the form of Alex Baptiste and Matty Phillips won’t have gone unnoticed.

But the manager hopes the dream of getting Blackpool back to the top flight will be enough to keep the stars at Bloomfield Road.

He added: “Our problem might be that if it’s Premier League clubs calling, the players might want to go back there.

“But I’m talking about us getting there again.

“However hard that’s going to be, I’m totally commited to it and hopefully my players are too.

“Let’s hope that the new boys in the Premier League keep away from our boys. I don’t think they are that much better than us anyway.”