Ollie loves Rovers rumours - but there’s been no contact

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IAN Holloway insists he’s heard nothing from Blackburn Rovers about becoming their manager – but says he’s revelling in the rumours

The Blackpool boss has been strongly linked with the vacancy at Ewood Park all week.

National media reports suggest Holloway is high on Rovers’ wish-list and could be set to end his three-and-a-half-year spell as Bloomfield Road boss – but he told assured The Gazette he has had no contact with Pool’s Championship rivals.

Holloway said: “I’m the Blackpool manager and I’m very proud to be the Blackpool manager.

“I’m not going to waste time thinking about what might happen.

“I could choose to walk away from this job if I want to, but I don’t particularly want to. I’ve just bought a house down the road.

“The great thing about Blackpool is that we don’t deal with speculation. We don’t talk about it or enter into it.

“It’s simple – if someone did ring, my chairman would answer, tell me and it would be dealt with properly.”

However, Holloway stopped short of ruling himself out of the Rovers job, claiming he actually enjoys the speculation. I thoroughly enjoy working for this football club. I also enjoy being talked about,” he said.

“It means you’re doing something that’s good. Do I want the speculation to stop? No, I like it. It means my lads are playing well.

“Is it my fault clubs around here haven’t got a manager? No.

“What normally happens is they give it to someone who hasn’t already got a job.

“It shows we are doing something right, though.

“If we were diabolical, then I wouldn’t be linked to jobs, would I?

“I’ll tuck it in the top of my pocket for confidence, but in the meantime we have a game to prepare for.”

Blackburn are believed to have made two approaches for Spurs coach Tim Sherwood, their number one target.

However, The Gazette understands Rovers managing director Derek Shaw is a huge fan of Holloway and is trying to persuade the club’s Indian owners that he is the man for the job, even though it would mean paying a hefty compensation package to Blackpool.

The Seasiders manager is on a 12-month rolling contract, something the boss admits he wasn’t even aware of!

“I’ve signed as long a contract as I possibly can here,” he revealed. “I signed a contract which I didn’t even know was a rolling contract, believe it or not. The fans should be very thankful their chairman is as clever as he is.

“He gets slaughtered – sometimes rightly, sometimes wrongly – but he’s very, very good at what he does.”

Holloway has been linked with a number of jobs since taking Pool to the Premier League two years ago.

And he revealed he turned down the chance to join another club, believed to be Wolves, last season.

He added: “Until someone makes an official approach, there’s nothing to talk about.

“Last year that actually happened – Karl told me of interest. I rang him back and said I wanted to stay.”