Oyston: I want Premier League return

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KARL Oyston insists he is just as determined as Ian Holloway to get Blackpool back in the Premier League.

Despite the Seasiders rising from the bottom division to the top during Oyston’s 13-year tenure, there are still fans who question his methods and, in particular, his ambition.

But Pool’s supremo says there is only one place he wants to be.

“I absolutely want to be in the Premier League. Everyone wants to be at the top of whatever profession they are in, and it is no different for me,” said the chairman.

“That is why I, and everyone else associated with the club – because we all want to be at the top – were very disappointed with what happened at Wembley, especially as we played so well.

“Of course, I want to take this club back to the top division.

“But as chairman, I have to do things in an objective and measured way, not an irrational or emotive way.”

That measured approach will mean another summer of careful planning and building rather than all-out spending, as some supporters crave.

Oyston has already said he won’t change his methods, something he has told manager Ian Holloway in person.

There will be money to spend – with the club expected to make up to half-a-dozen new signings – but there will be nothing too dramatic.

Whether that has any bearing on whether Holloway stays at Bloomfield Road remains to be seen.

The manager is being linked with other jobs, notably Swansea – though there has been no official approach, from the Swans or anyone else.

Oyston has said he wants his manager to stay, but at the same time he won’t stand in Holloway’s way should a bigger club come calling.

Oyston said: “You can never second guess what other clubs are going to do, and as I’ve said on many occasions, other clubs covet one part of a machine that works.

“But taking that part and installing it at another club doesn’t necessarily mean they will replicate the success of the club they took the part from.

“Leeds proved that very ably by taking Simon Grayson. It didn’t really work for them.

“It is the same with players. Certain players do well at certain clubs. Charlie Adam is a good example.

“I’m not saying he hasn’t done well at Liverpool, but he will admit himself that he isn’t the main man any more.

“He was the main man at our club. The team was built round him. That was never going to be the case at Liverpool, so it was always going to be more difficult for him.

“It is the same with the manager, the assistant manager, any individual – they wouldn’t necessarily have the same success somewhere else.

“I think people always need to be very cautious when they make a move.”