Pool bosses’ positive talks

Karl Oyston
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KARL Oyston and Ian Holloway have had their first face-to-face meeting since the heartbreaking Wembley defeat – and it’s business as usual.

The chairman and manager met at Bloomfield Road and spent more than two hours in discussions.

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

Oyston described the chat as positive and as enjoyable as ever.

And he says it is full steam ahead with the plans to fine-tune the team over the summer and go again next season.

The chairman said: “The talks went fine and we had a good chat. We met as planned and we are plotting what we are going to do over the summer.

“We had very positive discussions about a variety of topics, ranging from players we can get in to how we can plan for next season.

“We talked about everything basically, and it was good to do that properly for the first time since Wembley.

“We didn’t rake over the old ground of what happened in that last game.

“That is something we are absolutely not going to do and had no plans to do.

“What we want to do is look forward, to look at what we are going to do now to strengthen ourselves.

“It’s as simple as that. That’s where we go next and there is nothing more to report.”

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There will be further meetings between the pair over the coming weeks, but the chairman sounded relaxed and there does not appear to be any immediate worry that Holloway may depart.

That was the concern among supporters, who know the manager is much-admired by other chairmen for what he has achieved in his three years at Bloomfield Road.

There are also rumours that Holloway may want a fresh challenge elsewhere, with a bigger budget.

Speculation may start again should Roberto Martinez depart Wigan, whose owner Dave Whelan is known to be an admirer of the Pool boss. And Holloway has already been installed as fourth-favourite for the Swansea job after Brendan Rodgers agreed a three-year deal at Liverpool. Brighton manager Gus Poyet is the early favourite for the Swans role.

In the meantime all is well, though striker Brett Ormerod says he wouldn’t be surprised if Holloway was targeted at some point.

The striker said: “There are a lot of big clubs who would probably love to have him as manager, so you can see him being a target.

“He has proved he is a very good manager. It has been unbelievable what he has done in three years at Blackpool.

“You could understand why other clubs would probably want him because he has done it on a shoestring budget. A lot of clubs will like that, particularly in the Championship.

“Obviously from a Blackpool point of view everyone wants him to stay because he has been brilliant. But it will probably come down to what he and the chairman think is the best way to take the club forward.”

Ormerod’s own future is also uncertain. He is no longer under contract but he will meet Oyston in the next month to discuss a new deal, with a view to continuing his long association with a club where he has made history as the only Blackpool player to score in all for divisions.

Ormerod says he has no problems with the current impasse and says you can’t argue with the way the club is run.

The 35-year-old said: “Regarding our chairman and the way he is, you can’t really argue with it because we have had so much success.

“Since he took the reins, we’ve had three promotions and the club has unbelievable financial stability, which not many clubs can say in these times.”

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