IAN Holloway says a line can now be drawn under a fortnight of trouble at Blackpool FC – and all the focus shifted to winning promotion.
Saturday’s 3-1 home win over play-off rivals Brighton was vital because it lifted Pool back into the top six and dispelled much of the unrest over off-field issues.
A first goal of the season for Ian Evatt and a brace from the evergreen Kevin Phillips secured the points, though Pool again did it the hard way by coming from behind.
And a delighted Holloway, who was sick of matters away from the pitch detracting from what’s happening on it, said: “It is nice to draw a line under the last fortnight now and move on.
“My wife has been telling me throughout the last couple of weeks, which have been horrible, that it was nothing a win wouldn’t put right. . . and she was spot on.
“We all care about this club and there has been so much emotion swirling about. We are all clamouring to try to be successful, but the articles and everything that happened… it was the worst timing ever.
“But we have won a game now. It was an excellent three points against a team that hadn’t lost in 2012, so now we can move forward, and focus on these last nine games and getting as high in the league as possible.”
Holloway is at pains to point out he understands the fans’ point of view, but he stressed criticising “my really stubborn chairman” Karl Oyston won’t make things any better.
The boss added: “The problem is that when the original article was printed (a Mail on Sunday report revealing that £11m of the club’s Premier League profits had been paid to a company owned by Owen Oyston), Karl was away.
“Sometimes he doesn’t let us do what we need to do because he is looking at every single penny. In a funny way I am glad he does – he is always right, really.
“But it is like smashing your forehead against a wall sometimes, and the more people talk on websites – because he does read them – the more stubborn he gets, and the more difficult it is for myself and the club secretary to do what we need to do sometimes.
“There have been a lot of things said, but the bottom line is that my lads need to concentrate and not let it affect them.”
Holloway said he was sorry if he had upset any supporters with his view the Oystons can run the club any way they want.
He said: “I know full well that football clubs do belong to supporters.