New Blackpool boss turns to Holloway for advice

Gary Bowyer will attempt to deal with the crazy world of Blackpool FC the Ian Holloway way.

Friday, 24th June 2016, 6:00 am
Pool greats Adam and Holloway both spoke to Bowyer
Pool greats Adam and Holloway both spoke to Bowyer

The new Pool boss spoke to the club’s legendary manager last week and asked how best to handle a job described by his two predecessors as “impossible”.

And Bowyer has revealed he will be embracing the club’s faults rather than moaning about them.

“These days some people can be pampered in football and moan, but I’m old school,” he said.

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“We’ll be embracing it all and doing the best we can with what we’ve got here.

“I’m working on a similar mentality Ian Holloway had when he was here – I’m going to embrace the way the place is.

“I can only affect what I can change and that is the squad and the players, so we’ll be working as much as possible to make the most of what we have.

“This is a no-excuses environment now. We won’t be making any.”

Holloway is one of the most successful managers in the club’s history, having guided Pool to the most unlikely of promotions to the Premier League in 2010.

He was one of the first people Bowyer contacted on getting the job as was another Pool favourite, midfielder Charlie Adam.

And Bowyer hopes that hearing stories of what worked here in the past can really help him in the coming season.

He said: “I spoke to Ian last week on the phone to get as much information as I could on the club. I have a similar mindset.

“I’m hands on and I’m just going to get stuck into what needs to be done.

“There will be no excuses, no moaning.

“We all knew what we were coming to here football-wise and I’m going to try to attack it head on.”

Blackpool’s players return to training on Wednesday and have all spoken to Bowyer since he took the job at the start of the month.

And so far their response has impressed him. “I thought it was important to speak to everyone and see what their thoughts were,” said the manager, who turns 45 on Sunday.

“I’m pleased I’ve been able to do that and to have met a few of them face to face, which is important.

“I’m happy with the response I’ve had, and it’s now all about looking forward to Wednesday and getting everyone back.”