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Ian Holloway

A big weekend

Two huge games this weekend which could either help us pull away from the relegation scrap, or put us right in the middle. Currently we sit in 17th place on 46 points, only 4 points above Peterborough who occupy the last relegation spot.

First up this afternoon is the Lancashire derby against Chicken FC who are also in the thick of the relegation battle. Onto their 4th manager of the season after the departure of Michael Appleton they have the squad win the remaining games but have relied on their home form too much this season. They are one place below on the same points, but with one game in hand due to their FA Cup run. Their run in isn’t too bad with them only having to play Cardiff and Palace, the rest of their fixtures are against fellow relegation threatened sides.

Checking the odds at TFBets Blackburn are favourites for today’s game but have a long injury list at the moment, including DJ Campbell who won’t be returning to face us due to an ankle injury.

Then on Monday we face Ian Holloway’s Crystal Palace. The meeting at Selhurst Park earlier this season had a little extra about it and we did well to grab a last minute point thanks to a strike from Dicko, how we could use him! I expect the reception to be good for Holloway, however once the game kicks off I’m sure he’ll start to get some stick.

The fixtures this weekend are pretty spread out, today only the Derby vs Bristol City match involves a team in the relegation battle. Bristol are rooted to the foot of the table and look to be odds on to go down at this stage. Tomorrow the big fixture is Sheffield V Barnsley who occupy the two spots above the relegation zone.

Two wins this weekend is a big ask. It would but us up to 52 points with 6 to go. No points could be disastrous, considering in the remaining six games we have to face Forrest, Burnley, Sheffield, Brighton, Derby and Bolton! Realistically a couple of points would be a good return from the Easter weekend fixtures.

Using the BBC Championship predictor I have us ending up on 52 points, however that target only being achieved on the penultimate fixture against Derby. Squeaky bum time as Fergy would say!

Next Blackpool Manager? – Thompson odds on, but Coyle to complete three-way manager swap?

So Karl Oyston is to move quickly with the new manager and it looks like it’s a race between Steve Thompson, Owen Coyle and Paul Ince.

Thompson is the easy choice, already at the club, little or no disruption in the next week, possible the cheaper for wages. Paul Ince is know at the club, he’s often seen at home and away matches watching his son Tom. He’s not managed since a stint at Notts County in 2010-11 and bar some time with MK Dons hasn’t really made the grade too often.

The third choice is Owen “Judas to the Burnley Fans” Coyle. Who for me did a really good job at Burnley and was able to get them playing some great football with signing some good players in his time. He did however split Burnley while they were in the top flight for Bolton, which in the end didn’t work out.

If he did move we would have seen a strange three-way job swap with Coyle leaving Bolton, to be replaced by Dougie Freedman who left Crystal Palace who in turn was replaced by Ian Holloway who left us to be replaced by Coyle. They don’t call it the managerial merry-go-round for no reason.



End of the glory years as Holloway departs?

Being a Seasider over the last few years has been pretty good, promotions, great players, entertaining football, improved facilities (just). The original work put in by Simon Grayson to get us to the Championship was continued by Ian Holloway taking us to the top flight. A great season in the top flight followed but ended in disappointment.

Ollie left for Crystal Palace yesterday which could mark the end of the era of success. In his column with the Mirror he mentioned that his wage at Blackpool was low for a Championship manager considering his performance over the past three years. It was also interesting to hear him explain that the football ambition of the powers that be at Palace were a big draw, a dig at the lack of passion that KO shows?

Ollie goes with my well wishes but has somewhat left us in a bit of a state. The confidence has gone from the players, our form has almost hit rock bottom with it hard to see where our next win comes from.

As for the new manager its most likely Steve Thompson will be appointed, he’s put his cap into the ring already and you can see it being an easy and cheap decision for KO to take. Worryingly, what manager would want to come in, they wont get paid amazingly, it would be a 12 month rolling contract, little money to spent and a huge squad to try to keep happy, oh and expectations of promotion this season, those expectations are starting to change.

Ian Holloway to leave?

After a sketchy run of form over the last two months and job opportunities calling in the past few weeks it looks like Ian Holloway’s term as Blackpool manager could be coming to an end.

The current situation is Crystal Palace want to talk to Ollie about the vacant position, but so far we have refused any offer and Ollie has taken training this Friday morning. However, talks are allegedly planned between Ollie and Karl Oyston, a point of no return may have passed with Ollie requesting such talks and he could be on his way soon.

It’s been an amazing, 3 years and 165 days under the stewardship of Ollie who brought us our first taste of Premier League football and some scintillating action on the pitch.

If he goes, it will be interesting to hear the reasons why, many will be hoping for a scathing attack on Oyston for a lack of funding, ambition and having to often lose out on countless transfer targets, many who we have seen become successful at other clubs.

The fat lady’s not singing yet…..

Pool Vs Nottingham Forest

Apparently we are down to the bare bones. Cathcart is out after an injury in the warm up at Burnley, apparently Evatt has a knock which means Kirk Broadfoot or Chris Basham could come in if Evo isn’t fit. It looks like the failure to bring in defenders in the summer is coming back to haunt us.

Barry Ferguson looks like he’s on his way out of the club on loan after not being able to hold down a first time place. Hopefully Ludovic Sylvestre will start who impressed in his appearance in the second half against Burnley.

But there’s no point in trying to guess the starting line up. Lets hope something does click tonight and we get back to winning ways. Our current run places us 20th in the form table. Things need to change quickly, losing to Forest is never fun.

Ollie To Rovers a Clucking Joke

So a few of our Lancashire rivals are without a boss at the moment. Bolton, Burnley and Blackburn. With no football in the top two divisions with the international break it seems that bored journos are looking to put two and two together and link Ian Holloway with the vacant position at Blackburn Rovers.

No truth in the rumour I hear you say! But there is. Rovers Global adviser Shebby Singh has done his research online and found out about Ollie and his chicken coop making abilities.

Rovers backers Venky’s are one the largest producers of chicken meat in the world so would need a manager with a skillset such as Ollie’s, to make chicken coops and manage a team in the Championship with a view to promotion to the top flight!

Best get looking for a new manager looks like a done deal! Dam that Shebby Singh with his ultimate football knowledge!

Cardiff 3 – 0 Blackpool

After the disappointment on Monday night Saturday was a chance to but that performance behind us and keep up with the leading pack. However if anything it got worst.

6 changes but the same performance and result. We tried to keep the ball and succeeded at stringing some passes together however with no real penetration or ever threatening Cardiff.

Cardiff must have watched us on Monday night and were able to simulate some of the play we saw from Hudderfield, winning the ball high up the pitch, playing the ball into the channels to split the centre paring of Evatt and Baps, firing balls from set pieces near to Gilks etc.

The sad thing about the game was Cardiff didn’t really need to try hard at all. They barely broke into a sweat with Marshall never being called into action.

Next up Hull on Tuesday night and it looks like another set of changes to come which can’t help with us trying to find some consistency and form. Let’s hope Ince, GTF and Cathcart are nearing full fitness, the less said about Saturday the better.

Spurs 1 – 1 Pool

What a day, what a game, shame we came away with only a point!

Another great day in the capital chatting with a range of fans from the Mansfield and Darlo fans there for the LDV final to the Spurs fans on the way back to Euston. Even strangers in London asking how we got on!

Ollie in the end got the right team out, Kornilenko just doesn’t seem fast enough for this level of football. It was a classic away performance with is soaking up pressure and looking to score in the break.

Credit to Charlie for sticking the second pen away, but again he wasn’t plaguing to his best.

Hopefully this results gives us a little more confidence going into next week! Up the Pool !!!


Ian Holloway’s Volkswagen Beetle is up for sale on eBay

Only Ollie, only Ian Holloway could have his old car up for sale on eBay. At the moment there’s 6 bids in up to £505 for a VOLKSWAGEN 1303 S BEETLE 1600 which apparently was owned by Ian Holloway.

Ian Holloway's Volkswagen Beetle is up for sale on eBay

The registration is OLY 607L and best of all it’s tangerine…ish. It would be great to see if driving around the Flyde coast with a Blackpool Fan behind the wheel!

Ian Holloway for BBC Coach Of The Year

A new facebook group has been started up over the past few days looking crown Ian Holloway as BBC Coach Of The Year in this years Sports Personality of the year. It’s an achievable accolade a fitting celebration of his time in charge so far and something he deserves.

At the moment there’s 688 fans of the group, every refresh of the page more are being added…. 695, 697, 699, 705. etc etch

I’ve spoke to David Armstrong who se up the Facebook group.

BFCBlog : Are you a BFC fan?

Dave : No, I am not a born and bred Blackpool fan. I am, and always will be, a Glasgow Rangers supporter. However I have tried to push the message through the page that the campaign isn’t just for Blackpool fans (although they have so far been very responsive to it). We already have Rangers, Celtic, Notts Forest, Dundee United, Motherwell,  Leeds United, Manchester United fans along with many guys and girls from Blackpool and Bristol Rovers who basically just all felt that Holloway should be in with a shout of winning the BBC Coach of the Year 2010 award.

BFCBlog : So have you been following Blackpool this year in the top flight?:

Dave : Of course, this year I have been cheering on Pool in every game as their spirit, style and determination has been a revelation in the money driven world of the EPL. Your captain, Charlie Adam, was a Rangers player for many years and was basically thrown out due to financial difficulties at Ibrox at that time. I know he is having a dispute with the Seasider’s board at this time however that has not stopped him from being one of the finest captains in the EPL this season. Thanks to Ian Holloway, he has also developed into the Scottish national side’s most technically-able midfield players along with Dorrans at West Brom, so I have further reason to be grateful to him.

BFCBlog : Why does Ollie deserve to be in line for the award ?

Dave: Holloway hit the nail on the head during the Rooney V Manchester United saga, and the Man United fans have taken him to their heart for that as can be seen from some of the posts on the campaign’s facebook page. What Holloway has at Blackpool FC isn’t just inspire a club, he is inspiring all of Blackpool and beyond. His famously outspoken approach to key issues both in the game and in society in general have been a breath of fresh air. That surely means, at the very least, he should be given a nod at the BBC Sport’s personality of the Year awards.

BFCBlog : Who are the competition Ollie faces?

Dave: I think there is quite limited competition from within the top level of the British game because perhaps money talks so loudly these days that it has become a game of who can you sign, not what can you do with what you’ve got. Maybe Walter Smith (Winning 2 titles in a row without signing a single player for two years) and possibly Harry Redknapp for his work at Spurs would be contenders, as might Chris Hughton for getting Newcastle back on track. In any case, I think that Holloway has done more with less – not just meaning money but also training facilities, working conditions, etc – than anyone else this year.

Cheers Dave, if you haven’t joined the group head over to face book and join now. I think there’s a real chance of him winning, Capello won it last year!

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