Holloway plans Blackpool future

Last updated : 08 January 2010 By The Seasider

The 46-year-old, who became Blackpool manager in May, has guided the club up to eighth in the Championship.

"It is very flattering but I'm not going anywhere," Holloway told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"I've got a contract that suited the club and myself and I fully intend to work that all the way through."

Holloway added: "I'm thoroughly enjoying my work. I'm more than happy doing my job and the chairman [Karl Oyston] will need a massive tub of cream to get rid of me. I'm like a bad rash and not easily cured."

The Blackpool manager revealed he has a long-term strategy at Bloomfield Road and is currently in discussions with the board to bring new players in during the January transfer window.

I don't think the chairman gets a fair view from our fans - I'm thoroughly enjoying working with him

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

"I had a long chat with the chairman this week and he just gives me total clarity all the time," said Holloway.

"We're actually trying to buy some of our own players to add to the squad in positions where I think we're light.

"I hope to bring the right age group that will become sellable assets in the future and hopefully I'll replace them before they get sold on so we have a continuing loop of good players."

Holloway added: "Eventually the level of our play and the way they play will be ingrained in them. People will like it and it'll become sought after and people will buy our players. We'll then be a good company who can then build and put itself on the map rather than ask two very rich men [president Valeri Belokon and majority shareholder Owen Oyston] to keep coughing up money and throwing it away every year.

"We've got a very good structure here that's working and there'll be no stone unturned worldwide. We're looking for stylish players who can play in a continental way."

Blackpool are due to travel to Cardiff City on Saturday - one of the few games across the country currently unaffected by weather problems.

But with defenders Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards both suspended following red cards against Ipswich in the FA Cup last Saturday, Holloway admitted Oyston set his mind at rest about adding to the squad after bringing Andy Butler in on loan from Huddersfield.

"I was panicking a little bit about the centre-half situation and his comments were absolutely fantastic," added Holloway.

"He [Oyston] said 'we'll deal with the short-term one and then we'll sort the long-term situation. If you had two centre-halves to pick from on Saturday you wouldn't feel this way, would you?' I said no, so he then said we'll deal with the longer term problem.

"It's nice to get someone who makes commonsense of things. I don't think he [Oyston] gets a fair view from our fans and I'm thoroughly enjoying working with him."

Source: BBC Sport