May 5, 2011 | In: Articles
Ian Holloway admits he would never walk out on Blackpool
Ian Holloway has committed his future to Blackpool following speculation that he might leave the club.
The Tangerines boss admits he has made mistakes in the past, having resigned as Plymouth boss, and vowed that he will not renege on a contract again.
“I had a contract at Plymouth, I walked out on it and I will never do that again,” Holloway said.
“I’ve got a contract here for this year and next year and I’m delighted and very proud to be a very small part of a magnificent football club.
“I saw it again the other evening, the statue we have outside now of Jimmy Armfield – this is an amazing club with an amazing history, and I like to feel that I have added to that.”
The Blackpool boss is delighted with the situation at the club and revealed he has a good understanding with chairman Karl Oyston.
“I’ve got a great relationship with my chairman, who will choose when I’m not here anymore,” Holloway said.
“I wouldn’t have signed my contract for the length that I did if I wasn’t totally intent on seeing it through.”
Asked what would happen if he were to be headhunted by another club, Holloway said: “It would be nothing to do with me – my chairman would have to say ‘these people want you, I don’t want you anymore and you can go.’
“If he doesn’t want me to go then I would be happy to sit with him and discuss the length of a contract.
“Football isn’t how it used to be, but this football club is and that is what I love about it.
“Every day I’ve been at this football club I’ve tried to treasure it and polish the badge, and I haven’t finished polishing yet.
“I was polishing Plymouth and I decided to leave that. I never explained why and I hate to say it, but I was wrong.
“I’m sorry for that and I’m sorry to Leicester for letting them down.
“I’m certainly never, ever going to bite the hand that feeds me.
“I make mistakes once and learn from them, and that is what I have done.”
The Seasiders currently lie in 17th place and are only out of the relegation zone due to goal difference, but chairman Oyston admits he is still happy with their season and would not be concerned if they went down.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: “Whatever happens, we’ve had a fantastic season. I certainly hope Ian will be manager next season. And, unless he’s told you different, he will definitely be the manager here next season.
“It is still in our hands, which is a fantastic achievement by the manager and the team.
“I think we’d all have settled for it being in our hands with three games to go and the only time the league table matters is after the final whistle on the last day.”