Back Olly in quit threat
Blackpool manager and quite possibly OTP’s favourite football manager ever Ian Holloway has threatened to quit his job if he faces Premier League action over his team selection for last night’s match against Aston Villa.
Holloway made 10 changes ahead of the match, but the Seasiders were just minutes away from secured a respectable 2-2 draw at Villa Park, only to concede a late James Collins header.
Olly said: “I’d pack in, I can’t work for this madness. I would resign. They do not know what they’re talking about.
“You haven’t got to be a genius to work out what happened to Wolves last year and how wrong that was. [Wolves manager] Mick McCarthy can pick whoever he likes.
“We deserved at least a point and how dare anybody tell me the players I’ve been working with, I can’t treat them with respect and give them a chance. [My reserves] should have played before now. I wasn’t sure they were ready, but tonight they have enhanced their reputation with me.
“Let some person from the Premier League even try to tell me who I can pick. I am the manager of Blackpool Football Club and I select people to come to the club and play them whenever I want.
“I’m going to come here and try to beat Aston Villa and I’m going to go to West Ham and try to beat them and all. If I pick a different team, I’ve got every right to do what I like.
“Let them try and fine me, it’s an absolute disgrace. I’ll show the Premier League. We were a credit to football, and let the Premier League try to tell me otherwise.
“You’re so rude and being so disrespectful to my players.”
OTP is fully behind Olly and here’s why:
- Of all the squad’s in the Premier League, Blackpool’s is the one that you can safely argue that there is not a vast range of class across the squad.
- Blackpool nearly got something out of the match. Could the ‘first XI’ have done any better? Arguably not.
- As Olly points out, some of the players did better than those they replaced.
- The Premier League enforced 25-man squads at the start of the season. The suggestion of that is that any of those 25 players are good enough to play when called upon. How can the Premier League dictate when they should be used?
- Football is not a video game. You can’t rely on stats to show how good a player is – form and fitness have to play a part. Wayne Rooney is arguably Manchester United’s best player and yet he was left on the sideline when we know he was fit. Should United be fined?
Anyway, we don’t want to see Olly walk so feel free to leave your thoughts below and, if need be, we’ll march on the Premier League HQ or something like that…