While at the bend it: Ian Holloway (left) and his Blackpool players pay tribute to his faithful followers after relegation is confirmed at Old Trafford photo: GETTY IMAGES
Despite being dismissed as Premier League no-esperanzas after promotion through the play-offs last season, Blackpool suffered only declines after defeat of final day on Sunday against champions manchester united at Old Trafford.
But with a lot of key players of contract or a reduction in wages after the descent, with some who said last week that might not be conserved, Holloway admits that a return to the Championship marks the end of an era of Blackpool.
Holloway said: “that’s all.” You are famous for two seconds in football, and then you’re going.
“I have a very hard in my hands now because I do not think that we can keep the team United.” None of them will play in the Championship.
“Those who are out of contract, likely will not, while that which best was snapped up by vultures.” I know what they earn and what it will fall back [after descent] and none of them will want to do so.
“It’s all about the structure.” We are going to see us stay. I do not believe that David Vaughan, Stephen Crainey and Matt Gilks will want to stay because they will get better contracts elsewhere.
“Take these three outside and Charlie Adam, too.” What will happen? Our Castle was made of sand, but we have concrete under [President] Mr Oyston and does things.
“My job is to make a bag of silk from a sow ear, but this is the best bag silk that I’ve never caught waiting”.
Holloway added: “is not today that has left us, if we leave this season.” “We had a career in the second half of the season where we find very difficult to get any momentum.”
Despite United to the final of the Champions League against FC Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, Sir Alex Ferguson made a surprisingly strong team to face Blackpool.
But the gamble paid for Ferguson, who admits that he now faces a dilemma to select his team to deal with the Spanish champions.
He said: “I think that I could take four or five teams next week and not us down.”
“The players have been great and deserve.” “We have won the title more times than anyone else in the country and is ideal for our history”.
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