Ian Holloway Feeling The Premier League Pressure At Blackpoolby Paul Smith / 11 August 2010, 08:41Tweet
We have not even seen a ball being kicked in the Premier League this season in anger and already we are seeing Managers beginning to feel the heat, following the departure of Martin O'Neill from Aston Villa earlier this week the attention has now turned to Ian Hollloway up at Blackpool. Holloway was riding the crest of a wave in May as he led The Seasiders into the Premier League for the very first time but after a frustrating Summer in the transfer market there have been several rumours doing the rounds regarding his future at Bloomfield Road. Holloway is aware that he needs to strengthen his squad if they are to have even the smallest chance of staying in the Premier League but so far his endeavors have been fruitless with very little movement in or out of the club.
Rumours have been bubbling under the surface for the last 48 hours that Holloway could be on the verge of resigning from the club, the bookmakers are certainly watching the situation closely with the Next Premier League Manager To Be Sacked Betting making the Blackpool Boss the warm favourite to follow Martin O'Neill out of the door. His odds have been slashed consistently with the rumours gathering pace and it will be well worth keeping an eye on Bloomfield Road over the next few days and weeks. Many believed on Tuesday that Holloway had resigned as Manager but the club have denied that, a statement confirmed the frustration they have had on the transfer market which is surely leaving Holloway disillusioned.
Blackpool and Holloway had a magnificent season last year but looking at their squad they will do well to even give themselves a chance of staying in the top flight, they have thin squad but the real worry is their lack of Premier League experience and class while there is a serious worry about where the goals are going to come from. Holloway has been doing his best to find a new Striker for the club over the Summer but so far deals for Jon Stead, DJ Campbell and Marlon Harewood have all fallen through to the despair of the Manager, Chairman and particularly the fans.
The Sack Race understands that Holloway will remain at the club for the time being with the first game at Wigan on Saturday the priority for the club at the moment, he has until the end of the month to bring in a number of players that they so desperately need and that could make or break their season. It will be a long season for the Tangerines and reinforcements are vital if they are to defy the odds and keep themselves in the Premier League, at the moment though that looks a long way off with Ian Holloway set to face the toughest test of his career as a football Manager.