Will Blackpool boss Ian Holloway quit if punished by the Premier League?by Mark Cohen / 12 November 2010, 10:24Tweet
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has sensationally threatened to quit his job with the recently promoted Blackpool should the Premier League take any kind of action against himself or Blackpool over allegations that he fielded what football pundits are referring to as a "weakened team" for the sides midweek clash against Aston Villa. Blackpool lost the match 3-2 in what was a very close game but Holloway had made 10 changes to the team that had faced Everton in their previous match.
This has resulted in bookmakers SkyBet and Paddy Power slashing the odds on Ian Holloway being the next Premier League manager to leave his post with the odds coming down from the 40/1 mark to that of just 7/1.
In post match interviews Holloway was asked if he had fielded a weakened team, Holloway was angered that the question was even asked and that is was purely his decision on which players he chooses to play from his squad. Holloway reiterated that he will not have anyone tell him which players he should choose, he does not let the chairman tell him who to play and he will not let the Premier League dictate to him what squad can go out. As Blackpool will be playing 3 matches in a week he needs to juggle the players available to him from his 25 man first team squad.
Even though Holloway could be described as a very passionate manager whether he would actually go as far as to quit his position should the Premier League take any action against him remains to be seen. He is more than likely calling the Premier League's bluff hoping that if he makes a stand similar to that of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp he will avoid a fine. Redknapp escaped punishment earlier this month after he described Nani's controversial goal against Spurs as a farce, he had threatened to stop doing post-match interviews if he was sanctioned in any way.
Last season Wolves were given a suspended fine of £25,000 when manager Mick McCarthy fielded a second string side against Manchester United losing the game 3-0, but Holloway has insisted that the players he put out in the game were his best 11 men at the time in a squad he is currently developing.