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Blackpool boss Holloway has no eyes for the Spanish

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway may visit Spain for training ideas but is unlikely ever to work there as he struggles with the language. Holloway spent part of the international break watching the current world and European champions and returned with a host of new ideas.

But on the prospect of maybe coaching in Spain one day, Bristol-born boss Holloway said: "I don't think they would understand a word I say.

"I struggled to order anything other than a coffee with milk. I wanted a red wine, I got white. I tried to say thank you very much in Spanish but went into French.

"I had an absolute nightmare. I believe you can't do anything if you can't communicate."

That Spanish theme has continued back at Bloomfield Road.

"My lads have given themselves Spanish names. It is all a bit of a joke at the moment. I am now called Pedro," said Holloway.

"You have to try and believe you are going to start something. I am trying to develop as a manager and as a person. So I needed to go to Spain to watch what they do.

"I will be going back. I want to see Barcelona, Espanyol and Villarreal and how they do things. Their players are basically so comfortable with the ball I think it is our duty to be like that."

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