Blackpool boss is last man standing

Following Chris Hughton's sacking at Newcastle in December and West Bromwich Albion’s recent decision to dismiss Roberto Di Matteo, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is the only one of the three managers who guided their teams to promotion from the Championship last season to still be in a job.

Following Chris Hughton's sacking at Newcastle in December and West Bromwich Albion’s recent decision to dismiss Roberto Di Matteo, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is the only one of the three managers who guided their teams to promotion from the Championship last season to still be in a job.

It is a fact that puzzles the Seasiders boss.

"Whatever these owners at football clubs want to do, it's entirely up to them, but I would warn them and say this quick-fix nonsense - where is it proven?" Holloway said.

"How can your squad come up and your manager just be judged?

"Surely it's about your team, your players adapting - is your squad as good as that level and if you're not happy with it, are you sure it's not just you not getting what you want? That's what it looks like to me.

"If you've had an overall change of direction like Blackburn did (whose new owners Venky's replaced manager Sam Allardyce with Steve Kean), I could possibly understand that to a point.

"But if you think you are going to come up from the Championship and take this level by storm, then you need to have a serious look at yourself.

"A few months ago Roberto got manager of the month and now he hasn't got a job. To me, that is crazy. And what about Chris Hughton?

"But these people make decisions and who am I to tell them what to do? I'd rather not - I'd rather get on with my job here to be fair."

 
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