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Blackpool No1 Gilks: I asked Holloway to let me go

Matt Gilks has revealed how he asked for a transfer when Ian Holloway arrived at Blackpool.

Gilks is currently Blackpool No1 and is away this week with the Scotland squad.

He said: "Yes, I was looking to leave again when he came in. We met the gaffer at the club and had a long chat. But the next day I pulled him to one side and asked if I could leave.

"I wanted to go to Carlisle and asked him if it was all right. He just said, 'No'. And that was it. I stayed. I did as he said and, looking back, thank God he didn't let me leave.

"He's eccentric but enthusiastic. Everyone calls him a joker but he's not. He's a damned good manager."

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