Holloway expects difficult summer

25 February 2011 02:00
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is a firm believer in second-season syndrome and anticipates a stressful summer planning how to overcome it should his team beat the drop. The Seasiders, competing in their first Barclays Premier League campaign, are currently on course to emulate the achievement of Saturday's opponents Wolves last season by avoiding an immediate return to the Championship. It has been tougher in the top flight for the midlands outfit this term and they go into the Molineux meeting bottom of the table - and with Holloway's sympathies. "Second-season syndrome - I understand how it works," said Holloway, whose side are five points clear of the relegation zone. "You stay up and are elated at first, then all of a sudden you have got to do it again, then you try to buy slightly better players and upset the ones you have already got. "This level is fascinating. The second season, if you can get there, is the one to worry about. We are loving the first one and, really, we should go down. But if we don't, ahead of the second one I can assure you I'll have the worst summer ever. I will be worried about what on earth I am going to do, because most teams go down, no matter how good they are, in the second season."

Source: PA