Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he needs a break

26 January 2011 10:37
Is that the way to Chorley? Holloway is taking a break

Ian Holloway is taking a break from the daily grind of top-flight football - he is going to Chorley with his wife.

The laugh-a-minute Blackpool boss admitted he had been left shell-shocked by an amazing week, in which his side put the distraction of Charlie Adam's future to one side to produce a brilliant performance against Manchester United, only to end up suffering heartbreak.

'I am going away with my wife - to Chorley,' he said. 'There is a golf course there. I need to free my brain.'

Holloway might want to switch his phone off when he gets to the small Lancashire hill town.

It is hard to imagine Liverpool not coming back with a further bid for Adam given his superb performance in Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat at Bloomfield Road.

Despite handing in a transfer request on Tuesday, Adam gave everything in the Blackpool cause, providing the corners from which Craig Cathcart and DJ Campbell put the Tangerines on course for an improbable victory.

Eyeing a move: Adam (right) is keen to leave Bloomfield Road

'Charlie will go down in folk history at this club,' said Holloway. 'It was quite right the fans sang his name. I might even make a statue of him myself, although it would have to be wood. I can't afford bronze.'

And that is the problem for Holloway. As he revealed his own pursuit of former Arsenal star Jeremie Aliadiere had hit a snag, Holloway knows Blackpool simply do not have the cash to resist Liverpool's advances for long, even though he has not completely given up hope of doing so until the end of the season.

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He certainly does not buy into the argument that a big move will never happen if he fails to take this one, a point Sir Alex Ferguson reinforced with his claim Adam's set-pieces alone are worth £10million.

'Charlie knows I want the best for him,' said Holloway. 'You have to work for what you want. I did. My dad did. He worked in a foundry, and Charlie will have to accept what we do.

'Big clubs will come back in for him after this transfer window because he will only fail to make it through injury. 'Everyone in the world can see how good he is going to be.'

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