Time to stay calm amidst stormy waters

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The highs and lows of the Premier League have been made blindingly clear to Blackpool boss Ian Holloway, with only two games of the season played.

With a surprising 4-0 victory against Wigan on the opening day of the season, the future looked bright, orange as it were (excuse the pun) for Olly's side. However, a devastating 6-0 loss at the hands of Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal would reveal all the vulnerabilities in Blackpool's side.

Holloway however, remains confident in his side's ability, despite lacking some of the polished finesse of the league's high flyers.

"Are we going to be good enough? I honestly don't know - but I need to stay calm and try to play some modern-day football, like Arsenal," said the effervescent boss.

Holloway has reassured the fans after the club's defeat, vowing to maintain his faith in his squad of players as well as the team's ability to bounce back.

"I am not a person who likes losing, but I have to stay calm to help my lads because I believe in what we are trying to do," he added. "I have got to survive and I will have failed - and I totally believe that - if I don't keep this lot up.

"It is my job to keep them going, it is how you do things, the dignity you keep, we didn't berate the referee and we are going to keep doing that because that's how we got up last year.

"I am a football coach, am developing myself, I want to help my lads and do the best I can.  I have got three horses at home and I don't hit them with a stick, I just treat them in a way that they want to come with me."

Olly has this week stood by some of the veterans of his team, maintaining their utility within the team. "I might be in a bit of a Skoda garage rather than a Mercedes garage, but I am telling you some old bangers don't half polish up great."

*Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.


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