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Ollie won't go 'crazy' in order to keep his players

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has vowed the club will not be doing anything "crazy" to persuade players to stay at Bloomfield Road.

Among the members of Holloway's squad who are out of contract in the summer are midfielder David Vaughan and goalkeeper Matt Gilks. The manager is keen for the pair to sign new deals but has stressed that no agreement with any player will be allowed to threaten the club's current structure.

"What we have to do is run the club efficiently and successfully for the fans, for the future," Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette.

"I had a phone call the other day from an agent I've got two players with. Neither of them is playing at the moment, but he was very nice to me, talking about their future and what they might want.

"If they had longer contracts, like their agent wanted them to have, they could be moaning now, and they could be causing all sorts of trouble because they're not being picked.

"If that was the case, I might have a mutiny on my hands, like some managers have. But I haven't got that, because I have the power.

"My chairman (Karl Oyston) very cleverly gives me that, because he holds out for what he wants and he isn't going to change.

"Takes the likes of David Vaughan and Matt Gilks, both out of contract at the end of the season. We have made them offers and we want them to stay.

"But are we going to go crazy? No, because if we push it for one or two, we will have to do it for them all eventually, and that is something my chairman won't do.

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