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Holloway goes down with a rant

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway aimed a parting shot at the Premier League after claiming his club were unfairly handicapped in their battle for survival.

The Tangerines were consigned to a swift return to the Championship after losing a 2-1 lead to eventually fall to a 4-2 defeat at title winners Manchester United.

"The fat lady has finished singing and I do not like the tune," Holloway declared. "The Premier League have rung me up and said 'we really love you Ian Holloway'. But they have never helped me. It is a great league. But the people who run it shouldn't. There should be people above them telling them what to do."

He added: "Nobody has to hear from me for another 12 months but hopefully I will get the chance to tell them about how they do things."

Holloway's anger stems from being told he had to tell players by the third Saturday in May whether options on their contracts were being taken up.

In the instances of Richard Kingson, Marlon Harewood and Brett Ormerod, all of whom were on the bench this afternoon, the answer was no.

Others - Ian Evatt and Keith Southern - are being retained but are now condemned to vastly reduced terms due to Blackpool's relegation.

"Ask yourself how you would have felt to be me on Monday morning," said Holloway.

"The Football League give you five days after your last game. The Premier League told us we had to stick to the exact wording of the contracts.

"This was before the biggest game of my life. Surely common sense should have applied and I could have told them afterwards."

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Football
Championship
Premier League
Marlon Harewood
Manchester United
Keith Southern
Richard Kingson
Brett Ormerod
Blackpool
Ian Evatt

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