New Sunderland signing David Vaughan is adjusting to life at the Stadium of Light, and whilst he’s already enjoying working under respected manager Steve Bruce, he admits that a part of him does miss the legend that is Ian Holloway.
Vaughan, like all those who sampled life under Holloway at Blackpool, had a special relationship with one of the games great managerial characters, and says: “I don't think anyone can compare to Ollie, to be honest.”
The chance to stay in the Premier League with Sunderland following Blackpool’s relegation was too appealing to turn down, and Vaughan adds: “I left on good terms. He has been really good to me and very supportive, so I can only thank him. There was never a dull day with Ollie around."
The 28-year-old Wales international gives a lot of credit to Holloway and the style of football that he instilled at Blackpool, and believes that it was the manager's approach that allowed him to gain the recognition of larger clubs so he could extend his stay in the Barclays Premier League.
"Blackpool surprised a lot of teams and the media last season with the football we played. People have noticed that and have chosen the players they want to take out of the team.
"Charlie (Adam) got a lot of the headlines. I just like to stay a bit under the radar and just play football. Obviously being relegated was a big disappointment, but to get the chance to come to a big club like this was something exciting."
Vaughan says that playing in one of the top leagues in the world is sure to improve his chances of becoming a regular selection in the Welsh national team.
"I have missed a lot of games for Wales for various reasons, and I want to try to play as many as I can before the end of my career. It can only help if I am playing in the Premier League every week."