Holloway vows to prove Blackpool doubters wrong
Published 12:43 17/06/10 By David Anderson
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has vowed to prove the critics wrong as the Seasiders prepare for their first Premier League campaign.
Blackpool began life back in the top flight after a 39-year wait against Wigan at Bloomfield Road on August 14 before a glamorous trip to Arsenal a week later.
Holloway and his players are being given no hope of surviving and he claims he will use this to motivate his players.
"The bookmakers this time have even got us not getting 10 points, which is pretty infuriating to me," said the Seasiders boss. "I'm going to use these things to stick around the dressing room and remind the lads what people think of us.
"The stats and the bookmakers told us that we wouldn't do it this year, but we did. And what I do know is that I've got a fantastic group of lads who really want to prove themselves.
"They did it last year and no matter what happened, whatever the score was, they kept together, they stuck together. They will do that again in the new season."
Holloway is still pinching himself at the prospect of playing at the Emirates, Old Trafford, Stamford Bridge and Anfield after Blackpool's fairytale play-off win.
"It's fantastic, isn't it?" he said. "Has it really sunk in with anyone? Blackpool are in a league fixture against some of these teams.
"We've got a complete culture shock. We've got a complete change in everything we ever thought about as a football club. The most exciting thing for all of us is that it's such a challenge."