Holloway and his sinking Seasiders

Should he ditch his attacking philosophy?

Last weekend, Blackpool slipped into the bottom three of the Premier league for the first time this season. A 1-3 home loss to fellow strugglers Wigan push them down to 18th position on the league table with five games to go.
These are difficult moment for the Tangerines who secured their premier league status last May by defeating Cardiff City in the Championship play-off final. At the start of the season, they had a good run which saw them  occupy the 6th position, presently relegation threat is reality for the Bloomfield Road outift.

Ian Holloway, 48, was appointed as Blackpool’s manager in May 2009 and within a year, he secured Premier league football for the Seaside club thus enabling them compete at the pinnacle of English football for the first time in 39 years. The outspoken Bristol man is well known for his creative use of metaphors, strange and bizarre comments in post-match interviews.

His bold and attacking philosophy has been praised in several quarters at various times during this campaign with their star player Charlie Adam as the fulcrum of the team. His philosophy initially paid off as Blackpool kicked off the season with a 4-0 away win at Wigan and also raised eyebrows with other surprising wins which included a double over Liverpool. As the season winds down, the pressure of playing in the Premier League appears to be catching up with the Tangerines as they have hit a run of poor results. They have now won only once in their last 13 fixtures and have conceded more goals than any other Premier League team. They also have the worst home record in the division.

…conceded more goals than any other Premier League team

Holloway admitted after last weekend loss that his team’s form has been extrememly poor. He said,

“I fancy us when our backs are against the wall. We’re all trying to stick together and believe. We’ve got five games left and can’t hide. We’re in the worst form of anyone. But we’ve got plenty of fight in us, we’ve shown that before and must show it again.”

Blackpool, one of the teams with the lowest budget in the division have definitely been one of the most interesting  team to watch this season and credit must be given to their manager  for being so adventurous and ‘pro-football’ despite the fact that Blackpool were one of the bookmakers favorite to go down. However now, Holloway will need to fashion out a new approach that can help his dissappearing vessel from going under with five games left in such an unpredictable relegation battle going on in the Premier League this term.

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