Holloway hails opportunity
Ian Holloway is grateful to have had the chance to prove himself at Blackpool as he looks towards Wembley.
Last Updated: 21/05/10 5:33pm
Ian Holloway is grateful to have had the chance to prove himself at Blackpool as he looks to complete their fairytale at Wembley on Saturday.
The charismatic manager, who was sacked by Leicester in 2008 following their relegation to League One, is hoping to guide Pool into the top flight for the first time since 1971 when they take on Cardiff in the Championship final this weekend.
Victory in the decider would be a storybook ending for the Lancashire club, who would gain an estimated £90million, and Holloway is thankful to be in charge of the club in a country where he feels managers are shown the door too readily.
"I became impatient at Plymouth so I left to join Leicester but I couldn't change anything that was happening there," said Holloway.
"We got relegated and I got dumped on my backside and had no job for a year.
"It's times like that when you have to look at your own part in what happened and take responsibility for it.
"But we judge managers too early in this country. If you looked at Sir Alex Ferguson after his first four years at Manchester United, would you have said he was any good?
"Now he's probably the best manager that has ever been.
"Am I ready? I don't think so. But I'm learning all the time and I really appreciate the experiences I've had in my life so far."
Holloway was given a simple brief by chairman Karl Oyston when he arrived at Bloomfield Road last year - keep the club in the Championship.
But the coach has incredibly gone one step further, transforming a team rated favourites for relegation into serious challengers for promotion to the Premier League.
"When I arrived here I tried to share my vision of what I wanted to do with the players," added Holloway.
"I believe in the history of the place, I believe in the people here and I always believed there was a fantastic core group of players.
"Luckily, the board has allowed me to add some of those players which has made a huge difference and added to the optimism of the group.
"They have gone out there in the Championship and got better all season."