Ian Holloway has made a mockery of speculation that he was about to quit as Blackpool manager.
And Seasiders boss insists on 'fantastic' relationship with chairman
Ian Holloway has made a mockery of the 'crazy world' of football, following speculation that he was about to quit as Blackpool manager.
Rumours were mounting on Tuesday that the Seasiders boss was on the verge of resigning, just days before the club kick off their maiden Premier League campaign at Wigan on Saturday.
But Holloway, at a press conference where he was unveiling three of the Tangerines' four new signings, ridiculed the hysteria over his future at Bloomfield Road.
"Before anyone asks a question, I just want to make sure you can see me - you can see me here and I'm not a cardboard cut-out, because somehow or other, I'm not supposed to be here," said the 47-year-old.
"It's just a crazy world that we have moved into. Apparently yesterday I'd walked out and resigned.
"I had to be in London the day before and didn't want to drive back at six o'clock in the morning to get here because I was too tired.
"I had to be at a Premier League meeting, and what that has caused - by not coming back up for training.
"We only had eight players, some were on international duty and I wasn't going to train them that hard anyway.
"Look at how things go crazy. But welcome, and by the way, we've just signed some new players as well. I just want to get that straight."
Asked how he would describe his relationship with chairman Karl Oyston, Holloway said: "Absolutely fantastic. I came to work for him, I am still working for him and I am delighted to be working for him."
Blackpool confirmed the quadruple capture of Craig Cathcart from Manchester United, Ludovic Sylvestre from Czech side Mlada Boleslav, Elliot Grandin from Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia and Malaury Martin from Monaco.
It has been a struggle for the Tangerines to bolster their ranks since they won promotion to the top flight in May but Holloway said he was hurt anyone could think it would be enough to make him leave.
He said: "Our poor fans, who have been worried sick, on websites, asking what's happening and writing me letters - did they think that I didn't want to (sign players)? Did they think that I haven't been trying?
"I couldn't try any harder and the harder you try, the more lucky you get.
"But you have to be together in this and what has hurt me a little bit is that they think for one minute that, with how long I have worked in football and how hard I've worked, I am suddenly going to walk out on a relationship that I've got here with the fans, the chairman and the team.
"They think that I'm going to give that up? I'm sorry, how wrong is that?
"Hopefully it will all settle down and they will see that some of the things they were worried about haven't actually materialised and we are still going on."