Vital Football

Latest Blackpool FC News

The Mind Of Ian Holloway

The Mind Of Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway is a complex character. But what lays behind that complexity? I've come up with three possible explanations. As always, feel free to add to the debate in the comments section below or on our messageboard.

1. 'It's just Ollie being Ollie' - Ollie is renowned for his 'pithy' comments; just look on Youtube and you'll find countless examples. When he got the Blackpool job he claimed that his year out of the game had led to him re-assessing his outlook, and as such he was a changed character - a serious manager first, a joker second. I certainly think he's found more of a balance between the two, but to completely change your behaviour is nigh on impossible, and that could well be we still see outbursts like the ones of late. Furthermore, the media interest in both Ollie and BFC is greater than ever; with more interviews etc taking place, there's always likely to be more outbursts (Ollie himself has said that he sometimes loses control when a microphone is placed infront of him).

2. 'There's trouble at mill' - Matt Gilks' contract. Charlie Adam effectively suing the club over unpaid bonuses (and winning). Just two examples that highlight that whilst we're Premier League on the pitch, we most certainly aren't on it. Could it be that Ollie's frustrations boil over at times and that his outbursts are his way of blowing off steam (as well as showing the likes of Oyston that he's not to be messed with)? After all, we saw how deflated he was over the summer when things weren't going his way...

3. 'He's playing the media like a grand piano' - Ollie has spoken of how people should know better than to write Blackpool off, but then he himself plays down our chances to the media. Why? It's simple really; he's a) trying to take the pressure off the players by bearing the brunt of it himself and b) he's trying to get journalists to write articles writing us off that he can use to stick up in the dressing room and fire up the players. And it's working beautifully. The Ollie that faces the media is very different to the Ollie that the players see.

Conclusion: I think that all three explanations have played a part in Ollie's behaviour this season. As calculating as he is, the 'old Ollie' still rears his head at times, and as complimentary as he is about Karl on the record, get him off record and it's a different matter. In short, he's a very complex character... but then geniuses always are aren't they.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Tuesday November 23 2010
Time: 3:40PM

Comments

0
Rectification to the article" We arnt off it" Paragraph 2 line 4 In regards to the content of this statement I think we really need a chief ex or a contracts manager to deal with the issues that really shouldnt be heard of! Thats my opinion - feel free to challenge!
nunu
23/11/2010 16:08:00
0
Interesting article Eammundo!
BisphamSeasider
24/11/2010 14:44:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Blackpool Articles

Oyston Won't Sell

Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston has insisted he won't be selling Blackpool Football Club and will work to fix the problems at the club

McDonald Looks To Non League

The Blackpool Gazette have reported that Neil McDonald is set to look to the non league for new signings in the hope of finding the next Jamie Vardy

McAlister: 'The Standard Is Very High'

Talking to the official site, Jim McAlister spoke of his admiration for how Blackpool play after getting the first goal and of the high standard in the squad

Fans Groups Invited To Meeting With Club

Karl Oyston has offered Blackpool FC fans groups such as the BSA, BST, Yorkshire Seasiders and Basil a chance to meet him in an effort to improve relations

Archived Vital Blackpool Articles

Vital Blackpool articles from

Site Journalists

Dan Bennett
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Who Has Been Pool's Best Player So Far This Season?
Suggested By:
Colin Doyle29%
Tom Aldred56%
Brad Potts2%
Mark Cullen4%
Jack Redshaw3%
Other6%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 30 20 3 7 63 17
2 Walsall 29 16 8 5 56 17
3 Wigan 30 15 10 5 55 21
4 Gillingham 30 16 7 7 55 19
5 Coventry 30 13 10 7 49 16
6 Millwall 29 14 5 10 47 9
7 Southend 29 13 8 8 47 6
8 Peterborough 29 13 5 11 44 13
9 Port Vale 31 12 8 11 44 -1
10 Barnsley 29 13 3 13 42 6
11 Sheff Utd 29 11 9 9 42 4
12 Bradford 28 11 8 9 41 -3
13 Scunthorpe 28 11 5 12 38 -4
14 Rochdale 28 10 7 11 37 -2
15 Bury 28 10 7 11 37 -7
16 Doncaster 29 9 9 11 36 -4
17 Swindon 30 10 6 14 36 -5
18 Blackpool 29 9 6 14 33 -7
19 Chesterfield 30 9 3 18 30 -12
20 Shrewsbury 30 8 6 16 30 -15
21 Fleetwood 28 7 8 13 29 -3
22 Crewe 29 6 8 15 26 -20
23 Oldham 27 4 12 11 24 -13
24 Colchester 29 5 7 17 22 -32
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Blackpool Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Shrewsbury Town (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 16 2016 7:45PM : Oldham Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Swindon Town (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bradford City (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Chesterfield (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Blackpool Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.SeasideEssexXile169
2.Bear195162
3.SaskPool52
4.premier 139
5.BobHatton34
6.Layton_Seasider25
7.whitey194223
8.Hastings22
9.53CODGER18
10.bfcpete15