Harty Luck for Seasiders?
16th January 2010
After the bizarre sacking of Blackpool legend Paul Hart, caretaker boss Mick Harford brings his QPR side to Bloomfield Road tomorrow looking for only their second win in 10 games.
Recent form has seen the R's slip from automatic promotion candidates to below the Seasiders in the Championship.
It's now six (yes, six!) different managers in full time and caretaker roles at Loftus Road this calendar year.
Despite having a team full of big names, continuity has been the big problem under Chairman Flavio Briatore.
Hart's sacking came from a dressing room disagreement with a 20-year-old loanee - Adel Taarabt, perhaps summing up the way the London club are going.
But Ian Holloway's Blackpool have to forget all the turmoil their opponents are currently going through and focus on the job in hand - a first home win since November 7.
Three points could move 'Pool into fourth depending on results.
A defeat could see them slip to 10th.
Holloway on clubs wanting star man Charlie Adam:
'I understand that two years, normally 18 months, is about all you can hang onto a really good player like Charlie. But I'm nowhere near that yet with this boy.
'God knows what he can achieve if he puts his mind to what I'm talking about. I think there's no limit to how good he can be.
'This he knows and where is he going to get that same commitment from some other club trying to buy him?
'Why didn't they buy him in the summer? He was out there so why didn't they look at him? Wasn't he good enough for them then?
'It's about commitment. That's what I give my people, so I am fully expectant that he is going to stay here and want to help us with what we're doing
Blackpool Team News:
'Pool are still without Hameur Bouazza, who is away on international duty. Billy Clarke is believed to be some way from fitness, whilst McPhee will be back some time in the next two months.
Joe Martin spoke about wanting to keep his place in the side, despite the return to fitness of Stephen Crainey.
On the wings, Barry Bannan is likely to be preferred to either GTF or Ormerod.
Player to watch: Ben Burgess
Up against old 'Pool favourite Kaspars Gorkss, Burgess will have sometime to prove if he starts.
The big man has been praised by support recently, co-inciding with a poor run of form for Jason Euell incidentally.
QPR Team News:
Adel Taarabt looks set to start for the visitors after the departure of Paul Hart.
Rumours are circulating that Radek Cerny will be dropped by Harford.
Fitz Hall will battle it out with Stewart for a place at the back.
Player to watch: Adel Taarabt
The tricky midfielder will think he has something to prove after his recent snubs by Hart.
Luckily for 'Pool, a five man midfield should combat his threat, but they'll always be wary of Wayne Routledge on the wing, who always seems to play well.
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Tuesday January 19.