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Holloway Delighted With Choices

14 September 2012

Selection Poser For Manager

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has welcomed some tough calls to make due to the size and strength of The Seasiders' squad.

Over 40 players are now on the club's books pushing for places in the first-team, with the introduction of a Development Squad guaranteeing game time for every single one of them.

The choices that Ollie now has to make will be unpredictable for the opposition and will allow him to rotate and keep people fit for the demands of the Championship.

"The squad is already up because we're travelling today and I've had to make some big and tough decisions. We've got good players that have even been left out, and that's what we're trying to achieve here," he said.

"The club is growing and that will give me more pressure and choices. Hopefully the choices will be good and that will make it more and more difficult for the opposition. It's all about getting competition and getting enough players to withstand the rigours of a 46-game campaign really, and that's without any cup competitions.

"I'm very pleased with it and I'm finding that everybody is understanding how good the team is and where their part in it is. I've got a lot of names and permutations but that's what you want."

The Seasiders currently sit top of the pile after four games of the season but the manager isn't reading too much into that at this stage, especially with another 42 to play. 

"If we don't beat Barnsley, we'll be on the same as Barnsley if they beat us. They've won two and lost two and we've won three and lost one. It's too early to talk because you need 10 to 12 games to settle down and see who is going to be a half-decent side. We're nowhere near that yet.

"We've looked bright, we've got some options but I've got to make sure that I keep on at the players and they continue to give their best," he added.


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