Sky Sports can confirm reports that Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has resigned just weeks after guiding the tangerines to the Premier League. Chairman Karl Oyston and Holloway are believed to of had a disagreement regarding contract terms and differentiating views over the clubs long term vision.
Club captain Charlie Adam had this to say:
This has come as a great shock to both the players and of course the fans. Holloway was an instant club legend after what he achieved in his first year in charge. This is something we as a club have to deal with, hopefully the next manager will be able to fill Holloway's boots.
Rookie manager Phil Dean has been announced as the new Blackpool boss after the controversial resignation of Ian Holloway. Dean started off as a trainee coach at Blackpool and has slowly worked his way up the ranks at the seasiders. He had this to say in his first press conference:
First of all I am delighted to be here, I couldn't ask for a better opportunity to occur and personally I believe my chance has arrived at the perfect time. Once we've established the back room staff here I will be ready to take on the Premier League. Holloway as everyone knows was a club legend here, he done the impossible so to speak by getting them from Championship 'strugglers' to promotion winners. However, I want to go one step further, I want to mount a serious challenge to this division. You know the media look at the squad we have and suggest we are destined for 20th, I would love nothing more than to prove them wrong.