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‘Needs to shut up’, ‘No one cares’ – Plenty of Blackpool fans aren’t happy with Ian Holloway’s latest opinion



Former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has labelled the sacking of Simon Grayson by the club this week as an ‘absolute disgrace’ after he managed just seven months in charge.

The Tangerines were looking in fine form a couple of months ago as they pushed toward the play-offs under Grayson, but their form took a massive dip towards the festive period and New Year.

Blackpool have only recorded one win since the triumph over local rivals Fleetwood Town on the 7th December, coming last week over lowly Southend United and only narrowly.

Their form of late has seen them slump far down to the table to 15th and a gaping 13-point gap has opened to the play-off places. The result that seemingly cost Simon Grayson his job on Wednesday afternoon was a dramatic defeat to Gillingham in which Blackpool snatched a 91st-minute equaliser, only to ship a third goal and lose in the 93rd. The club now searching for a replacement to salvage their season.

Writing in his Bristol Post column, former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was scathing in his verdict of the club taking the decision to sack Grayson after just seven months in charge. He stated: “Blackpool’s decision to sack manager Simon Grayson this week after just seven months in charge was an absolute disgrace.

“While I will always be a Bristol Rovers fan at heart, I take an interest in all my former clubs and it sickens me to see the one I took into the Premier League join in a trend that brings modern-day football into disrepute.

“It can’t happen overnight. If the current rate of sackings had occurred 50 years ago, some of the greatest managers to have worked in English football, including the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, would never have survived long enough to become the best in the business.

“When Grayson rejoined Blackpool last summer, I foresaw a new era of success at the club and I still think it would have happened had the club stuck with him.

“As recently as December the team had gone six games unbeaten and looked set to challenge for promotion. They also reached the FA Cup third round and took Reading to a replay.

“Yes, results have dipped since then, but eight of the nine defeats, including the one at Gillingham on Tuesday night, were by the odd goal.”

Being a figure ingrained in the Tangerines’ recent history, the Blackpool fans will take notice of Holloway’s thoughts, but weren’t too happy with his verdict on this decision…

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