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…
No one cares what you think Ollie
— Dan Franks (@Frank5y) February 14, 2020
— Daniel (@blackpoolfc04) February 14, 2020
Can you get 20/20 in this Blackpool quiz?
Picks and chooses which issues he speaks up about, I see.
— Tom Ainsworth (@ainsworth_tom) February 14, 2020
Since he left, everytime he comments on the pool it's negative these days. You might have given us the best ride for ages Ollie but let's not forget it was also your best ride as a manager as well.
— tangerinedave (@itstangerine) February 14, 2020
He’s not watched us recently has he 🙃
— Vicky Isles (@viksy66) February 14, 2020
The main issue I have with all these people saying "should have given him more time", is that they clearly don't realise how poor the football was to watch. People can handle poor results as long as you can see improvements and a plan. In the case of Grayson, you couldn't.
— Elliot (@seasider95) February 14, 2020
12 games and 1 win, relegation form and very poor performances. Something had to change if the club is going to continue to progress. Sorry Ollie can't agree with you, harsh but absolutely necessary.
— Peter (@petedix57) February 14, 2020
It was absolutely the right decision to sack him ! Thankfully Sadler is a fantastic owner who you feel listens to his fans and of course is a business man but he is also a Seasider! #UTMP 🧡🧡🧡
— Sarah Montgomery (@SarahmontSm) February 14, 2020
He just needs to stop now
— Jack O’D (@jackod2103) February 14, 2020
I'm sure Alex Ferguson had a thought out plan, Grayson didn't seem bothered, Ian needs to shut up sometimes
— BFC 🍊🍊🍊 (@bfc_areback) February 14, 2020
Says the man that walked out on us on the Saturday morning before a game.what he did is a discrace.
— Royston Rhodes (@royston_rhodes) February 14, 2020
"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."
It doesn't matter if we lose by one or ten, a loss is a loss, and the style of play was drab at best.
— Adam Musgrave (@adam_musgrave) February 14, 2020