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Kendal-Seasider Posted on 30/12/2010 11:45
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As written in the Daily Mirror.

I love the way that Harry Redknapp has turned the sleeping giant that is Spurs into a Premier League superpower.

I love the fact that XXXXXXne Wenger continues to keep arsenal competitive without breaking the bank in the way that Manchester City are set to this January.

I love the fact that Chris Hughton pulled off so many outstanding results as Newcastle boss before being so unceremoniously booted out by the clueless Mike Ashley.

And I love the way that Owen Coyle has transformed the image of Bolton from ugly sisters to belles of the ball.


Steve Bruce deserves all the plaudits coming his way for establishing Sunderland in the top half of the table. Ditto Tony Pulis at Stoke.

But my Manager of the Year - by a million miles - is Ian Holloway.

The Blackpool boss does not have a clue how to deal with all the plaudits coming his way. But he deserves them all for instilling a hunger, a passion and a determination into a scratch side that he put together with the minimum of time and the minimum of fuss via the play-offs last season.

The Tangerines were odds on with the bookies - and most journalists - to go straight back down again with their collection of misfits, rejects and veterans. But they have lost just two of their six games at home this season.

As for their away form? Well consider this. They have won five matches on their travels this season. Only Manchester City, with six, have won more.

You can't buy what Holloway has given his players. An indomitable spirit. A reason to want it more than the opposition. A reason to live the dream.

And one story sums up why every neutral should be delighted for Holloway and his success. Back in August, he tried to sign prolific Bournemouth striker Brett Pitman who scored 28 goals as the Cherries won promotion from League Two last season.

Pitman decided that the Tangerines could not pay him enough to lure him to Bloomfield Road and they he didn't think too much of their chances of staying up. So he turned them down.

Where is Pitman now? In 19th place in the Championship with Bristol City while Blackpool are eighth in the Premier League with games in hand.

You can only wonder now what the 22-year-old striker wouldn't give to be a part of what Holloway is building at Bloomfield Road now.

And yet, you get the sense that Blackpool are better off without him. Because it is a commitment to a wonderful team spirit that has enabled the club's players to live the dream thus far.

Long may it continue.
Come on you Pool
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greatman Posted on 24/08/2011 17:04
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OMG you get the donkey fiddlers on here to
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DagenhamFox Posted on 24/08/2011 19:00
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Go and relieve yourself on a war memorial you knob.
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