Ian Holloway predicts the outcome of Blackpool's relegation run-in

Ian Holloway

The former Blackpool boss appears to believe that the club will survive.

The Football League comes to its conclusion this weekend with plenty of teams still fighting for promotion and for survival across the divisions.

One such team is Blackpool.

The Seasiders are looking at a potential back-to-back relegation after dropping out of the Championship last term and they are now in serious danger of dropping into League Two – just five years after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Their manager during that time was of course Ian Holloway.

He has been discussing the chances of Blackpool this weekend in his Sky Sports column and it is clear that he might be thinking more with his heart than with his head.

He is backing Blackpool to beat Peterborough 1-0 at London Road and bottom club Crewe Alexandra to win by the same scoreline v Fleetwood Town to relegated their local rivals:

“I can't give up on Blackpool. It's just amazing how things work out. Fleetwood were rising and rising and now they're the ones that could put Blackpool down.

“It's funny how things work out and I found that at the clubs I was at. I had a run-in with Bristol City all the time because I'm a Bristol boy and a Rovers fan.

“It was always them and with QPR we managed to just fend them off by one point to go up automatically once, so it follows you.

“I'm going for a Crewe away win because Blackpool will stay up then.”

Blackpool’s season has been marred by continuous protests against the club’s controversial owners the Oyston family and the club have essentially been battling with one hand tied behind their backs for most of the season.

Fans will hope that Holloway’s ambitious prediction proves accurate – but not many neutrals would back him.

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