Holloway: Swansea's Style Inspired Me
Ian Holloway said that Swansea City's attractive style of football inspired his new approach at Blackpool.
After getting sacked by Leicester City, Holloway took a year break before returning to the game to take over at Blackpool, and he says our style of football under Roberto Martinez last season inspired him to try and replicate that at Bloomfield Road.
He told BBC Sport:
'To spend £25 on a football match you deserve to be entertained,'
'I've had a year out to think about how I wanted to do things,'
'When I came back I wanted to play a different type of football which I spoke about and my lads have taken to it like ducks to water.
'It's absolutely fantastic and I can't thank them enough for the way they've tried to do it.
'Ironically Swansea was a team run by [now Wigan Athletic manager] Roberto Martinez last year who I watched five or six times and was part of why I wanted to change.
'I didn't want to be scared of losing matches, I wanted to win them playing attacking football.
'The lads have responded to it and so have the crowd.'
'There has to be a dream and there has to be something we can all grasp on to,' he said.
'Someone has got to get there so why can't it be us?
'I think we deserve to get there and I'm sure Paulo Sousa thinks his team deserve to get there - they've been in those play-offs for two-and-a-half months.
'They are a fantastically organised club. He's taken over this year, so well done to what he's doing but we are having a go as well.'