Ollie dedicates win to Parky
Pool boss sends message to youth team coach
By Razwan Mirza. Last Updated: September 11, 2010 7:01pm
Ian Holloway sent a goodwill message to Blackpool youth team coach Gary Parkinson after the Seasiders' victory at Newcastle.
A first-half penalty by Charlie Adam and a stoppage-time goal by new signing DJ Campbell secured the three points at St James' Park.
The Tangerines boss was quick to dedicate the victory to Parkinson who is fighting for his life after suffering a stroke at the age of just 42.
"I'm delighted for everybody at the club," said Holloway. "We've had a hard couple of days.
"When one of us is hurting then we all stick together.
"One of our coaches Gary Parkinson suffered a stroke so we cancelled our youth team game.
"I hope he recovers. We're all giving him our love."
Holloway heaped the praise on goalkeeper Matt Gilks, who produced a string of fine saves to help secure the points.
"I can't praise the keeper enough," he added.
"We rode our luck with a fantastic performance by Gilks but that was our best performance for some time considering (David) Carney just turned up last week.
"I'm bursting with pride I have to say.
"I had four strikers on the pitch at one point. I know it's a brave thing to do but we have the quality. I'm delighted for the boys."