Holloway - Murphy is wrong

Seasiders coach slams Fulham man but wants rid of reckless tackles

Holloway: Shocked by outburst

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Ian Holloway has slammed Danny Murphy's view on tackling but admits two-footed lunges must be eradicated.

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The Blackpool boss was responding to comments from Fulham midfielder Murphy that some top flight managers pump their players up too much, leading to reckless challenges and serious injuries.

The Cottagers skipper named Stoke, Blackburn and Wolves as examples of sides he believes adopt this reckless approach.

Holloway feels Murphy was out of order in questioning the tactics of established coaches and feels he should not pass judgement on something he knows nothing about.

He said: "He'll have to face the music because I think he's totally wrong. Does he know what it's like to be a manager?

"I've never heard any manager who I've played for tell me to go out and tackle someone and hurt them and break his leg. I think it's a total insult to Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce and Mick McCarthy."

While quick to condemn Murphy's outburst, Holloway admits that it is important to crack down on players who leave the ground when flying into tackles.

He accepts that accidents will happen, especially as the Premier League is played at such a high pace, but feels some players need to tread more carefully.


Holloway continued: "There's a decision to be made and tackles these days, a lot of them are two-footed, and that's down to the player.

"We used to tackle properly. It's a fantastic part of the game and a fantastic skill but all these two-footed lunges which are reckless, yes we want them out of the game.

"But to interpret some of them as that, I'm not so sure. I don't think (Nigel) De Jong's tackle (on Hatem Ben Arfa) was that reckless, I just think it was an accidental thing.

"I think the one on Aaron Ramsey the other year (by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross), I thought two players went in for it, and that happens sometimes. These players are so quick it's frightening.

"The game is improving all the time but don't take tackling away from the game, I don't like the game if there's no tackling in it.

"Reckless tackles are (when a player thinks), 'I don't care, I'm taking everything'. And I don't see that many in the game.

"I would argue with Danny. It's so easy to say, 'Oh yes, it's happening now'. I don't think so. I don't think you can touch people anymore.

"Danny's a very good player but I think it disrespects the clubs he talks about by saying they do certain things and they're told to do certain things."