Holloway targets Europe
Ian Holloway not only believes Blackpool can qualify for the Champions League, he thinks his team could win it.
Last Updated: 05/11/10 2:13pm
Ian Holloway not only believes Blackpool can qualify for the UEFA Champions League, he thinks his team could even become European champions.
The Seasiders boss has taken in this week's Champions League fixtures and feels his troops are capable of reproducing the level of football displayed by the continent's finest.
One of Holloway's first tasks is to persuade influential midfielder Charlie Adam to sign fresh terms and he believes retaining their captain will be crucial going forward.
Holloway, who has a job on his hands keeping his team in the Premier League this term, does not believe it is 'crazy' for Blackpool to achieve a top-four finish as they play the right kind of football.
The charismatic Holloway thinks that with a little more guile in front of goal their game can move to a new level as they are already on a par with the likes of Tottenham and Real Madrid in terms of passing.
"I realise I might lose my best players because they will go and be paid a damn sight more elsewhere," said Holloway.
"I would love Charlie Adam to stay for a long time and get us in the top four, maybe Champions League places, maybe winning the Champions League.
"You might think I am crazy but I am not. I have watched games over the last few days and I have watched my team play.
"You know what? I am very proud. I am very proud of how we are playing football. We are playing it the right way with our passing.
"We need to be a bit more clever in and around goal, and show a bit more belief. You see Tottenham's passing, Real Madrid's passing, we can do that.
"I want to create an atmosphere where the players know I believe in them and that is what I have been doing. This is a fantastic journey and I do not want it to stop."