Holloway not hot on Euro spot

Blackpool manager sees problems in qualifying for Europe

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Ian Holloway has admitted Blackpool's possibility of qualifying for Europe is secondary to staying in the Premier League.

The Tangerines managed to garner a draw against Newcastle on Saturday which lifted them out of the bottom three positions.

Blackpool are currently fifth in the Fair Play League but the other teams above them will qualify for European football through their league position.

The exception to that are Birmingham, who qualify for the Europa League having triumphed over Arsenal in the Carling Cup final.

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Qualifying

Yet, qualifying for this tournament would mean Blackpool's players have very little recovery time, but it is problem Holloway is not willing to contemplate right now.

He wrote in his column in the Independent on Sunday: "I didn't have a clue about this until our club secretary at Blackpool told me the other day.

"He has been to London to get our Uefa licence just in case it does happen, but to be honest I couldn't really care less about it at the moment.

"I understand the thought might excite the fans, but I have a different take on it. For starters I can't concentrate on anything other than this season and trying to stay up.

Europe

"And if this Europe thing does happen then all I'll be thinking about is how short our summer is going to be because the qualifying stages for the Europa League begin at the start of July.

"The season doesn't end until 22nd May so we will get about a month off, tops. When you consider we didn't really have much of a break last year because of the play-offs that really isn't good.

"But that's the last thing on my mind at the moment so I'm not even going to bother fretting about it."

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