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Holloway: Oyston resignation won't change anything

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway insists the club will not be any different following Karl Oyston's resignation as chairman.

• Oyston steps down as Blackpool chairman
• Keinan signs for Blackpool

Oyston stepped down with immediate effect on Wednesday, but will remain as acting chief executive of the Premier League newcomers until the end of the season or a new appointment is made.

Holloway revealed on Thursday that he had not spoken with Oyston about his decision, but was adamant it would not change things at Bloomfield Road.

"For this club not to have him involved in it is ridiculous and he will be here, doing the same job,'' Holloway said.

"It might be a different title, but he is yet to talk to me about it and I don't really care, because I wouldn't have signed with this club if he wasn't going to be doing the things that he does.

"I am sure he will do them, whatever title he has got or is given. This place won't change and neither will I.''

Reports have suggested Oyston had become disillusioned with the business side of top-flight life following Blackpool's promotion from the Championship in May.

Asked if he thought Oyston was upset about football agents, Holloway said: "I don't think he's particularly upset.

"I think he's shocked and not willing to play the games that the shed-loads of money that everyone thinks you have got gives you.

"He is not going to play those games because all he is concerned about is the player himself, trying to do a fair deal for the football club and trying to do a good deal for the player - like the young player we have got coming up today hopefully.

"It was quite a shock for me this summer, but I don't blame agents - they are just trying to do what they think is best for their client and themselves, and they expect to get paid for doing it. But what they normally get paid and what we pay them is two totally different amounts.''

The player Holloway was referring to is striker Brett Pitman, who is set to join the Seasiders from League One side Bournemouth.

"He epitomises us - we are a bunch of people who need to make a name for ourselves,'' Holloway said of the 22-year-old, who scored a hat-trick for the Cherries against Peterborough on Saturday.

"Whatever has happened in our careers, we have to re-prove what we are all about. I think he is one of those who is fresh and hungry and who wants a chance at a higher level.

"I believe he can score at any level from what I've seen and I want to give him that opportunity to join my lads.

"He is a centre-forward who might be able to put the ball in other people's nets for us and he does it in style with great finishing and great technique.

"If I can rub off on him how he should work and where he should move, then I don't care where he has started - it is where he is going to get to that matters. I think he will relish this challenge.''

Although the Seasiders had struggled in the transfer market for much of the summer, Pitman is poised to become the eighth new arrival at Bloomfield Road in the past fortnight.

Having tied up most of those deals just days before the start of their first-ever Premier League campaign, Blackpool then created shockwaves in their opening match last weekend with a spectacular 4-0 win at Wigan which saw them temporarily top the table.

Holloway is determined to keep his and the players' feet on the ground, but admits he is excited about the team's next challenge - a trip to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to face Arsenal.

"The lads who played for me last week did really well and things went our way,'' Holloway said. "If they hadn't, I wonder how we would have been if Wigan had scored in the period where they dominated us a little bit.

"We have got to get used to not having the ball and I'm sure Saturday will be a big test. What can you say - it is the stuff dreams are made of, so long as you don't wake up and it's a nightmare. That is our challenge, and my boys are so up for it and ready for that challenge.''

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