Ian Holloway says target of Champions League glory is 'not crazy'

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has a long-term vision - winning the Champions League with Charlie Adam pulling the strings.

Adam is involved in a bonus dispute with the club which the Premier League is in the process of making a ruling.

The influential Scotland midfielder looks set to retain his place in the side to face Everton tomorrow even though he may need another pain-killing injection in his troublesome ankle.

Holloway hopes Adam puts down roots at Bloomfield Road as he has high hopes for the newly-promoted team.

He said: "I realise I might lose my best players because they will go and be paid a damn sight more elsewhere.

"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."

Short term Holloway wants his team to preserve their top-flight status and they have started better than most pundits expected.

A victory against West Brom on Monday saw his side leap into ninth place in the table.

However Holloway knows his team will have their work cut out against an Everton team, who have recovered from a bad start.

He said: "It is quite earth-shattering where we are at the moment. I believe my team are very good, I believe they are improving all the time. It is absolutely brilliant.

"That was an important win the other day. It keeps us nearer the top than down near the bottom. We need to get another positive result or we could be back down there.

"I cannot wait to face Everton. They have a great work ethic and a great attitude. It comes from (manager) David Moyes.

"The top four or five clubs had better watch out because they will be up there again."

Northern Ireland defender Craig Cathcart is doubtful after he suffered a recurrence of a back injury in the win over West Brom.

Holloway has already addressed the problem by withdrawing Dekel Keinan and Rob Edwards from a reserve game in midweek.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
The cartoon depicts the UK (far left) walking around a Syrian child refugee
newsIn an exclusive artwork for The Independent, Ali Ferzat attacks Britain's lack of 'humanity'
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
film
Sport
footballManager attacks Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp after criticism of Diego Costa's apparent stamping
News
video
Life and Style
food + drink
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness
Homeless Veterans appeal: Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story

Homeless Veterans appeal

Homeless in Wales can find inspiration from Daniel’s story
Front National family feud? Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks

Front National family feud?

Marine Le Pen and her relatives clash over French far-right party's response to Paris terror attacks
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea

Pot of gold

Tasting the world’s most expensive tea
10 best wildlife-watching experiences: From hen harriers to porpoises

From hen harriers to porpoises: 10 best wildlife-watching experiences

While many of Britain's birds have flown south for the winter, it's still a great time to get outside for a spot of twitching
Nick Easter: 'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

'I don’t want just to hold tackle bags, I want to be out there'

Nick Easter targeting World Cup place after England recall
DSK, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel

The inside track on France's trial of the year

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Dodo the Pimp, and the Carlton Hotel:
As provocative now as they ever were

Sarah Kane season

Why her plays are as provocative now as when they were written
Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of a killing in Iraq 11 years ago

Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

Japanese mood was against what was seen as irresponsible trips to a vicious war zone
Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore