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Blackpool snow scuppers Manchester United visit


Just as Manchester United reclaimed pole position in the Premier League for the first time in nine months, they look likely to be forced into playing catch up football once again after their scheduled visit to Blackpool was called off. Sky Sports reports that despite Blackpools’ best efforts, Bloomfield Road has been deemed unfit for Saturday evening’s meeting due to a frozen pitch.

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When United last visited Blackpool in 1974


Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admits to be awaiting the visit of Manchester United on Saturday with a degree of trepidation after having watched the demolition of Blackburn Rovers last weekend but don’t be fooled. The man knows exactly what he’s doing having already shown that his underrated side are capable of matching it with anyone on their day. His aim is very simple “I will be very proud, whatever the score or whatever happens, if we go out and try and do what we do and try and impose ourselves in some way on the game – I will be delighted.” he admitted.

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Abolishing transfer fees may have to be the answer


So a week of turmoil for both Manchester United and Wayne Rooney has come to an end with both parties peacefully reconciled. All the arguments in the pubs and clubs have all proven to be  pointless as have the thousands of words and opinions published but the core problem for football still exists. One man who hit the nail on the head was Blackpool manager Ian Holloway because his outburst was completely correct and justified – up to a point. The ‘Bosman’ ruling is NOT the real problem and as much as people like Holloway would love to see it wished away, the fact is that it never will. UEFA and FIFA spent years and millions of Euros fighting it in the courts but at the end of the day they were forced to bow to the law. Cases like we have just witnessed with Rooney happens every day of the week all over the world.  ‘Bosman’ will always be with us whether we like it or not, the solution is to find a better way of living with it  – and the answer may not be all that difficult.

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