UPDATED: Ian Holloway has NOT had any contact from Ipswich Town
BLACKPOOL boss Ian Holloway has heard nothing about rumours linking him with the Ipswich Town job.
One national newspaper has claimed the current Blackpool boss is wanted by Ipswich as well as managerless Blackburn, Burnley and Crystal Palace.
But Holloway today told this newspaper he has heard nothing from the Suffolk club following the departure of his close friend Paul Jewell.
After a scintillating start to the season, Blackpool have slipped to 12th in the Championship following a run of one win from seven.
It is claimed Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has slapped a �500,000 compensation on his manager which might be an obstacle for some.
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While Town chief executive Simon Clegg won’t comment on individuals, he did admit in the aftermath of Jewell’s exit that compensation would not be a stumbling block if necessary.
We understand Holloway, who is on a one-year rolling contract, might favour the Blackburn job with rumours that he is wondering whether he has taken Blackpool as far as he can.
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Holloway led the Tangerines to the Premier League in his first season at Bloomfield Road and while they were relegated from the top flight, he then took the Seasiders to last year’s play-off final, losing to West Ham.
The 49-year-old has always spoken of Ipswich in gushing terms – and has been linked with the manager’s job in the past.
Holloway has grown frustrated of being quizzed about managerial vacancies, but has so far refused to dismiss the speculation.
He told the Blackpool Gazette: “I don’t think the speculation does my lads any good, but there isn’t one thing I could say that would make any difference to it.
“None of the speculation has any facts behind it yet. My chairman hasn’t called me, and until he does there’s nothing I can say. I’m just getting on with doing my job.
“I work respectfully for this football club and I don’t talk about anyone else. I hope that when I eventually leave this club I’ll get the chance to work for another one, so what you don’t do is talk about other clubs.
“I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. I can’t win whatever I say, so I’m just getting on with my job.”
Alan Curbishley and Mick McCarthy continue to lead the way for most bookmakers with the latter also linked with the Palace job.