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Never Fear, Ollie’s Here

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Swansea are set to turn their attentions to Blackpool manager Ian Holloway after talks with Graeme Jones broke down.

With Brendan Rodgers leaving the Swans last week for Liverpool, Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins instantly asked permission from Wigan to speak to their assistant manager Graeme Jones, who previously worked with the club as their assistant when Roberto Martinez was in charge.

After talks with the Swansea hierarchy it is thought Jones rejected the offer of becoming their new manager, claiming he did not feel as though he had the mentality to be a manager and that he was happy in his role at Wigan. This has promoted speculation that Huw Jenkins now favours Blackpool boss Ian Holloway as their number one target.

Holloway who guided Blackpool to the Premier League in 2010 – but failed to keep The Tangerines in the division – has again impressed this season, working under an immensely tight budget he guided Blackpool to the Play-Off final where they lost to West Ham.

During his spell in the top-flight, Holloway certainly left a mark on the league. Many were sad to see the back of his Blackpool side who offered a courageous style of football considering their limitations financially, playing attractively throughout with no real start names at their disposal. The colourful 49-year-old also offered some entertainment value for the vast majority of the press with his numerous press conferences over the season, never failing to provide a witty remark quote or passionate rant about certain problems within the game.

Holloway would be welcomed back by many to the Premier League and if he is backed financially by Swansea in the transfer market, the Welsh side may again continue to prosper next season.

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