Hollins Thought He’d Go

Saturday, 21 July 2001, 0:00
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“The one thing that concerned me was that when I left to go on holiday I’d still have a job to come back to,” said Hollins yesterday.

“Losing a job when I’d gone away to relax has happened to me before, when I was at QPR. I came back and discovered my job wasn’t there.

“There was a lot of talk about certain people buying this club and that I was going to be sacked. I was very philosophical about it. It didn’t get me down.

“All I could do was come in, sit at my desk, phone around and keep people enthusiastic. When a club is in limbo it causes money problems. People’s livelihoods are at stake. When someone says you don’t have a job any more it’s a major blow,” added Hollins.

“I couldn’t rest until I knew what was happening and I’m pleased we’ve got something in place now. Although there isn’t a massive injection of money, it has stabilised the club and we’re going forward.

“The recent situation here is not ideal from a manager’s point of view but there are a lot of clubs in limbo, and they’re bigger clubs than us. The big clubs are getting bigger and the small clubs are finding it harder and harder.”
He also revealed to the Western Mail that he has redecorated his office to celebrate his new found job safety: “I want everything to be bright and fresh,” said Hollins, keen to swiftly erase memories of last season’s relegation from the Second Division. After a disappointment there are two things you can do – you can be miserable and die or you can pick yourself up and move forward. I want things to be positive. That’s why I’ve changed my office.

“I want to win promotion again. It would be nice to win the championship a second time, but I’ll take second or third place. I don’t like failing – and I’m not linked to failure. The players tasted success when we won the Third Division title last year. Now they know what it’s like to go down. It’s not a nice feeling and I hope it will spur them on.

“Some players I wanted to keep. Jason was one, but he moved on. That was his right. I couldn’t change his mind,” explained Hollins.

“We could lose Stuart. Of course I’ll be disappointed if he goes. I’m disappointed whenever a young player we’ve bred leaves us.

“But I can only give players what I can give them because football is a business. It’s not an ideal situation but it’s the one we’re in.”

(The above were extracts from the Western Mail, 20 July 2001)

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