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Press Conference Part 2

The second half, Holloway talks about Ian Evatt's future and Leicester boss Rob Kelly on his first win in charge.

IAN HOLLOWAY (cont)

Evattís not injured no, I donít think so at the minute he may get a game on Saturday. I gave him the biggest hardest volley up the backside that anyone can ever have by putting him on the transfer list hoping for him to snap him out of what ever has been going on between his ears since heís been here. Because the kid has been phoned up and told over an over again that I never wanted him in the first place, whoever told him come on son you do this you do this other people have been telling him that I never wanted him. Thatís between me and the lad. He knows but all Iíve done is handing him his worst fear you aint do very well son, sort your life out. An I have to say his response so far hasnít been bad at all. If I bring these other players in and they look a little bit better than him or fresher than him then he might play alongside them because that back line tonight wasnít very good. If not an that carries on for a couple of weeks I might loan him out because thereís been enough teams in the league below this who wanted to take him. But basically heís been told heís got another chance for us and we were attempting to sell him. That hasnít happened and heís got a clean slate and weíll have a look at it. An if I was him and saw that tonight Iíd be quite encouraged, wouldnít you? (Sarcastic laugh). I would.

ROB KELLY:

Yeah Iím really pleased; Iím pleased for the players in particular and the supporters. Itís been a difficult time for us and the manner of it as well. They spoke in the last couple of days, we didnít really have a lot of time to prepare, and we didnít really have a lot of time before the Southampton game- things happened so quickly. But weíve had a lot more time do prepare for this and the longer it went on we spent getting organised, making ourselves difficult to play against and to get some self belief because theyíre not bad players.

I no where I am on the scheme of things, before I walked in this room I thought people wouldnít know who I am and thatís fair enough so all I can do is get home, take the 2 kids to school in the morning and getting back on the training pitch and getting them prepared for the Wolves game on Saturday and thatís genuinely how I am. Iíll affect what I can effect which is training tomorrow.

I have ambitions to be as good as I am at that present time in whatever Iím doing. At the moment all I think about is to be honest just doing this caretaker job do the best of my abilities Iíve never been wildly ambitious; Iíve always tried to take one step at a time-see what happens from there.

I think the change, too much happened last week so if u like all myself and Mike Stowell have tried to do is continue with the organisation that weíd had but theyíd lost a bit of self belief and if you like weíve drawn that home to them. Everything weíve done weíve drummed that home if you like, weíve made them make there own decisions because as the pressure builds up they were going into there shell a bit to be honest. But what weíve done is weíve set a few things up, nothing wonderful, nothing Craig hadnít done before but probably if you like its just a different voice, probably slightly lighter and weíve said to them Ďlook take responsibility your good players start believing in yourselves whatís the last thing that can happení and I think they showed that tonight.

Iím pleased for them, its always nice to get a win but its especially nice for us, but what I will say is particularly after the way we got beat on Saturday was such a disappointment for them because we set out on Saturday with little or no time to prepare Sat and what we said is Ďlook if nothing else lets happens lets get a clean sheet, lets start with that, lets get that and build from thereí. thatís exactly how it went and then we conceded right at the death and then you think oh its going to knock them again but it didnítí, obviously theyíve gone away and licked there wounds, got them on the training pitch, got them going again and like you say I think the manner of it was really pleasing, for them and the supporters because theyíve neverÖ there an honest set of players who give you what theyíve got.

A little bit like here we go again but I have got a belief in them, Craigís brought some good players here, some of them itís taken a while to adapt and weíve got some good young players you know I think you seen tonight. We could obviously do with an experienced head or two, thatís something I think u know weíll need to look at but we got good players here and even then your thinking ah donít give up and myself and Michael said coming here Ďwere going to be braveí we werenít going to sit back and at 1-1 you can let it peter out but we said no, weíll send the young lad on up front. Heíll make an effect, so were geniuses really.

At the moment Iím just so pleased for them and thatís how I genuinely feel Iím just so pleased for them, Iíll probably just get it on the bus going home and think isnít it great but at the moment, youíve seen the supporters getting behind us, yeah theyíve been great so Iíll be selfish and think about myself when Iím tucking into my lasagne and champagne.

When they asked me to do it in the interim I said do what ever you got to do but pay me the courtesy when you going to appoint a manager would you be kind enough to let me know. I think thatís a sensible way to go. Otherwise Iím going to be picking up the papers, watching sky and listening to the radio, watching BBC and sitting thinking oh god whose going where, and why would I want to worry over something I canít effect? The only thing I can affect is tonight so thatís what Iíll concentrate on. Itís not easy to do by the way but Iíve managed to do it so far.



apologise for spelling, punctuation and mistakes. These quotes have been taken immediately from the conference and put onto the website.

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