What They're Saying

“I have total optimism; my chairman has total pessimism. The chairman’s grip on the money is more impressive than a top gymnast doing a high-bar routine, and I’m trying to pry those fingers open to deals he’s probably not comfortable with.”

-- Blackpool manager  Ian Holloway, whose club won promotion to the Premier League for the first time and beat Wigan, 4-0, in its opening game. Many of last season's players were on loan, so Holloway had to scramble to put together a team. Blackpool's starting lineup against Wigan was the lowest-priced in the EPL.  (New York Times)

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