Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: My time at Leicester City was the worst possible nightmare
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he probably would not have enjoyed the success he has had with the Tangerines if it was not for his time as Leicester City boss.
Holloway was at the helm with City as they slipped into the third tier of English football for the first time in the club's history and was subsequently sacked by then City chairman Milan Mandaric.
Holloway has never been forgiven by many City fans for that failure.
However, he has rebuilt his career and his reputation as a manager with Blackpool, leading them into the Premier League and into the play-off final last season.
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"My time at Leicester helped me with my life and really helped me with my next job at Blackpool," he said.
"I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing here without what happened to me at Leicester.
"I can guarantee Leicester fans that every single day I went into that club I tried my best.
"Whatever I seemed to do there didn't really work, but there wasn't one day I gave up – not ever.
"It was like my worst nightmare ever. Leicester are a great club, the fans didn't moan at me much when I was there.
"I've learnt from that awful feeling and I was strong enough to look at what I did, dust myself down and get back going."
Holloway has a dismal record as a manager at the King Power Stadium and believes his side will have to be on top form if that is to change.
"I've not won at Leicester for years and I'm sick and fed up of that."
Blackpool will come up against the one that got away today when Jamie Vardy lines up for City.
The 25-year-old was the subject of a bid by Blackpool last season during his time at neighbours Fleetwood, but it was City and manager Nigel Pearson who showed more desire to snap up the striker with a £1million bid in the summer.
Vardy has already started to repay the faith Pearson has shown in him with goals in the Capital One Cup at Torquay and last weekend at Blackburn.
Pearson said Vardy, who was rested for the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Burton Albion but will come back into the side this afternoon, has demonstrated he is determined to take the opportunity afforded to him, as he shows Blackpool's loss is City's gain.
"I have been very pleased with him," said Pearson.
"He has come in and settled in very quickly. His work-rate is phenomenal, in and out of possession, but also he gets into goalscoring positions.
"He is unlucky not to have two more goals because the two he has had disallowed were unlucky.
"He will work hard throughout the season and will bring a lot of energy to the side.
"It will be nice to have him back involved today."