Blackpool rock, warns Holloway fan Kidd
- 31 December 2010 11:03
- Posted by Peter Ferguson
Brian Kidd expects a tough start to 2011 as City's Premier League title hopefuls tackle bubbly Blackpool on New Year's Day.
Ian Holloway's surprise packets have given a few top sides some headaches since promotion, and it needed a goal of the season contender from David Silva to split the sides when they met in October.
Roberto Mancini's right-hand man, who has himself managed at Premier League level with Blackburn Rovers, believes that effervescent Seasiders boss Holloway has further improved Blackpool since that 3-2 defeat.
Kidd said: "From the outside looking in, I think what Ollie has done is say to his team: 'Express yourselves and let's see how we end up!' And they've been tremendous, because everybody wrote them off.
"They gave us a severe examination at Bloomfield Road. We managed to win the game and it coincided with David Silva coming on and, for me, influencing the game with Carlos Tevez. It was a hard-earned victory that day.
"That was early on in the season. They have gone on from strength to strength, and if you look at it now, if Ollie keeps them in the Premier League, he'll be manager of the season, no doubt about it.
"I think he only had about nine players coming up to the start of the season, so his judgement of players and staff has been very good, and the players have responded brilliantly."
City go into the New Year as joint Premier League leaders, but Kidd regards the demanding US summer tour as the bedrock to a title bid: "We're in a good position, but it isn't done in January, it's done in July.
"You don't want to be too far behind teams at this stage of the season. There's five teams up there. The top four has been the priority but I believe with the manager and the players we've got, we can go the distance."