MILLWALL manager Ian Holloway insists he will put sentiment to one side when he faces old club Blackpool tonight.
Holloway took the Tangerines to the Premier League during three-and-a-half years in charge at Bloomfield Road but says he is determined to get one over his former employers.
The 50-year-old, who left his job at Blackpool in November 2012, suffered a 1-0 defeat with Crystal Palace when he returned to the Fylde coast last season.
He said: "I'm not sentimental about going back, why would I be? Blackpool weren't even the last club I managed.
"At the end of the day, I'm going up there with my new team to try and do something that might upset them. We're trying to catch them up in the table."
Nevertheless, Holloway looks back on his time at Blackpool with great fondness.
"Football is like the weather sometimes," he added. "Jimmy Armfield sent me a letter after I left, thanking me for the wonderful days in the sun. That's what it felt like.
"We had a wonderful period of our football lives together. I enjoyed it and so did the fans, but I can assure you they don't particularly like you after you've gone.
"It was a good time football-wise for me and I tried to leave them in a better situation than the one I found them in and I think I did that.
"I tried to give them things they hadn't seen before, which was a team that wanted the ball and played the right way. I enjoyed the squad we put together.
"But that was then and this is now, and I am enjoying my time at Millwall and hopefully we can turn the corner."
Pool were top of the Championship after the first month of the season but have not won a game this year and are sliding down the table at an alarming rate.
The Lions can move within one point of Barry Ferguson's side with victory on Tuesday, but Holloway said: "I'd take their points right now.
"They've got 35 already and are four points better off than us. We'd swap places with them in a heartbeat.
"Blackpool's recent form is irrelevant because our recent form, points-wise, hasn't been that good either.
"It is just the way things have come about for them because they had all those wins at the start of the season but they've lost Tom Ince and Matt Phillips.
"So what do you expect? If you take those two out of your team, you have got a totally different dynamic.
"It is a terrible journey for us, far too quick to turn things around and it should never have been a midweek game. But that's life and it will be the same for other teams."