Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has threatened to quit the club if he is punished for fielding what could be considered a weakened team against Aston Villa.
Holloway made 10 changes to the side which drew with Everton at the weekend, with only Keith Southern keeping his starting place for the 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.
The Premier League set a precedent last season by giving Wolves a suspended £25,000 fine after he made the same number of changes for a game against Manchester United.
But unlike McCarthy, who admitted he had field a weaker XI, Hollowing insists he had no choice but the make changes with the club in the middle of a busy run of fixtures.
And when asked what he would do if his club were punished by Premier League officials, he said: “I’d pack in. I can’t work for this madness. I would resign. They don’t know what they’re talking about.
He added: “If Charlie (Adam) played, if (David) Vaughan played, if (Gary) Taylor-Fletcher played, they’re all carrying slight bits and pieces. Charlie and Vaughany have been on international duty – they haven’t had a break.
“I should have probably played the other players at Birmingham (in October) but I didn’t. It’s all about getting the timing right. I can’t keep picking the same XI when the others are trying their heart out and never give them a chance.
“I knew all the way along, whatever the scores were, I was going to reward the ones who played well for me last year and then I’m going to try some new ones. I have myself at least 10 games and this is the 12th game.
“If I play my players four times in a row at this level, they will get injured, and I don’t do that to my players. I picked a team that I spent a lot of money on.
“I’ve been working with them for the last however many weeks and I’ve been watching them improve. I might have to play them a lot more because some of them outplayed my team that has been playing.”
The Seasiders were denied a point at Villa Park by a last-minute goal from Villa’s James Collins.