Ian Holloway
English footballer and manager
Ian Holloway
Ian Scott Holloway is an English football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Crystal Palace F.C. A midfielder, he began his career at hometown club Bristol Rovers in 1981, going on to play for Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay United (on loan), back to Bristol Rovers for a second spell, Queens Park Rangers and, finally, a third spell back at Bristol Rovers, where he became player-manager before ending his playing career in 1999.
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The Cross Word: Field’s assembled in race for Fratton hot seat
Hayling Islander - almost 2 years
The Pompey fans haves spoken on who they want to be the club’s next manager and the board meet today to narrow the field. Here’s my take on the runners and riders in the Fratton Hot Seat Stakes.... Phil Brown Success in League Two? Check. Knowledge of the level? Check. Personality to handle a big club? Check. Ticks all of the boxes and has talked up his appreciation of Pompey’s fans plenty of times before. Has this week indicated he is preparing to sign a new contract at Southend but could that be an effort to gauge how strong Pompey’s interest is? Paul Cook Has found himself towards the head of the betting as the bookies start to get a grip on the managerial race. Cook has produced at Chesterfield, getting them promoted and into League One play-offs and is believed to have favour on the Pompey board. But would be an underwhelming appointment for fans and a managerial CV which also includes Southport, Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley doesn’t tell us if he could handle li ...
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Holloway is top choice for Pompey job
Hayling Islander - almost 2 years
THE Pompey public have had their say on who they would like to see elected – and it’s a landslide victory. If the battle to become the next Blues boss went to the polls, Ian Holloway would be the runaway winner to be handed the top job at Fratton Park. After voting finished, more than 1,500 responses came in on our News web poll at portsmouth.co.uk to guage fans’ thoughts on who the club should appoint to replace Andy Awford. As you might expect, the views were wide and varied. But the statistical data suggested there was a clear trend, with the former Millwall, Crystal Palace and Blackpool boss claiming more than a quarter of the voting share. With 27-per-cent share of the total vote, Holloway was clear favourite. The 52-year-old is renowned as a colourful character and many clearly believe he is the right sort of fit for Pompey. But he also has vast managerial experience with seven jobs behind him and has either played or managed throughout the English divisions during his lon ...
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Holloway flattered by Pompey link
Hayling Islander - almost 2 years
Ian Holloway has admitted he is flattered fans have linked him with the vacant Pompey job.
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Soccer-Pulis named Crystal Palace manager
Yahoo News - about 3 years
Tony Pulis has been appointed Crystal Palace manager on a two-and-a-half-year contract, the struggling Premier League club said on their website on Saturday. Former Stoke City boss Pulis, 55, replaced Ian Holloway, who left by mutual consent last month after picking up only three points from eight matches following promotion to the top flight. Pulis will watch Palace's Premier League game at Hull City on Saturday from the stands before taking charge of the team for the next match against Norwich City.
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Soccer-Solid Palace make caretaker boss smile
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Mark Young LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Crystal Palace earned their first point in eight Premier League matches as they kept Everton at bay in a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park to bring a smile to the face of caretaker manager Keith Millen before he bows out. With the league's bottom club set to name a new manager before they travel to Hull City in two weeks time, Millen could look back on a job well done after bringing some stability to the team following Ian Holloway's departure last month. "We set ourselves up to block Everton's passing. I will never criticise a player for missing chances." Promoted Palace, who have four points from 11 matches, missed three great chances with Kagisho Dikagcoi and Marouane Chamakh off target with headers as was Jerome Thomas when he tried lobbing keeper Tim Howard when clean through on goal.
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Soccer-Arteta scores, then sent off as Arsenal beat Palace
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, Oct 26 (Reuters) - Mikel Arteta scored Premier League leaders Arsenal's first goal in a 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Saturday but was later sent off in the early kickoff in south London. The Spaniard stroked away a penalty two minutes after halftime after Arsenal substitute Serge Gnabry was chopped down by Adlene Guedioura. Palace, who parted company with manager Ian Holloway on Wednesday after losing seven of their first eight matches of the season, had few opportunities even when Arteta was red-carded on 65 minutes for a foul on former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh. ...
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Sports Spread: Rudderless Palace to stem gung-ho Gunners?
Reuters.com - over 3 years
Oct. 24 - Fresh from parting ways with their manager Ian Holloway, relegation favourites Crystal Palace face an in-form Arsenal team looking to remain top, while giants Chelsea clash at home with Man City.
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Soccer-Palace target Pulis to replace Holloway as manager
Yahoo News - over 3 years
* Former Stoke manager Pulis in frame * Holloway admits losing team's sprit (Recasts on Pulis) By Josh Reich LONDON, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Crystal Palace have targeted former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis as a possible replacement for Ian Holloway who left the Premier League strugglers by mutual consent on Wednesday. Palace co-chairman Steve Parish said Pulis, who parted company with Stoke in May, would be approached about the position. "He's out of work, got Premier League experience. Not a bad shout. We need someone who has been there and done it and got the T-shirt. ...
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Dobbie’s back for another spell at ‘special’ Blackpool
The Gazette - over 3 years
Stephen Dobbie says there’s just something special about him and Blackpool FC. The 30-year-old striker made a shock return to Bloomfield Road yesterday, just hours before Pool’s 3-1 defeat away to the Championship’s bottom club Millwall. A three-month loan deal was struck between the Seasiders and Crystal Palace just in time for Dobbie to be named among the substitutes and come on in the 76th minute. And the Scot, who has had two previous loan stints at the club, says it was an easy decision to make. “It just seems to work for me and Blackpool – that’s the main reason I keep coming back,” he told The Gazette. “There was no decision to make for me. I love the area and it’s close to Scotland for me. I love playing at Bloomfield Road. “I have a great respect for the Blackpool fans and I’ve always enjoyed my time at the club.” Both his previous spells ended with Championship play-off finals at Wembley. He was part of the side which won promotion to the Premier League in 2010 before ...
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Holloway accepts two-game FA ban for Spurs rant
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway will serve a two-match touchline suspension after accepting charges over his conduct during his side's loss to Tottenham Hotspur, the Football Association announced on Wednesday.
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With his principles and his wit much intact, a Premier League manager begins anew
Fox News - over 3 years
At times, it feels as if Ian Holloway is out there by himself.
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Soccer-Crystal Palace lure Puncheon from Southampton
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, Aug 21 (Reuters) - Southampton winger Jason Puncheon has jumped ship to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on a season-long loan deal, the London club said on Wednesday. Puncheon, who did not feature in the 18-strong squad for Southampton's opener at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, said he was thrilled at the chance to return to Palace where he had played as a boy. "I think it's a great move for myself to come and play games," the 27-year-old said. "Obviously Crystal Palace are my hometown club and more importantly (manager) Ian Holloway is here as well. ...
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Palace Manager Holloway Charged by FA for Referee Outburst
NYTimes - over 3 years
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been charged with improper conduct and bringing football into disrepute following an outburst against match officials on Sunday.     
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Soccer-Palace manager has day one gripe with referee
Yahoo News - over 3 years
LONDON, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway said the refereeing had left a bitter taste after his promoted side went down 1-0 at home to a Tottenham Hotspur penalty in their opening Premier League match on Sunday. Holloway claimed Spurs would feel the same sense of injustice when they faced the biggest sides in the league such as champions Manchester United. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ian Holloway
  • 2015
    Age 51
    On 10 March 2015, for the first time in his managerial career, Holloway was sacked, with the team second from bottom in the Championship and having lost five of their last six games.
    More Details Hide Details Bristol Rovers Wimbledon Queen's Park Rangers Blackpool Crystal Palace Holloway met fellow Bristolian Kim when she was aged 14, and after marrying, he nursed her through lymphatic cancer. The couple have four children: William, twins Eve and Chloe, and Harriet. The twins were born profoundly deaf, as both Ian and Kim had a recessive form of a certain gene meaning that there was a higher chance that they would have deaf children. The doctors told them that there was only a remote possibility of any other children being deaf, but Harriet was also born deaf. Talking about his children, Holloway said: "it's been a fight all the way along to get proper provision for the girls, especially a good education. There's been rows, tribunals, appeals and endless phone calls. We have been labelled as bolshie parents. My view is that every child in the world has the right to be educated properly and whether your eyes or ears don't work is irrelevant. But the system at the moment makes it difficult."
  • 2014
    Age 50
    In the 2014–15 season, as Millwall dropped in the relegation places in The Championship, Holloway admitted that he had become an unpopular manager with the Millwall fans.
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  • 2013
    Age 49
    He then guided the club to Championship safety for the 2013–14 season as Millwall finished 19th, four points above the relegation places.
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    On 23 October 2013 after a 4-1 loss against Fulham, Holloway left the club by mutual consent after less than a year in charge.
    More Details Hide Details On 6 January 2014 he signed two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall.
    In the 2013–14 Premier League season, Crystal Palace started with just three points from the first eight games as Holloway came under pressure to keep his job.
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    On 27 May 2013 Holloway guided Crystal Palace to promotion to the 2013–14 Premier League after beating Watford 1-0 through a penalty converted by Kevin Philips in extra time.
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  • 2012
    Age 48
    On 3 November 2012, Holloway agreed to join Crystal Palace as manager, although caretaker manager Curtis Fleming remained in charge of the team for the match on that day.
    More Details Hide Details He took charge of his first game on 6 November, which Crystal Palace won 5–0 against Ipswich Town.
    In May 2012, Holloway guided Blackpool into The Championship play-offs for the second time in as many seasons in the division.
    More Details Hide Details Holloway's win percentage in League games as Blackpool manager was 37.8% (54 wins from 143 games). At the time of his departure, Holloway was the joint-ninth (with Harry Potts) longest serving Blackpool manager in terms of Football League games in charge.
  • 2011
    Age 47
    Holloway marked his century of games in charge of Blackpool with a victory, the 37th of his reign, over Ipswich Town at Bloomfield Road on 10 September 2011.
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    On 22 May 2011, Blackpool lost their Premier League status after losing 4–2 to champions Manchester United at Old Trafford, coupled with results elsewhere, and returned to The Championship after one season.
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  • 2009
    Age 45
    His first league game in charge of the Seasiders was a 1–1 draw with his former club Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on 8 August 2009, the opening day of the 2009–10 season.
    More Details Hide Details Nine months later, he guided the club to the Premier League after winning the play-offs following a sixth-placed finish in The Championship, becoming only the second Blackpool manager (after Les Shannon in 1970) to win promotion in his first full season. Holloway described the achievement as the best moment of his life, aside from seeing his children born. Holloway followed this up in late July by leading Blackpool to victory in the South West Challenge Cup annual pre-season tournament. It was the first time a Premier League club had taken part. Before the start of Blackpool's first top flight season in 40 years, media reports suggested that Holloway was set to resign as manager following an alleged dispute with club chairman Karl Oyston. However, at a press conference held at Bloomfield Road on 11 August to announce the arrival of four new players, Holloway swiftly denied the rumours, describing his relationship with Oyston as "absolutely fantastic". And adding: Apparently yesterday Tuesday I had resigned. It's just a crazy world that we have moved into. Before anyone asks a question, I just want to make sure you can see me – you can see me here and I'm not a cardboard cut-out, because somehow or other, I'm not supposed to be here. I had to be in London the day before and didn't want to drive back at six o'clock in the morning to get here because I was too tired.
    On 21 May 2009 it was reported that Holloway, after 364 days out of football, was set to be announced as the new manager of Blackpool following the departure of their caretaker manager Tony Parkes.
    More Details Hide Details The appointment was confirmed later the same day with Holloway signing a one-year contract with the club.
  • 2008
    Age 44
    On 23 May 2008, following the club's relegation, Holloway and Leicester City parted company by mutual consent.
    More Details Hide Details Reflecting on his time at Leicester, he said "Leicester City is a marvellous club and I am as devastated as anybody that this great club suffered relegation. I gave 100% to the cause but unfortunately we ran out of time. The fans here are a different class and deserve a lot, lot better. I'd like to wish everyone connected with Leicester City well for the future – the club will always remain close to my heart."
    Winning just nine out of 32 games, Leicester were relegated from the Championship on 4 May 2008 entering for the first time ever in their, then one hundred and twenty four year, history the third tier of English football.
    More Details Hide Details Leicester City being up to that time one of only a handful (nine) of English teams that had never been out of the first two tiers of English football.
    On 7 February 2008, in a buildup to a match against Plymouth at the Walkers Stadium, Argyle chairman Paul Stapleton spoke negatively of Holloway for allowing several high-profile players to leave the club before joining Leicester.
    More Details Hide Details A total of five players left Plymouth in the January transfer window, which he claimed was all Holloway's fault. Holloway, stunned by the claims, had his lawyers look at the statements, while Mandarić accused Stapleton of "sour grapes" over Holloway's move to Leicester, saying Plymouth Argyle should be thankful for what he had achieved during his time there. Plymouth won the match 1–0 as Holloway's former charges came back to haunt him.
  • 2007
    Age 43
    Following press speculation, on 21 November 2007, Holloway submitted his resignation to the Plymouth Argyle board, with speculation that he was about to be offered the vacant managerial position at Leicester City.
    More Details Hide Details The Plymouth board issued a statement saying he was still employed by Plymouth and tied legally to his contract, and the board's decision on whether or not to accept his resignation would be made on Friday, 23 November. Having agreed a compensation package for his services, he was announced in a press conference by Milan Mandarić as Leicester manager on 22 November, signing a -year contract. His departure, however, was met with negativity from Argyle fans. After an open top bus tour in Blackpool, after his Blackpool side won promotion to the Premier League some three years later, Holloway said: I had a year out of football and had to think about what went wrong in my life. I was given some decent values from my mum and dad in our council house, and one of them was honesty and trust and loyalty. And I forgot to do all that at Plymouth. I left them. And I made the biggest mistake of my life.
  • 2006
    Age 42
    Holloway was suspended (sent on gardening leave) as manager by Queens Park Rangers on 6 February 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The reason given by the Q.P.R board was that the constant rumours linking Holloway to the vacant managerial position at Leicester City were causing too many problems for the club. As it turned out, the Leicester job went to Rob Kelly, and QPR went on to finish 21st, just one place above the relegation positions. On 28 June Holloway became the manager of Plymouth Argyle, and promised to take the club to the Premier League. On 12 August, after Plymouth beat Sunderland away 2–3, in celebration of his first away win as manager, Holloway offered to buy every one of the 700 fans who made the round trip a drink: "Anyone who travelled up there please send me a letter. I would love to buy you a drink."
  • 2005
    Age 41
    Holloway's first full season in The Championship ended with a respectable 11th place, and during the following season 2005–06, the club continued to hover around mid-table.
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  • 2001
    Age 37
    After steadying the ship in 2001–02, and a near miss in 2002–03, Holloway and QPR were promoted back to the second level in 2004, finishing second behind Plymouth Argyle.
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    In February 2001, midway through the 2000–01 season, Holloway was appointed manager of QPR, where he was given the task of keeping the team in Division One.
    More Details Hide Details He failed to do so, as QPR finished second from bottom and were relegated to the third level for the first time in 34 years. Despite the relegation, Holloway stayed on and rebuilt the side.
  • 1999
    Age 35
    In 1999–2000, his last full season at the club, Rovers finished 7th, narrowly missing the playoffs.
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  • 1996
    Age 32
    Holloway spent five seasons at QPR, playing more than 150 games for the club, before returning to Bristol Rovers for the third time in August 1996, this time as player-manager.
    More Details Hide Details Notes: a. Exact details for his Bristol Rovers appearances not known, so all included in one season for each stint at the club (1984–85 and 1990–91) until specific season details known b. All Football League Trophy results are included in totals Holloway took over a club that was struggling both on and off the pitch. In his first season in charge of Rovers, he led the club to 17th place in Division Two (now League One). The next season, however, Bristol Rovers gained fifth place and made the playoffs. Despite taking a first-leg advantage of 3–1 against Northampton Town, Rovers subsequently lost 3–0 in the second leg and went out 4–3 on aggregate in the semi-finals. The 1998–99 season ended with a somewhat disappointing 13th place. Holloway retired as a player following that season, having played more than 400 matches for Bristol Rovers, to concentrate fully on management.
  • 1991
    Age 27
    When Francis was appointed manager of First Division side QPR in 1991, one of his first signings was Holloway, for a fee of £230,000 in August 1991.
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  • 1987
    Age 23
    In August 1987, after two years in London, Holloway returned to Bristol Rovers for a fee of £10,000.
    More Details Hide Details Back at Rovers, who were now playing "home" games at Twerton Park in Bath, and under the wing of new Rovers manager Gerry Francis, Holloway flourished. In four seasons, he missed only five games.
    In January 1987 he joined Torquay United on loan, playing five times.
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  • 1986
    Age 22
    Holloway's stay at Wimbledon was a short one. In March 1986, after less than one year at the club, he was sold to Brentford for £25,000, where he also spent just a little over a year.
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  • 1985
    Age 21
    After four seasons at Rovers, he was transferred to Wimbledon in July 1985 for £35,000.
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  • 1981
    Age 17
    Holloway began his playing career as an apprentice with his hometown team Bristol Rovers, turning professional in March 1981 and making his league debut the same year.
    More Details Hide Details He usually played on the right side of midfield, and made his name as one of the more promising players in the Third Division (now League One).
    A midfielder, he began his career at hometown club Bristol Rovers in 1981, going on to play for Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay United (on loan), back to Bristol Rovers for a second spell, Queens Park Rangers and, finally, a third spell back at Bristol Rovers, where he became player-manager before ending his playing career in 1999.
    More Details Hide Details He has also managed Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City, Blackpool and Crystal Palace. As he did with Blackpool three years earlier, Holloway managed Crystal Palace to promotion to the Premier League in May 2013, but after the club had won only one of their opening eight games he left, by mutual consent, on 23 October 2013 after less than a year in charge. On 6 January 2014 Holloway signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall; this was terminated in March 2015. He is known by the nickname "Ollie", which is also the title of his autobiography. Holloway has a reputation amongst football fans for his Bristol accent, off-the-wall interviews and amusing answers to questions from the media, with a wide selection of quotes and soundbites being printed. A native of Kingswood, east of Bristol, Holloway grew up in Cadbury Heath, where his mother, Jean, still lives in the same council house. Holloway went to Sir Bernard Lovell School in Oldland Common at the same time that Gary Penrice was at Chase School for Boys in Mangotsfield. They still remain close friends today. His father Bill – an amateur footballer – worked as a seaman and a factory worker.
  • 1963
    Born on March 12, 1963.
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