Ian Holloway is new manager of Crystal Palace after surprisingly leaving fellow Championship side Blackpool. Holloway is one of the more colourful managers in the game at the moment and is known for his forthright opinions and interesting press conferences on a weekly basis.
Holloway had a long playing career at a decent level with stints at clubs like Bristol Rovers and Queens Park Rangers among others on his CV. He had long spells in Bristol and at QPR as a player and has since managed both clubs with varying degrees of success.
Holloway started his Managerial career at Bristol Rovers as a Player/Manager and he made a good impact on the club who were struggling at the time. Holloway managed to stabilise the club in League One and while he didn't manage to take them to promotion he left them in a better state than when he took over the reigns.
Holloway was appointed Manager of QPR in February 2011 but he was unable to keep them in the division and the club were relegated to the third tier of English football. Holloway set about rebuilding the team and after a couple of near misses he took Rangers back into the Championship in 2004.
Holloway left QPR in 2006 and joined Plymouth a few short months later where he was to endure a difficult patch. Holloway lasted just over a year at Home Park before he left the club to join Leicester city. It was an acrimonious departure for Holloway and to make things worse he lasted only 32 games in the midlands as he struggled to settle in the Midlands.
Holloway seems to have found a perfect fit in Blackpool, he led the unfancied club into the Premier League with the club putting up a great fight to stay in the top flight. Followinng relegation back to the Championship, Holloway has stayed on and will aiming to take them back into the Premier League as soon as possible.
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