Ian Holloway talks VAR, mic’d up managers and Pulp Fiction

Ian Holloway by Ian Holloway / 23 August 2019, 11:44

During my managerial career I’ve had some scandalous decisions go against me in games against Man City and Man Utd.

When I was in charge of Blackpool we played City and lost 3-2 at home. We had a goal chalked off, and they had two goals that were allowed to stand - all three decisions wrong. Our goal was onside, one of theirs was offside and in the other there was a foul on one of my players. That’s a three-goal change around.

I’ve always been for VAR but the use of it has to improve and I think the confusion during Man City’s game against Tottenham was because they changed the rules to something bordering on mind-boggling stupidity. Where was the clear and obvious handball? It doesn’t make sense to me. If it had hit the defenders hand it wouldn’t have counted as a penalty.

If it’s not clear and obvious, and you’ve been watching it for two or three minutes then what are you looking for? Just because you can see it with a microscope after 15 minutes of reviewing it doesn’t make it clear and obvious.

The biggest judge of all was that Tottenham didn’t even complain. Normally when players know that something is wrong they go mental, but the Spurs players didn’t even complain because they knew it was a goal, which has taken it to farcical levels.

How can you have a rule that’s deliberately stopping people from possibly scoring? That doesn’t make sense, I would rather see more goals. There’s a definite confusion between VAR and the rule change. It’s an absolutely stupid rule, change it back, keep VAR going, and things will get better.

At the moment if you’re at the ground you don’t have a clue what’s going on, you have to look on your phone to find out! You pay all that money to go to the game but you come out confused.

You don’t do that in the cinema do you? Well, that’s unless it’s a dodgy film script at the end, and you’re trying to work it out. I had to watch Pulp Fiction again as I was a bit lost.

I think rugby is better as they’ve learnt how to use their rules.

You just need to watch a top international rugby game to see that the referees are brilliant at it. They make decisions, then can overrule it. I think football referees should also be mic’d up, it will stop the players swearing for starters. I believe it’s absolutely imperative that fans understand what the referees are saying.

But as for managers, we shouldn’t be allowed to be mic’d up, as you should be allowed to vent your spleen as a manager!

For me the most embarrassing time of my life came when I was picked up by the armpits by two lads at Birmingham. I had to leave my dugout because I’d kicked it in frustration. My little feet were flapping around, I looked like a little two-year-old!

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