Could Ian Holloway return to Plymouth?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 02 May 2019, 09:47

Ian Holloway has fuelled speculation that he is eager to return to managerless Plymouth for a second spell.

The out-of-work boss, who managed the Green Army between 2006 and 2007, took to Instagram on Wednesday:

Just wanted to share a post while waiting for Barcelona v Liverpool. Overwhelmed by all the kind words from the Argyle fans. Thank you so much, it means a lot to me. Green Army!! 

It’s been nearly 12 years since Holloway exited Home Park in order to take over at Leicester. It was a controversial departure too, as Holloway left the club when they were 4th in the Championship. Many fans still haven’t forgiven him.

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In the end, Plymouth slipped to 10th, they’ve not carved out a higher Football League finish since.

Holloway’s switch ultimately backfired, as Leicester were relegated down to the third-tier for the first time in their history.

Holloway was subsequently axed after 32 games. He bounced back with Blackpool, with whom he led up to the Premier League, which has been followed by spells at Crystal Palace, Millwall, and QPR.

The 56-year-old, who recently revealed his regret at ditching Plymouth for Leicester, has been out of the managerial arena for a year now but the new vacancy at former club Plymouth means he’s inevitably been thrust into the betting at 6/4, level with Bristol Rovers boss Graham Coughlan.

Derek Adams’ four-year spell was brought to an end last weekend after a fifth straight defeat dropped Plymouth into the drop zone with only a game left to play - against relegation rivals Scunthorpe United. Even a win might not be enough to secure safety.

First team coach Kevin Nancekivell, a 25/1 shot for the permanent job, will oversee Saturday’s fixture.

It will now be interesting to see if there are any developments regarding a potential return for Holloway, who has not yet been approached.

Reaction to a return would undoubtedly be mixed, but Holloway’s clear remorse could warm a few of the doubters.

 

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