Holloway as Blackpool manager in 2010
|Full name||Ian Scott Holloway|
|Date of birth||12 March 1963|
|Place of birth||Kingswood, Bristol, England|
|Current club||Crystal Palace (manager)|
|1987||→ Torquay United (loan)||5||(0)|
|1991–1996||Queens Park Rangers||147||(4)|
|2001–2006||Queens Park Rangers|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
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. Before his current job as Crystal Palace manager, he had also previously managed QPR, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Blackpool.
He is known by the nickname "Ollie", which is also the title of his autobiography. Holloway has a reputation amongst football fans for his off-the-wall interviews, with a wide selection of quotes and soundbites being printed. He is also known for his top quality dance moves and avid love for Maya Jane Coles.
Playing career 
A native of Kingswood, 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. 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. 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). After four seasons at Rovers, he was transferred to Wimbledon in July 1985 for £35,000.
His 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. In January 1987 he joined Torquay United on loan, playing five times. In August 1987, after two years in London, Holloway returned to Bristol Rovers for a fee of £10,000.
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. 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. 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.
Career statistics 
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
Managerial career 
Bristol Rovers 
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. In 1999–2000, his last full season at the club, Rovers finished 7th, narrowly missing the playoffs.
Queens Park Rangers 
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. 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. 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.
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.
Holloway was suspended (sent on gardening leave) as manager by Queens Park Rangers on 6 February 2006. 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.
Plymouth Argyle 
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 805-mile (1,296 km) round trip a drink: "Anyone who travelled up there please send me a letter. I would love to buy you a drink."
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. 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 three and a half-year contract. His departure, however, was met with negativity from Argyle fans.
|“||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.||”|
Leicester City 
On 7 February 2008, in a build up 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. 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. Winning just nine out of 32 games, Leicester were relegated from the Championship on 4 May 2008.
On 23 May 2008, following the club's relegation, Holloway and Leicester City parted company by mutual consent. 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."
On 21 May 2009 it was reported that Holloway, after 363 days out of football, was set to be announced as the new manager of Blackpool following the departure of their caretaker manager Tony Parkes. The appointment was confirmed later the same day with Holloway signing a one-year contract with the club. 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.
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.
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. I had to be at a Premier League meeting, and [look] what that has caused by not coming back up for training. We only had eight players, some were on international duty and I wasn't going to train them that hard anyway. Look at how things go crazy. But welcome, and by the way, we've just signed some new players as well. I just want to get that straight.||”|
The following day it was reported that Holloway had signed a new two-year contract.
On 27 January 2011, the Premier League fined Blackpool £25,000 for fielding what they believed to be a weakened team against Aston Villa on 10 November 2010. Holloway, who initially threatened to resign if punishment was dealt, made ten changes to the team for the fixture. Holloway was made aware of the fine over the phone while playing golf with his wife at Shawhill Golf Club in Chorley. He offered his resignation to Karl Oyston, but it was rejected.
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.
In May 2012, Holloway guided Blackpool into The Championship play-offs for the second time in as many seasons in the division.
Holloway's win percentage in League games as Blackpool manager was 37.8% (54 wins from 143 games).
Crystal Palace 
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. He took charge of his first game on 6 November, which Crystal Palace won 5–0 against Ipswich Town.
Managerial statistics 
- As of 13 May 2013
|Bristol Rovers||13 May 1996||29 January 2001||247||90||70||87||36.44|
|Queens Park Rangers||26 February 2001||6 February 2006||252||100||81||71||39.68|
|Plymouth Argyle||28 June 2006||21 November 2007||71||28||23||20||39.44|
|Leicester City||22 November 2007||23 May 2008||32||9||8||15||28.13|
|Blackpool||21 May 2009||3 November 2012||161||62||43||56||38.51|
|Crystal Palace||4 November 2012||Present||36||12||14||10||33.33|
- Bristol Rovers
- Queen's Park Rangers
- Football League Second Division Promotion 2003–04
Stress test 
In June 2004, Holloway took part in the BBC series Stress Test. The documentary addressed the fits of rage which were disrupting Holloway's home life, with the help of psychologists and an anger management expert. Holloway said afterwards: "If I hadn't done that programme, I wouldn't be sitting here now. Before I did it, I believed that I was a person who was kind, considerate, and believed in free speech. The anger management expert showed me I was a jumped-up, obnoxious little git who wouldn't listen at home because of what happened at work. If I'd carried on the way I was, I would have destructed everything I had." As a result he changed his attitude, and painted Promotion, an abstract canvas in the style of Jackson Pollock which hangs in the lounge of the family home.
Personal life 
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 if difficult."
For the last three years of his QPR career, Holloway commuted daily from Bristol to London, a 250-mile round trip, so the children could attend a deaf school in Bristol. As a result he developed severe sciatica. They then moved to St Albans when the children were of secondary school age, for the same reason. Holloway has learned sign language, and his quirky media-loving quotes have made him a high-profile campaigner on deaf issues and concerns.
Holloway on his children:
|“||We still feel that we're lucky. Yes, our children have a severe disability, but it's an invisible disability and in every other way, they're perfect, and so we're thankful for that. To experience the sheer trust and love of a deaf child is amazing. The girls' deafness has touched and enhanced our lives. We're better people because of it.||”|
During the gap between leaving Leicester and his appointment as Blackpool manager, Holloway became involved with the self-sufficiency movement, acquiring a brood of chickens and learning sufficient carpentry to build what he described as "Orpington Manor". When he moved north after taking over at Blackpool, the family brought with them their 33 chickens, three horses, two dogs and two ducks. After they settled into their home near Pendle Hill, Blackpool's groundsman, Stan Raby, gifted them seven turkeys.
Holloway is well known for his comments in post-match interviews, which are often quoted in the national media. His creative use of metaphors has made him one of the most popular interviewees and one of the cult personalities in English football. In June 2005 a book of his quotes, "Let's Have Coffee: The Tao of Ian Holloway", was published; and in June 2006 he came 15th in a Time Out poll of funniest Londoners.
His autobiography, Ollie: The Autobiography of Ian Holloway, co-written with David Clayton, was first published in 2007, with an update in 2009. In August 2008 the Little Book of Ollie'isms was published, also co-written with David Clayton. Holloway also wrote the foreword for The Official Bristol Rovers Quiz Book, published in November 2008.
Holloway is an Honorary Patron of the anti-racist organisation Show Racism the Red Card. He attended an educational event at Bloomfield Road in 2009 along with then Blackpool club captain Jason Euell, who had just recently been the victim of racist abuse. The pair attended the event and sat on a panel to share their opinions and experiences of racism with the audience of young people.
Holloway cited part of his decision to move to Crystal Palace as being on account of a desire to be closer to family following the expectation of his first grandchild, in an interview to BBC programme Football Focus.
- Little Book of Ollie'isms (2008)
- Ollie: The Autobiography of Ian Holloway (2009)
Further reading 
- Murply, Alex (1 June 2005). In Jones, Richard; Faragher Steve. Let's Have Coffee: The Tao of Ian Holloway. Bristol: Naked Guides Ltd. ISBN 0-9544177-9-8.
- "QPR suspend Holloway". bbc.co.uk. 6 February 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- "Holloway has top-flight dream". bbc.co.uk. 11 August 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- "Holloway offers to buy the drinks". bbc.co.uk. 15 August 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- "Holloway resigns". Plymouth Argyle F.C. 21 November 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- "Holloway appointed Leicester boss". bbc.co.uk. 22 November 2007. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
- Spiro, Colin (22 November 2007). "Holloway appointed Leicester boss". London: Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 November 2007.
- Chris Wheeler (25 May 2010). "Blackpool's road to riches: The future's, er, tangerine as Olly's Barmy Army party with pride". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 25 May 2010.
- "Jimbo hails Ollie arrival". Leicester City F.C. 25 November 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2007.
- "Holloway blamed for Argyle exits". bbc.co.uk. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008.
- "Holloway stunned by Argyle claims". bbc.co.uk. 7 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2008.
- "Leicester 0–1 Plymouth". bbc.co.uk. 9 February 2008. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
- "Leicester & Holloway part company". bbc.co.uk. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2009.
- "Blackpool unveil Holloway". bbc.co.uk. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2009.
- Longmore, Andrew (23 May 2010). "Blackpool reach promised land". London: The Times. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- "Big time Blackpool". BBC Sport. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 31 May 2010.
- "Seasiders Win Cup". Blackpool F.C. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
- "Blackpool boss Ian Holloway dismisses quit rumours". BBC Sport. 11 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- Bretherton, Chris (12 August 2010). "Ian Holloway Signs New Two Year Deal With Blackpool". Daily Express. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- "Blackpool fined £25,000 by Premier League" – BBC Sport, 27 January 2011
- "Ian Holloway: They said Charlie was on his way to Anfield... but he was sat next to me in my office" – The Independent on Sunday, 6 February 2011
- "Holloway offers resignation after Premier League fines Blackpool" – The Independent, 29 January 2011
- "Manchester United 4–2 Blackpool" – BBC Sport, 22 May 2011
- "Blackpool FC 2 Ipswich Town 0 – Match Report" – ClickLancashire.com, 10 September 2011
- "Holloway enters his new Palace". FFO. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
- "Ian Holloway accepts Crystal Palace manager role". BBC Sport. 3 November 2012. Retrieved 2012-11-03.
- "Crystal Palace 5–0 Ipswich" BBC Sport. 6 November 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2012.
- Chalmers, Robert. "Ian Holloway – In a league of his own". gamblog. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- Sweeney, Eamonn (30 May 2010). "Blackpool rock to Holloway's beat". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
- Campbell, Denis (2 November 2003). "Triumph and despair: Ian Holloway". London: The Observer. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
- See SoccerAM interview at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSG1HhCCa4c
- Chris Wheeler (30 October 2010). "Ian Holloway: The weird, wonderful and wild life of the Blackpool boss". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
- "Premier League Underdog Shows Fight" – New York Times, 21 December 2010
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