Christmas festivities at the Holloway house - and not in a hotel

This Is Local London: Merry Christmas: Palace boss Ian Holloway will be spending the festive period at home and not in a hotel    SP70856 Merry Christmas: Palace boss Ian Holloway will be spending the festive period at home and not in a hotel SP70856

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway will be spending the new year settled at home, rather than living out of a suitcase in a hotel.

Since taking the Selhurst Park hot seat in November, Holloway has been living a nomadic life travelling from Blackpool and then taking up residence at a hotel’s pleasure.

However, two weeks’ ago the Holloway family finally moved into a new home less than an hour’s drive from Palace’s Beckenham training ground and, for more reasons than at first seem obvious, Holloway is delighted.

“It’s a relief to me, but I am more relieved for my dear wife,” he said. “She lets me live the life I need to, to be a football manager and I do my best to provide for her and our family.

“And to be settled in somewhere over Christmas and new year is equally relieving.”

Holloway added: “The hotel has been great, but you cannot escape the fact that it is an impersonal environment.

“My wife has to leave the room to let the cleaners in each week, and you never know who might walk in using a master key.”

Being settled has had a knock on effect for, not only Mrs Holloway, but also the players under Mr Holloway’s charge.

He said: “Everyone at the club has been brilliant to us and while everything has gone as smoothly as it could, the fact I am now settled can only be good for the players.”

And on this festive occasion, Holloway added: "I'd like to take this opportunity to wish everyone associated with Crystal Palace - the staff, fans, players, the local community a very merry Christmas and a happy new year."

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7:04pm Thu 27 Dec 12

IHIHIH says...

I suspect we need to be careful here as I 'think' Mr Holloway said that he bought a house in Lytham near Blackpool shortly before he walked out on them.

Does not sound like a man of too many morals to me, but I hope I am wrong for the sake of us real Palace fans. Wonder what the property is like around the Cardiff area??? Mouth shut and action on the pitch for the New Year please!!!!!
I suspect we need to be careful here as I 'think' Mr Holloway said that he bought a house in Lytham near Blackpool shortly before he walked out on them. Does not sound like a man of too many morals to me, but I hope I am wrong for the sake of us real Palace fans. Wonder what the property is like around the Cardiff area??? Mouth shut and action on the pitch for the New Year please!!!!! IHIHIH

12:27pm Fri 28 Dec 12

bally1966 says...

Olly has standard phrases that he rolls off every week.

Its the refs fault
Its the best side I have ever had the pleasure to work with.
I want the boy to stay so I can work with him and improve his game

Unfortunately the one thing he cannot handle is when a fan has a 'pop' at him about his team selection or tactics.
Sorry but he lost my respect when he left at 3 hours notice.
Olly has standard phrases that he rolls off every week. Its the refs fault Its the best side I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I want the boy to stay so I can work with him and improve his game Unfortunately the one thing he cannot handle is when a fan has a 'pop' at him about his team selection or tactics. Sorry but he lost my respect when he left at 3 hours notice. bally1966

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