Holloway rallies the Selhurst Park faithful in Glaziers bar

Hello everyone: Ian Holloway addresses the punters in the Glaziers Bar before the Blackburn Rovers match

Energised: Ian Holloway greets the Palace fans on Saturday SP70854

Two-goal hero: Glenn Murray bagged both goals in the 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers on Saturday SP70854

First published in Crystal Palace FC This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

Ian Holloway was introduced to the Selhurst Park crowd at half-time on Saturday but he gave an improptu speech to regulars in the Glaziers Bar before the game.

Holloway will take charge of the team for the first time tomorrow night (Tuesday) when Palace entertain Ipswich Town - themselves with a new boss in Mick McCarthy.

The 49-year-old's arrival has whipped up a fervour among Palace fans and that enthusiasm and energy is just part of the reason Holloway opted to leave Blackpool for south east London.

He told a packed Glaziers Bar: "The reason I have come here is the energy of your owners.

"I want to play football, I want to get your young players buzzing from top to bottom. Their dream is my dream, so let's try and make it happen."

At the half-time break in the 2-0 Championship win over Blackburn Rovers, Holloway said: "How lucky are we to see a team like this? It’s fantastic.

“I think I have got goosebumps on the back of my neck to get an opportunity like this.

“People ask me why I have come here but the board sold me their dream about what they want for their club and with their energy and my energy let’s hope we can all be very happy.”

 

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3:38pm Mon 5 Nov 12

stevecpfc says...

Ollie's Red & Blue Army :-)
Ollie's Red & Blue Army :-) stevecpfc
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8:00pm Mon 5 Nov 12

DonttrustHolloway says...

Did Mr Holloway say he bought a house close to Blackpool as a reason why he was not leaving the club that he said he loved? Did Mr Holloway walk out on Blackpool just hours before an important match last week? Is it your turn next?
Did Mr Holloway say he bought a house close to Blackpool as a reason why he was not leaving the club that he said he loved? Did Mr Holloway walk out on Blackpool just hours before an important match last week? Is it your turn next? DonttrustHolloway
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11:05am Tue 6 Nov 12

DonttrustHolloway says...

You Lucky People: A TEARFUL Ian Holloway today opened his heart to The Gazette admitting: “I just didn’t feel I was the man anymore.”

The 49-year-old quit his job as Blackpool boss on Saturday to take up the vacant manager’s role at Championship rivals Crystal Palace.

He said: “I need to believe I’m moving forward and I need to believe that I can keep marching things forward. Truthfully speaking, I’m not sure I felt I could do that anymore.”

He also admitted his ongoing frustrations over his contract as Blackpool manager was part of the reason why he quit the club.

Holloway was on what’s known as a rolling contract, which basically never runs out. It means at any time, he was always one-year away from being out of contract.

And, after signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Palace, he told The Gazette: “That rolling contract was just no good at my age, it was a totally dead end contract.

“I asked them to change it, and it didn’t happen. But it’s nothing to do with Karl Oyston, he’s very good at what he does.

“And I believe I’m very good at what I do.

“I feel tired. Tired of the same things, and tired of the same challenge.

“I was tired of feeling like it didn’t matter if I won or lost.

“I just need to feel the threat of getting sacked again, and having to get up, and wanting to get up. To be fair, when all the speculation was flying around, I did start thinking if it was the right time to go. Was it right to keep going?

“I don’t think I had the same buzz going in every day, I think the players could feel it.

“I don’t think I had the same fight to force things through, I don’t think I had the same positivity.

“I was desperate not to let anyone down, particularly those wonderful fans.

“I started to become paranoid about not being able to achieve what we’d achieved again.

“We won promotion in our first year, had a great year in the Premier League, then almost did it again. This season was almost an impossible task for me to pick myself up again.

“It’s nothing to do with how I am with anyone at the club, other than myself.”

Holloway arrived at Bloomfield Road in 2009 after Tony Parkes had helped keep Pool in the Championship the previous season.

He instantly caught the imagination of the Blackpool public, and eventually stunned the world of football by leading his unfancied side to the Premier League.

It was a year which will go down in history and so will the former boss.

And Holloway says leaving is something he’d never even considered in the past.

He said: “Asking to talk to another club is something I wouldn’t have dreamed about doing last summer.

“Even three weeks ago it wasn’t something I thought I was going to do. It’s just something that’s crept up on my in recent weeks. I wasn’t sure I was giving it all of me, if I’m honest.

“If that was the case, then I couldn’t carry on any more. I didn’t want the fans to think that.

“To achieve what we did, I had to give it absolutely everything I had.

“If there was a little piece missing, I couldn’t have stayed.

“I’d have been wrong to stay, I’d have only let them down even more.

“The Charlton game in particular made me think. I got stick from one bloke, it’s only one bloke, but it made me see the worst possible scenario in my mind. It made me paranoid that what if I stayed too long?

“I didn’t want it going that way.”

Holloway stopped short of criticising chairman Karl Oyston, but hinted that it was never an easy task being Blackpool boss.

He’s publicly talked about the battle he faced to sign players and was gutted to miss out on the signing of DJ Campbell last month.

He added: “Sometimes it was just so draining at Blackpool. I don’t mean that as a dig at Karl, I have a fantastic relationship with him.

“Karl had actually agreed something in the summer which was actually more than what Palace have given me. But it wasn’t in the way I wanted.

“It wasn’t in the way that gave me a challenge.

“Blackpool couldn’t give me what the owners of Crystal Palace could give me.

“The people at Palace took their club out of administration, every one of them is a fan.

“They don’t think about anything else about the football club and their players.

“When they spoke to me about Zaha and Bolasie and their young lads, it just started to pump up my energy again.

“I can’t describe it, I just needed a new, fresh, challenge.”

After weeks of speculation about his future, Crystal Palace finally made their move on Thursday night.

Holloway took training on Friday, picked his team and told his players he’d be in charge the following day.

He travelled to London later that evening, before he accepted the Selhurst Park job the following morning at around 10:30am.

It gave assistant manager Steve Thompson only three hours notice for the game at Derby, which they eventually lost 4-1.

And Holloway revealed he regrets how things happened.

“I wish I hadn’t left Thommo the way I did on Saturday,” he said. “I couldn’t say a definite cheerio to the team and I couldn’t say goodbye to them.

“I didn’t know it was going to go like it did on Friday evening. Those people just blew me away from Palace.

“Karl knew that I was going down there, able to go back to Derby and take the game, and I told my players that.

“That left Thommo in the lurch.

“I’m sure now the dust has settled that he’ll get them all going on Tuesday.

“At first I thought if I spoke to someone else, it might have shaken the chairman into changing my contract like I asked him to in the summer, but then Palace blew me away.

“I felt too comfortable, which is not what I want to feel at my age. I’ve been thinking about it all night.

“It’s really important the fans understand how I am.

“It’s nothing to do with Karl Oyston or Steve Thompson, it’s about me and how I feel about the job I had to do.

“Having a grandchild due in 11 weeks time, four hours away from me, also played a huge part.

“We were constantly thinking about how far away we were from our family.”

While he may have constantly battled over a number of issues at Bloomfield Road, Holloway had a brilliant relationship with Blackpool’s fans.

And he became emotional as he spoke of his admiration for the supporters. I’ve been crying about it, it’s horrible,” Holloway said. “People don’t understand, it all becomes a huge part of our lives. I want those fans to understand. I feel like I’ve betrayed them. But I have to move on in my own life.

“I hope one day the fans realise how much I cared, and how much I still cared.

“But I just didn’t think if I’d have stayed, that I’d have cared as much as I needed to do drag us there again.

“The fans completely bought in to everything I was saying.

“They bought into the way we tried to play, and the players who were doing it for them.

“The last thing I wanted to do was not succeed again for the fans. I have never ever known so much be owed to so many by so few. The players were absolutely first class, on and off the field. I don’t want those players to stop.

“Those people at Blackpool will be in my life and in my heart forever more.

“I just can’t thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and my family.”
You Lucky People: A TEARFUL Ian Holloway today opened his heart to The Gazette admitting: “I just didn’t feel I was the man anymore.” The 49-year-old quit his job as Blackpool boss on Saturday to take up the vacant manager’s role at Championship rivals Crystal Palace. He said: “I need to believe I’m moving forward and I need to believe that I can keep marching things forward. Truthfully speaking, I’m not sure I felt I could do that anymore.” He also admitted his ongoing frustrations over his contract as Blackpool manager was part of the reason why he quit the club. Holloway was on what’s known as a rolling contract, which basically never runs out. It means at any time, he was always one-year away from being out of contract. And, after signing a four-and-a-half year deal at Palace, he told The Gazette: “That rolling contract was just no good at my age, it was a totally dead end contract. “I asked them to change it, and it didn’t happen. But it’s nothing to do with Karl Oyston, he’s very good at what he does. “And I believe I’m very good at what I do. “I feel tired. Tired of the same things, and tired of the same challenge. “I was tired of feeling like it didn’t matter if I won or lost. “I just need to feel the threat of getting sacked again, and having to get up, and wanting to get up. To be fair, when all the speculation was flying around, I did start thinking if it was the right time to go. Was it right to keep going? “I don’t think I had the same buzz going in every day, I think the players could feel it. “I don’t think I had the same fight to force things through, I don’t think I had the same positivity. “I was desperate not to let anyone down, particularly those wonderful fans. “I started to become paranoid about not being able to achieve what we’d achieved again. “We won promotion in our first year, had a great year in the Premier League, then almost did it again. This season was almost an impossible task for me to pick myself up again. “It’s nothing to do with how I am with anyone at the club, other than myself.” Holloway arrived at Bloomfield Road in 2009 after Tony Parkes had helped keep Pool in the Championship the previous season. He instantly caught the imagination of the Blackpool public, and eventually stunned the world of football by leading his unfancied side to the Premier League. It was a year which will go down in history and so will the former boss. And Holloway says leaving is something he’d never even considered in the past. He said: “Asking to talk to another club is something I wouldn’t have dreamed about doing last summer. “Even three weeks ago it wasn’t something I thought I was going to do. It’s just something that’s crept up on my in recent weeks. I wasn’t sure I was giving it all of me, if I’m honest. “If that was the case, then I couldn’t carry on any more. I didn’t want the fans to think that. “To achieve what we did, I had to give it absolutely everything I had. “If there was a little piece missing, I couldn’t have stayed. “I’d have been wrong to stay, I’d have only let them down even more. “The Charlton game in particular made me think. I got stick from one bloke, it’s only one bloke, but it made me see the worst possible scenario in my mind. It made me paranoid that what if I stayed too long? “I didn’t want it going that way.” Holloway stopped short of criticising chairman Karl Oyston, but hinted that it was never an easy task being Blackpool boss. He’s publicly talked about the battle he faced to sign players and was gutted to miss out on the signing of DJ Campbell last month. He added: “Sometimes it was just so draining at Blackpool. I don’t mean that as a dig at Karl, I have a fantastic relationship with him. “Karl had actually agreed something in the summer which was actually more than what Palace have given me. But it wasn’t in the way I wanted. “It wasn’t in the way that gave me a challenge. “Blackpool couldn’t give me what the owners of Crystal Palace could give me. “The people at Palace took their club out of administration, every one of them is a fan. “They don’t think about anything else about the football club and their players. “When they spoke to me about Zaha and Bolasie and their young lads, it just started to pump up my energy again. “I can’t describe it, I just needed a new, fresh, challenge.” After weeks of speculation about his future, Crystal Palace finally made their move on Thursday night. Holloway took training on Friday, picked his team and told his players he’d be in charge the following day. He travelled to London later that evening, before he accepted the Selhurst Park job the following morning at around 10:30am. It gave assistant manager Steve Thompson only three hours notice for the game at Derby, which they eventually lost 4-1. And Holloway revealed he regrets how things happened. “I wish I hadn’t left Thommo the way I did on Saturday,” he said. “I couldn’t say a definite cheerio to the team and I couldn’t say goodbye to them. “I didn’t know it was going to go like it did on Friday evening. Those people just blew me away from Palace. “Karl knew that I was going down there, able to go back to Derby and take the game, and I told my players that. “That left Thommo in the lurch. “I’m sure now the dust has settled that he’ll get them all going on Tuesday. “At first I thought if I spoke to someone else, it might have shaken the chairman into changing my contract like I asked him to in the summer, but then Palace blew me away. “I felt too comfortable, which is not what I want to feel at my age. I’ve been thinking about it all night. “It’s really important the fans understand how I am. “It’s nothing to do with Karl Oyston or Steve Thompson, it’s about me and how I feel about the job I had to do. “Having a grandchild due in 11 weeks time, four hours away from me, also played a huge part. “We were constantly thinking about how far away we were from our family.” While he may have constantly battled over a number of issues at Bloomfield Road, Holloway had a brilliant relationship with Blackpool’s fans. And he became emotional as he spoke of his admiration for the supporters. I’ve been crying about it, it’s horrible,” Holloway said. “People don’t understand, it all becomes a huge part of our lives. I want those fans to understand. I feel like I’ve betrayed them. But I have to move on in my own life. “I hope one day the fans realise how much I cared, and how much I still cared. “But I just didn’t think if I’d have stayed, that I’d have cared as much as I needed to do drag us there again. “The fans completely bought in to everything I was saying. “They bought into the way we tried to play, and the players who were doing it for them. “The last thing I wanted to do was not succeed again for the fans. I have never ever known so much be owed to so many by so few. The players were absolutely first class, on and off the field. I don’t want those players to stop. “Those people at Blackpool will be in my life and in my heart forever more. “I just can’t thank them all enough for what they’ve done for me and my family.” DonttrustHolloway
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10:30pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Brian Damage says...

Wishing you the very best of luck with the Eagles Ollie.. (exceptions 8th Dec and 1st April).. I will be in my usual spot in the West stand me old mucker and I will be giving my best insults to the opposition manager (Crikey, that's you..) It'll be like kicking a puppy, but no worries mate, after the game I'll get ya a pint to drown yr sorrows with! lol.. Palace fans, get ready for some entertaining, never a dull moment footy! Love and best wishes from Blackpool.. Bri.. :-)
Wishing you the very best of luck with the Eagles Ollie.. (exceptions 8th Dec and 1st April).. I will be in my usual spot in the West stand me old mucker and I will be giving my best insults to the opposition manager (Crikey, that's you..) It'll be like kicking a puppy, but no worries mate, after the game I'll get ya a pint to drown yr sorrows with! lol.. Palace fans, get ready for some entertaining, never a dull moment footy! Love and best wishes from Blackpool.. Bri.. :-) Brian Damage
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10:33pm Tue 6 Nov 12

Brian Damage says...

Wishing you the very best of luck with the Eagles Ollie.. (exceptions 8th Dec and 1st April).. I will be in my usual spot in the West stand me old mucker and I will be giving my best insults to the opposition manager (Crikey, that's you..) It'll be like kicking a puppy, but no worries mate, after the game I'll get ya a pint to drown yr sorrows with! lol.. Palace fans, get ready for some entertaining, never a dull moment footy! Love and best wishes from Blackpool.. Bri.. :-)
Wishing you the very best of luck with the Eagles Ollie.. (exceptions 8th Dec and 1st April).. I will be in my usual spot in the West stand me old mucker and I will be giving my best insults to the opposition manager (Crikey, that's you..) It'll be like kicking a puppy, but no worries mate, after the game I'll get ya a pint to drown yr sorrows with! lol.. Palace fans, get ready for some entertaining, never a dull moment footy! Love and best wishes from Blackpool.. Bri.. :-) Brian Damage
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12:26pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Doctor Watson says...

You've got yourselves a cracking manager there - Palace fans. But then - I think you know that.

If Ollie achieves with you - half of what he achieved with us at Blackpool - then you're in for a treat.
You've got yourselves a cracking manager there - Palace fans. But then - I think you know that. If Ollie achieves with you - half of what he achieved with us at Blackpool - then you're in for a treat. Doctor Watson
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