Raising money is key to Holloway's plans for Palace

Thumbs up: Palace boss Holloway has plans for his new team away from the pitch       SP71693

Thumbs up: Palace boss Holloway has plans for his new team away from the pitch SP71693

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

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he will take his new stars of today out into the community to inspire the young stars of tomorrow.

While life on the pitch is rosy with Palace sitting top of the Championship after Tuesday night’s 5-0 win over Ipswich Town, Holloway has his own ideas on how to make his mark.

And it will include the whole community, rather than just the Selhurst Park faithful.

Holloway said: "I have a lot to do, I have to keep my head straight, get a few personal things sorted out, so I can give everything to this community.

"That's what I want to do. I want to take the players out to the local community, get the players buzzing even more. I want them to raise money for local charities.

"We’re all going to have a right go at this, this is the energy I am talking about.

"Hopefully, young lads in the community will look to our players and try to be as good as them, and if not take their place. That is what I want."

Normally a new manager is brought into a team in trouble, on a bad run of form and at the bottom of the table - just ask Mick McCarthy, the new manager at Ipswich Town.

However, when Holloway took his place as Palace manager on Tuesday night he was inheriting a team on a run of 11 matches unbeaten, playing exciting football and, although there was no way of knowing it at the time, just 90 minutes from topping the Championship table.

Holloway said: "It's a different pressure, but one I am relishing. The structures I’ve had in the clubs I have worked for in the past are different, I am not used to this.

"Life is about timing and this opportunity has fallen right in my lap and I cannot believe it.

"I will treasure it and do my best. We will have to wait and see, it is very nice sat here but I know that we lost tonight, you'd have been asking me a lot of different questions."

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