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Ian Holloway
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Club as Coach Plymouth

2007 03 09 Retrieve

[Plymouth manager Ian Holloway on reaching the FA Cup quarter-finals] I’m like a badger at the start of the pairing-up season

2013 09 29 Retrieve

[Ian Holloway after completing his touchline suspension] You could argue I deserved it, and my wife would say I did, but when I don’t get what I want I’m not very nice. The worst thing was reading back what the referee and the linesman wrote. I actually said it and it’s not very good. My mum would have washed my mouth out with soap, like she used to when I was little. Although that doesn’t work to be fair - I could eat a bar of soap and swear like a trooper, so I don’t know what she was trying to achieve! I will challenge anyone and to be my size - I’m 5ft 7in and three-quarters - you have to be competitive. I’d say I was over-competitive and I get over-zealous, over-angry and over-determined. You can make anger a friend of yours when it isn’t, it’s an enemy. You have to be calm. I have a lot to learn. I have always wished I was more like Bjorn Borg’s temperament. He was my hero growing up. I was more like McEnroe. I don’t mean ability, I mean temperament

2019 08 01 Retrieve

[Wilfried Zaha’s former manager Ian Holloway has suggested Arsenal have made the wrong choice in landing Nicolas Pepe instead of the Crystal Palace winger] I am very surprised that Arsenal rate Nicolas Pepe better than Wilfried Zaha. I certainly don’t. I would be very sad if I don’t ever see Wilfried Zaha playing in the Champions League. I feel he is good enough for anyone in the world, including the teams that get there. At the moment Everton can’t get to the Champions League. There is no wrong way to go about getting a move these days. I thought he had his best season ever last year. He is starting to add the end product to his performances. He has been handled fantastically well by [Crystal Palace manager and assistant] Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington. The experience that those two have got, they were smart enough to move him from one of the wide areas to be centre forward

If you leave him on his own with your last man when you are dominating the ball then you can be in trouble if Palace win it back. So it is all about end product with him, I always think ‘come on son, you can do that’. I see maturity in his play now. I believe at the very, very top level, if he plays with a team that can keep the ball away from you, who also win it back very quickly and dominate a game [he’ll do well]. If you give him the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box then he can win games, even for Manchester City. He would have to learn what the likes of Pep Guardiola want but I think he would [do well at the top level]. He is good enough for any team in the Premier League now. I may be biased because I have seen him close at hand. He is one I would pay to watch. He is trying to shine and I have all the time in the world for him

The first time I heard about Wilf was when I got the job. I stayed down near Palace with my wife at one of the director’s houses. He was telling me: ‘Have you seen Wilf? He is brilliant’. I am sat at Palace having just managed Blackpool in the Premier League. I didn’t say it out loud but I thought ‘I have had Tom Ince and Matt Phillips’. I thought those two were fantastic and Wilf wouldn’t be as good. The first game I saw him, he flicked the ball over someone like he wasn’t there. He has still got it and still does it. He can do things with his brain that are on another level. His speed over a tackling distance is as quick as I have ever seen. He will leave you and then you can’t get there. Palace fans have a song saying: ‘He’s just too good for you’. I didn’t believe that was true but I do now

2019 08 02 Retrieve

[Ian Holloway wants his former player Ravel Morrison to forget his Manchester United past as he is granted a Premier League chance at Sheffield United] He hasn’t failed but unfortunately he never lived up to the hype and expectation that he would have liked. He had to deal with untold attention because Sir Alex Ferguson said something. To live up to what Sir Alex said is a bit tough. I believe he should forget all that and just do what the rest of the lads do. Sheffield United want to dominate the ball and play their way. If they can do that after promotion like Wolves then I would be absolutely delighted for Chris Wilder. He is very inventive and bright. Even [Marcelo] Bielsa said ‘well done’ to him. Ravel could fit into that. I want there to be no pressure on Ravel. I want him to be free and believe in himself. He deserves that and I still believe he can do it.

Players don’t start by dreaming about how much money they can earn, they think how good can I be? Unfortunately, he was told he was going to be the best they have ever been at Manchester United and he didn’t handle that very well. [Paul] Pogba got told that and they got rid of him. There were questions on his attitude. The pressure is on him and he could be the best. I want Ravel to enjoy the game as it has been a pressure for him all his life. I think he is brilliant at football, he is a genius at it but only if he enjoys what he does. I don’t think I would have enjoyed trying to be Man United’s best player ever. I don’t think I would have enjoyed the pressure either. I hope he sees that. He has a fantastic coach now in Wilder. You can’t look back at your life and move forward because you walk into something. He has to look forward and forget all that

2019 08 21 Retrieve

[Ian Holloway claims that the European Union is to blame for the controversial new handball rule in the Premier League] For me it doesn’t make sense, the handball rule. If it’s not handball for both, how can you assess that? And to be fair, is that clear and obvious? They forgot the most important thing of all. Their job is to not re-referee the game but to be clear and obvious, so I don’t think that’s our boys making up that new change of law. I think that’s people telling us what we need to do with our game, now they should stop doing that

I hope we get out, Brexit, because that’s what people are voting for and sort that out because you cannot have someone telling us how to do our own game

2019 08 21b Retrieve

[Ian Holloway has sought to clarify his controversial comments linking the introduction of the new handball rule to English football to the United Kingdom’s impending exit from the European Union] People don’t listen. What I’ve said, and I can say it very clearly, is I’m sick and fed up of being told what to do by people who aren’t running our country. FIFA and UEFA have brought these rules in, they told us we’ve got to use VAR that I’ve got no problem with, but that handball rule that they’ve made up, I don’t want to listen to them. That’s nonsensical. It’s just in the same way that I’m sick and fed up of us in the UK being told what to do by the EU.

Brexit is nothing to do with the football rules, is it? I’m not that stupid, so I suggest people wash their ears out and listen. What I’m saying is, as an English person, I’m sick and fed up of being told what we’ve got to do. Our country is fantastic. If you let us make our own rules up, do what we want to do, we’ll be in control of it a lot better. I don’t like UEFA and I don’t like FIFA telling us what we should do in our English football game. We should take control of our own game, then that wouldn’t have happened. We should give the referee an earpiece, so he can explain to the crowd what’s happened with VAR, and we should get rid of that handball rule when you’re checking for goals. It’s unfair and it doesn’t sit well in football

[Holloway went on to claim that he feels Brexit should be a springboard for English football to have autonomy to dictate its own rules away from FIFA and UEFA] As for Brexit, that’s totally different. All I’m saying is I’m sick and fed up of our Prime Minister and other parties arguing over something we (Leave voters) all voted for and we all want them to produce for us, whether it’s a no deal or not. That’s what I’m sick and fed up with. Let’s get out and stop the EU dictating to us what we can do. I feel exactly the same with UEFA and FIFA over our football - I think the English FA should have more power and we should believe in ourselves, and I believe the EFL should have more power rather than the Premier League telling them what to do. People who listen, I would suggest they actually listen to all of it and stop going off on a tangent. I know exactly what I meant and what I said. I’m sick and fed up, like a lot of people in this country, of being told what to do by people outside our country. In politics, and in football, particularly with UEFA and FIFA changing the rules

2019 12 09 Retrieve

[Former Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway says Wilfried Zaha would be fantastic for Chelsea] I think he would be fantastic over there [at Chelsea]. I don’t want Palace to lose him, but in reality he is going to have to go. I would love to see him in that sort of team. I don’t want to upset them [Palace fans], but I am only looking and I think he is improving all the time. I see that end product from him, and I just love him. He is one of my favourite players ever because I’ve never seen anyone do what he can do

2020 01 11 Retrieve

[Ian Holloway on how he plans to fly in like Mary Poppins after taking charge as manager of Grimsby Town] Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Come on, that’s what life is about. The old one with Julie Andrews up on the chimneys, not the new one - the new one is crap. She blew in when needed and I feel like I’ve blown in when Grimsby need me. Hopefully it will be a great situation. When they have a cup of tea with the old man [Uncle Albert], who laughs so much they all end up on the ceiling - that’s my favourite bit. I want to enjoy my life so that I’m up on the ceiling