Ian Holloway Should Put Olly Out To Pasture

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  1. Speaking as a Bristol Rovers fan, we have longer experience of Ian Holloway than anyone. I can assure you that ‘Olly’ isn’t some character he plays up for the sake of the media, that’s who he is. He was like that when he was one of the most honest, dedicated and determined footballers we’ve ever had at the club, he was like that when he managed us and I doubt he’ll change now.

    You have a fair point about his questioning of the Premier League’s rules of course. But he won’t change because that’s his personality, he’s combative, he’s honest and he’ll say what he thinks even when he’s completely wrong. They’re the qualities – along with his long years of service to the Rovers – that mean he’s deeply loved in Bristol and I hope he never changes.

    And there’s nothing funny about his accent!

  2. Rob says:

    Another good point was made on Final Score, by either Mark Bright or Garth Crooks, that the League has to look after the integrity of the entire league, and that dropping ten players for one game, and then reinstating them could leave Holloway open if there were claims about irregular betting patterns.

  3. “He picked a team at Villa with six Premier League debutants and about a dozen Premier League games between them.”

    Not quite true this, is it?

    The team picked at Villa actually had many times more Premier League appearances than any other picked this season.

    Jason Euell, Marlon Harewood and Brett Ormerod have made hundreds of PL appearances between them.

    I agree with much of the article, but don’t let facts get in the way, eh?

  4. Chris P says:

    I think the rule needs to be tightened up, fielding a “weakened team” is just too open to interpretation. If it was a case of X number of players in a starting 11 must have X number of appearances in the last X months then you could stamp out this kind of thing. What those x’s should be is open to debate, but a clearer more specific rule (if weighted correctly) could only benefit the game.

  5. Mark Murphy says:

    Thanks, OneDave,

    I’d blame the proof reader for deleting the key words “this season,” except the proff rodder was me too.

  6. Tiger Phil says:

    I have to agree with the posters on here. Who said that the team he fielded was a “weaker” side. I look at the side he put out against Villa- a side that after 90 minutes looked like had taken a point- only for it to be snatched away in injury time….
    As someone has already stated- the team he put out could, reallistically be called a stronger side- more PL games, experience goals. All kinds of things. Why can’t a manager not choose whatever side he chooses….

  7. Micky F says:

    Of course Man Ure, Chelski, Arse or the Scousers would never be sent a please explain if they fielded a weakened team before a big European game would they?

  8. maliniok says:

    What does ‘the strongest available team’ mean? And who decides who is the strongest available other than the manager? Rules have to be fair, clear and unambiguous- and this one is none of these three things.

  9. ejh says:

    Very few rules are actually unambiguous in practice.

  10. William says:

    On the subject of the Olly/Holloway personas, did anyone else hear his interview on the Football League podcast late last season? Holloway was out of character and still every bit as engaging as when he’s speaking as Olly. He described how his wife had to talk him into driving to Blackpool at 6am for his interview, after a year out of the game had erased his self-confidence. It was a brilliant insight into the character of the man (and his wife, of course).

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