The charismatic manager has left Crystal Palace by mutual consent after finding life in the Premier League a struggle. Before the season start there were warning bells that Palace were finding it difficult to compete on a financial level. During one of his columns in a local newspaper, Holloway claimed that they had spoken to a number of players that wanted ‘silly’ money, that they couldn’t offer.
They had already lost influential winger Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United and top goal-scorer Glenn Murray to long-term injury and looked significantly weaker than the previous year, once things started to stutter in the transfer window Holloway seemed to try a ‘scatter gun’ approach to signing players and brought in no-less than 16 players between the 1st July and 31st August. This left himself a pretty large squad, with lots of players that needed time to gel with their team-mates, and the slow start is a sign of that.
So, what’s next for the former Blackpool boss?
Middlesbrough looks like a genuinely timely opportunity; they sacked Tony Mowbray earlier in the week for the poor start to their Championship campaign and want to climb the table as soon as possible. Holloway has a very respectable record in the football league, winning promotion 3 times at various levels. Middlesbrough looks a good match for Holloway, it would certainly be able to happen quickly so neither Middlesbrough nor Holloway have to endure any down time from football.
Bolton could also be an opportunity within the next few weeks. Holloway replaced Freedman who left Palace for Bolton in search of Premier League football; ironically he couldn’t have got it more wrong. Holloway finished Freedman’s hard work and got Palace promoted through the play-offs. Bolton’s side is of very high quality and even now could make a fight for the play-offs and Holloway could be the man to instigate that push!
Sheffield Wednesday fans are growing tired of Dave Jones and his momentous winless streak. The apathy around the Sheffield club was there was no better replacements but now one has come available, should they move? Dave Jones is another respectable Championship manager but his record is shadowed by the achievements of Ian Holloway and if Wednesday look to act sooner rather than later could possibly find a manager that could awaken the sleeping giant.
Where do you think Holloway could end up next? Would you like him at your club?
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