Ian Holloway reacts when asked whether he wants the Middlesbrough job

A general view outside the Riverside Stadium is seen prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester City at Riverside Stadium on April 30, 2017 in Middlesbrough,...

Ian Holloway has not worked in the Championship since QPR sacked him in 2018 but could he replace Tony Pulis at Boro?

Newly appointed Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway talks during a press conference at Loftus Road on November 16, 2016 in London, England.

Ian Holloway has admitted that he would ‘love’ to hold talks about a potential return to management with Middlesbrough, speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT (21 May, 10:00am).

Boro are currently looking for a new coach to lead them to the Premier League after sacking Tony Pulis last week.

The experienced Welshman paid the price for failing to lead the club into the play-offs despite boasting one of the most experienced squads in the division.


First-team coach Jonathan Woodgate has been tipped to take the top job while another former Middlesbrough defender, Dutch legend Michael Reiziger, is also under the consideration according to the Northern Echo after leading Jong Ajax to the Eerste Divisie title in 2018.

But Holloway has now made it clear that he would be thrilled to take over at the Riverside.

“That’s a desirable job. Certainly not an easy one. Whoever they choose is a very fortunate person, it’s a huge job,” Holloway said.

17th March 2018, Craven Cottage, London, England; EFL Championship football, Fulham versus Queens Park Rangers; Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway looks on from the dugout before...

“Listen, if they want to talk to me I’d love to talk to them. Pleasing an owner these days is not easy (but) Mr Gibson is one of the best.”

The affable 56-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by Queens Park Rangers in May 2018 but he has a fine track record in the Championship, famously guiding unfancied Blackpool to the Premier League almost a decade ago.

His Crystal Palace team also beat Watford in the play-off final in 2013 thanks to a Kevin Phillips penalty at Wembley.

Crystal Palace's English striker Kevin Phillips takes a penalty during the English Championship Play Off final football match between Crystal Palace and Watford at Wembley Stadium in...

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