Ollie: The Autobiography of Ian Holloway

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Preview — Ollie by Ian Holloway. Gerry Francis Foreword. David Clayton Contributor. Ollie is more than just a football book - this is a story of personal grit and determination. Ian Holloway is one of football's most fascinating characters as well as being a highly respected football coach.


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He controversially moved from Plymouth Argyle, whilst seventh from top in the Championship and with a real chance of making the play-offs, to relegation-threatened Lei. He controversially moved from Plymouth Argyle, whilst seventh from top in the Championship and with a real chance of making the play-offs, to relegation-threatened Leicester City, a club in freefall who had already had four managers in the previous 12 months.

Why did he really quit Argyle? What exactly happened at Leicester? His tenure at The Walkers Stadium ended after a difficult six month period amid much turmoil and rumour. Now, for the first time, Ollie tells his own side of the most dramatic period of his career and reveals the truth about his departure from Argyle as well as finally responding to numerous outlandish claims aimed at him by people he once trusted. Ollie tells his story from his days as an apprentice at Bristol Rovers through to his playing days at the highest level with QPR and updates his story from the recent events in his personal life through to the most difficult decision in his career.

He has had many personal battles to overcome, not least illness and learning that his three daughters were born profoundly deaf, whilst playing and managing. This book will set the record straight — once and for all. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages.

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Good stories and down to earth. Well worth a read.

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    I left them, and I made the biggest mistake of my life. His side, against all odds, made it to the Premier League through a sixth-place finish and successful playoff campaign.

    We both look better in the dark. This was enough to catch the eye of a Crystal Palace board that, hoping that Holloway could emulate his success with the seaside club, appointed him as the new manager in November Astonishingly, he did manage to repeat his success. In the first season he steered the club back to the Premier League after an eight-year absence, where they have remained since. Millwall came calling after Holloway failed with Palace in the Premier League. Unfortunately, life at the south London club was a struggle, despite them appearing to be a match made in heaven.

    Results never gained enough pace to build significant momentum to wage any real threat. His first sacking took place at the club after he had become unpopular with the home fans. A straight-talking Holloway seemed to be hired as much as a face for the club as for his grasp of tactical nuance.

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    In November , he took the reigns at Queens Park Rangers for the second time. Again, in successive seasons, mediocre performances held the team in the lower third of the Championship without any glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. In May , club and manager parted ways by mutual consent. To his credit, Holloway has a well-rounded worldview of the systemic imbalances and injustices in football. Worn down by transfer speculation over his players, he evades reporters while offering backhanded lessons in etiquette.

    Forget that. Parallels between Holloway as a manager and political figure are not overly tenuous. He appeals to a very certain demographic: namely fans that reject the intricate wordplay and question-dodging that certain managers and journalists bring to the game. Sam Allardyce has a reputation for no-nonsense football; Holloway has a reputation for no-nonsense interviews. Possibly an alarmist, certainly a cynic, English football, seen through the hawkish eyes of Holloway, is in dire need of an injection of self-respect.

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    When no one else is willing to stick their neck out, people believe Holloway will. It is this, despite his mixed success as a manager, which keeps many interested in his career. Brave are those that would be willing to hire him, though — one can only imagine those positions would be as equally short-lived. Thomas Jefferson once declared that all men are created equal. In a rarely warm moment, manager and journalists laughed together. He is an unpolished figure that people can relate to, unlike the majority of superstars that receive the majority of air-time.

    The true power of this quip should not be understated. To reach these heights, the football has got to be simple. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. We all know too many football players that stand around, looking good, waiting for things to happen.

    A compact life lesson told through the microphone of football. A notoriously funny man, it may well be the case that Holloway is hiding behind the tears of a clown. If the two were to collide, it could be disastrous for both. They had known each other since they were It was with Kim that Holloway would find strength when he was treading water at points in his career. The twins and Harriet were born deaf and, as a result, Holloway has learned sign language to communicate as well as at one point making a daily mile commute from Bristol when he was playing at QPR so that the girls could attend a specialist school.

    The journeys were taxing on Holloway. The free time in the car to think about defeats and shortcomings were menacing. Physically, the trips contributed to being diagnosed with aggressive sciatica. Despite all of this, his attitude remained overwhelmingly positive. True tenacity and fortitude define the ongoing animated career of a man who is not so much an enigma as he is a complicated and oftentimes clearly misunderstood figure in the game.

    Beyond the humour and fleeting achievements, though, he stands out for his open fallibility.

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