Premier league possession - Issue 8 (March 2011)
Ian Holloway is the enigmatic manager of Barclays Premier League side Blackpool.
The Seasiders proved to be the surprise package in England’s top division during the first half of the 2010/11 season, playing a brand of ambitious attacking football that led them to shock victories against the likes of Newcastle United, Sunderland, and Liverpool twice.
Holloway has been in charge at Bloomfield Road since May 2009, and guided the club to Championship play-off final victory over Cardiff City last season. The popular manager has also taken charge at Bristol Rovers, QPR, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.
As a player, Holloway was a tough-tackling midfielder who clocked up almost 600 senior appearances for Bristol Rovers, Brentford, Wimbledon, QPR and Torquay United, before retiring in 1999 at the age of 36.
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