Ian Holloway leaves Crystal Palace following poor start to season
Crystal Palace have relieved Ian Holloway of his managerial duties at Selhurst Park following a dismal start to the season which leaves the Eagles stationed 19th in the Premier League.
October 23rd, 2013
Holloway helped Palace to promotion from the Championship last season by winning the play-off final against Watford, although a glut of summer signings hasn’t helped their cause in the top flight and Monday’s 4-1 home defeat against Fulham appears to have been the final straw.
Holloway had hoped to be given more time at Selhurst Park, especially as he had less than a season in charge of the Eagles before guiding them to promotion, although the south London club are clearly intent on staying in the top flight and want a fresh face to take the club forward.
Following Monday’s defeat, Holloway entered into protracted talks with club chairman Steve Parish, with the former Blackpool boss still determined to put things right.
“I’m not talking about my future at the football club,” said the manager.
On his meeting with Parish after the game, Holloway said: “We talk all the time, we speak all the time and I will be speaking to him tomorrow morning when the lads are in and I’ll see how they are.
“It’s about what’s right for the football club. That’s what it will always be about with me and Steve.” He added: “He always comes down after a game and we always have a chat after a game. It’s just a little bit longer this time, because I had a longer chat with the players trying to pick them up.”
Middlesbrough might now be interested in speaking to Holloway to see if he can improve the club’s fortunes after the departure of Tony Mowbray, while Palace will want to appoint a new manager as quickly as possible.