Life after Olly

Sunday 4th November 2012 13:53

Holloway: strange decision to join Palace

Holloway: strange decision to join Palace

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Blackpool FanZoner Adam Ogden bids farewell to manager Ian Holloway after he joined Crystal Palace.

Club must move on after Holloway era comes to an end

Last night I watched a film called Coriolanus. It's a modern day twist on Shakespearean tale.

In it the main character, despite many victories in battle, is rejected as a leader and exiled from the town, where he plots his revenge and comes back to wage war on the city.

He was bald too.

The news of Ian Holloway's departure from Blackpool isn't exactly unexpected. He's been trying to engineer a move for the last few weeks but was unsuccessful with a couple recently.

What is unexpected is the club which he has eventually left for.

For the last few years he has refused to allow players to leave the club too easily as he thinks that they could do better. So it seems fairly bizarre that the team Ollie has eventually departed for is one which, in my opinion, is a sideways step.

Without wishing to disrespect Crystal Palace too much, they are a club with less squad quality, seemingly less financial stability and fewer players of individual brilliance.

Initially the move doesn't make sense to me, although I understand that Ollie has some family in London and if that is a real driver behind his decision and not just a smokescreen from him escaping Blackpool then fair enough.

His comments over the last few years have made a rod for his own back with some Pool fans however. Discussions about staying at the club for tens of years, creating a legacy of future talent with the development squad and recreating Dario Gradi's longevity at Crewe are all now a bit hollow.

We could discuss the reasons for his departure until the end of season (and I'm sure some will) but it won't make a difference.

He's left and the club has to move on.


Steve Thompson will take the reins as the caretaker manager and is already the fans' favourite for the permanent job it seems. Thommo has been a huge influence on the club as an assistant to Ollie, as well as Tony Parkes and Simon Grayson, and is very highly thought of by the players and owners.

Even more desirable to Karl Oyston will be the fact that he's cheap too.

Thompson will get a few games to prove his credentials and barring a disaster I'd expect him to get the job until the end of season.

That would give us time to get our house in order, prepare our promotion push which, despite having been forgotten over the last few days, is still a very real possibility.

Thommo's first job will be to work with Oyston and prepare the club for the oncoming transfer onslaught that will no doubt come from Holloway.

Dozens of players, including Alex Baptiste and Gary Taylor Fletcher are out of contract this summer, and our priority should be to tie them to the club on a contract that would stop them from being poached.

It's going to be a very interesting few weeks.

After four years of one of our club's greatest orators in charge, I will leave the apt final advice for Pool fans to another, as we go back to Bill Shakespeare.

"This above all: to thine own self be true."


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