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Ian Holloway

Full name: Ian Scott Holloway
Birthdate: 12.03.1963
Birthplace: Kingswood, Bristol
Joined from: Plymouth Argyle
Nationality: England
Honours: None
Other clubs as manager: Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle, Blackpool
Serving Period: 22.11.2007 - 23.05.2008
Games: 32
Wins: 9
Draws: 8
Losses: 15
Manager Profile

Holloway will unfortunately be remembered by City fans as the man who took the club down to the third tier of English football for the first time in its history when he was manager between 2007-08.

He moved to the Walkers Stadium in controversial circumstances from Plymouth Argyle in November 2007, offering his resignation to the Pilgrims board under mounting speculation that he was about to be offered the vacant manager's position at Leicester. The Argyle board issued a press statement saying he was still contracted to Plymouth, but soon agreed compensation with City for his services. Still, many Plymouth fans weren't happy with the way he went about leaving the club.

He made as good start to his City career, making history when he became the first manager at the club to win his first league game in charge for over 50 years when Leicester beat Bristol City 2-0. But from there it went downhill as Holloway could do little to stop City being relegation to League One for the first time in their history.

They lost to his former club Plymouth on the way, and a run of just nine wins from 32 league games in charge saw City suffer the drop. Holloway and Leicester then parted company, with Nigel Pearson coming in to take charge.

Holloway is certainly a 'character' of the game, with his off-the-wall comments and interviews often grabbing column inches. In his playing days he played for Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon, Brentford and Queens Park Rangers, while going on to have two further stints at Bristol Rovers, his hometown team. He ended up going on to manage the Pirates for five years before getting his chance with Queens Park Rangers, where he helped them to promotion from League One, and Argyle before arriving at City.

After his stint with Leicester, Holloway ironically went on to manage Blackpool and helped them win an unlikely promotion to the Premier League in the 2009-10 season after almost a year out of the game. He could only keep them there for one season, however, with the Tangerines suffering relegation.

Competition Total Won Draw Lost F A Win %
League 31 9 8 14 28 33 29.03%
FA Cup 1 0 0 1 0 2 0%
League Cup 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Europe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
Other 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%
All matches 32 9 8 15 28 35 28.13%

All matches(32)

# Date Pos Result Opposition Competition
124.11.2007152 - 0Bristol City (A)Championship
226.11.2007140 - 0Cardiff City (H)Championship
301.12.2007161 - 2Southampton (H)Championship
404.12.2007171 - 1Burnley (A)Championship
508.12.2007201 - 2West Bromwich Albion (H)Championship
611.12.2007201 - 3Ipswich Town (A)Championship
715.12.2007200 - 2Hull City (A)Championship
822.12.2007221 - 1Wolverhampton Wanderers (A)Championship
926.12.2007182 - 0Ipswich Town (H)Championship
1029.12.2007181 - 1Charlton Athletic (H)Championship
1101.01.2008211 - 3Queens Park Rangers (A)Championship
1205.01.2008-0 - 2Southampton (A)FA Cup 3
1312.01.2008192 - 0Coventry City (H)Championship
1419.01.2008200 - 0Norwich City (A)Championship
1528.01.2008151 - 0Crystal Palace (H)Championship
1602.02.2008201 - 2Blackpool (A)Championship
1709.02.2008200 - 1Plymouth Argyle (H)Championship
1812.02.2008200 - 1Watford (A)Championship
1916.02.2008194 - 0Norwich City (H)Championship
2023.02.2008200 - 2Coventry City (A)Championship
2101.03.2008171 - 0Cardiff City (A)Championship
2204.03.2008190 - 1Preston North End (H)Championship
2308.03.2008210 - 0Bristol City (H)Championship
2411.03.2008220 - 1Southampton (A)Championship
2515.03.2008204 - 1West Bromwich Albion (A)Championship
2622.03.2008210 - 2Hull City (H)Championship
2729.03.2008191 - 0Scunthorpe United (H)Championship
2805.04.2008200 - 3Sheffield United (A)Championship
2912.04.2008211 - 1Colchester United (H)Championship
3019.04.2008201 - 0Barnsley (A)Championship
3126.04.2008211 - 3Sheffield Wednesday (H)Championship
3204.05.2008220 - 0Stoke City (A)Championship

Ian Holloway transfers in

Player Club Fee Date
Steve Howard Derby County £1,500,000 01.01.2008
Barry Hayles Plymouth Argyle £150,000 02.01.2008
Zsolt Laczkó Olympiacos On loan 04.01.2008
Ben Alnwick Tottenham Hotspur On loan 07.01.2008
Gábor Bori MTK On loan 08.01.2008
Matt Oakley Derby County £500,000 11.01.2008
Jamie Clapham Wolverhampton Wanderers Free 31.01.2008
Lee Hendrie Sheffield United On loan 28.02.2008
Kelvin Etuhu Manchester City On loan 04.03.2008
Harry Worley Chelsea On loan 07.03.2008
David Bell Luton Town On loan 28.03.2008
Harry Worley Chelsea Free 05.05.2008

Ian Holloway bought 12 players for £2,150,000

Ian Holloway transfers out

Player Club Fee Date
Eric Odhiambo Dundee United On loan 01.01.2008
Alex Cisak Tamworth On loan 10.01.2008
Jonathan Hayes Northampton Town On loan 11.01.2008
Carl Cort Released Free 11.01.2008
Max Gradel Bournemouth On loan 11.01.2008
Shaun Newton Released Free 14.01.2008
Jimmy Nielsen Vejle Boldklub Free 23.01.2008
Mark De Vries Released Free 25.01.2008
Carl Pentney Ilkeston Town On loan 29.01.2008
Alan Sheehan Leeds United On loan 31.01.2008
Alan Maybury Aberdeen On loan 31.01.2008
Darren Kenton Leeds United Free 31.01.2008
Hossein Kaebi Released Free 04.02.2008
Robert Douglas Plymouth Argyle On loan 14.03.2008
Carl Pentney Fisher Athletic On loan April 2008
Jamie Clapham Released Free May 2008
Elvis Hammond Released Free May 2008
Alan Maybury Released Free 15.05.2008
Robert Douglas Released Free 15.05.2008

Ian Holloway sold 19 players for £0
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