Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Holloway for manager of the year
Even though we are only just into November I would like to start the ball rolling for the Premier League Manager of the Year to be Ian Holloway. Whatever happens over the coming months he has been incredible value already and has demonstrated that he can manage at the highest level. Blackpool currently occupy 9th in the table which is a remarkable achievement.
It is not only humour he offers in press conferences, he provides an insight into how to run clubs efficiently and without the resources the top clubs take for granted which is unbelievably refreshing. His response when questioned about the Rooney saga was exemplary, he not only took issue with Rooney’s behaviour but also spoke up about the state of the game; "I've got big problems with the people running football. They are so wrong it's frightening," Holloway said.
His tirade continued against the entire situation and although some of his points veered away from his main issues he expressed his concerns about how the game is being run. Having managed in League football for the last 13 years he is getting his chance against the big teams and appears to be relishing it. Blackpool were written off by every pundit, fan and blogger before the season started and he has clearly used this to his advantage.
Holloway has set his team up to attack these supposed top teams in the league and has already made some of them look distinctly average. There is a very long way to go this season but for the sake of the game it would be an incredible achievement if he keeps Blackpool in the Premier League this year.
I want to leave this with my favourite quote from Holloway – absolute genius!
"If you're a burglar, it's no good poncing about outside somebody's house, looking good with your swag bag ready. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. I don't advocate that obviously, it's just an analogy."