Date:Thursday May 21 2009
Former Queens Park Rangers player and manager Ian Holloway has landed the vacant post at Blackpool.
Holloway has returned to football as manager at Bloomfield Road with the 46-year-old signing a one-year deal with the Tangerines.
Ian signed for QPR in August 1991 for £230,000 from hometown club Bristol Rovers, he went on to make 169 appearances for the R`s scoring five goals.
He joined Rangers as manager in the troubled relegation season of 2000-01, and helped transform the club into a promotion challenging side despite only starting pre-season with eight players.
After five fun filled years in W12 with memorable lines and one amazing day in Hillsborough, Ian departed under a cloud with then chairman Gianni Paladini placing the charismatic boss on gardening leave.
He went on to manage Plymouth Argyle securing a bargain buy in Manchester United forward Sylvan Ebanks-Blake for the Pilgrims.
It wasn`t long before he was on the move again when Milan Mandaric persuaded him to join Leicester City, but he couldn`t save them from relegation to League One and was ultimately sacked.
He has been out of the game since the final game of last season - the Foxes fateful day at promoted Stoke City - but now the magnanimous former boss is back where he belongs, in the managerial hot-seat.
Former goalkeeper Chris Day spoke exclusively to Vital QPR a few months ago about his former manager: "Working with Ollie was a fantastic experience not at least for the fact we got all the one liners before you did!
"On a serious note I felt he put a lot of pride and passion back into the club and was the sort of 'Gaffer' that you could talk to about anything , whether it be football or personal .
"You only have to read his book to be inspired and get an insight to everything that went on."
Welcome back to football Olly!
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Date:Thursday May 21 2009
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