Holloway joins Crystal Palace from Blackpool

Ian Holloway has taken over the reins at Crystal Palace after leaving Blackpool.

The charasmatic manager, 49, has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Eagles.

Holloway, who was at yesterdays game against Blackburn but only in a spectator capacity, is joined by Keith Millen who has been named assistant manager.

Holloway said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and a fresh start.

“It is sad to leave Blackpool as my time there was the best trip I have been on and leave very proud of what was achieved and I would like to wish them all the best. I just see this as too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I got great energy when I met the club’s owners and just can’t wait to get going.

“I am bringing in Keith Millen as my assistant who is a Croydon boy and he is as excited as I am about the opportunity.”

Co-Chairman Steve Parish said: “He’s a manager I have long admired and one I believe will bring something fresh and new to our club. I am sure the supporters will be as excited about this appointment as I am and will get fully behind him.”

Holloway succeeds Dougie Freedman who left the Eagles to join Bolton last week.

by Terence Johns
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