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Yesterday news broke that Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has left the club by mutual consent. Holloway announced:
“I’ve lost the spirit of the group that got us up. I owe it to the lads to admit that. We went through hell and back last season. It is a privilege to have worked at Palace. With me out the way, the new man will have a chance to start again.
“I have pride in the job we’ve both done. It wasn’t easy. If Steve’s last manager wasn’t headhunted I wouldn’t have been here. We need to shut up shop in this division. At the minute we’ve got a whole new group there.
“I have to hold my hand up and say we didn’t keep the spirit that got us up. We changed too much too quickly. Someone new coming in now with a tad more experience at this level will have 30 games left.
“I’m proud to have been involved with Palace and I wouldn’t want to out-wear my welcome. If someone does want a chance in the Premier League with a good group, they should seriously believe in this project.
“I had five days off over the summer and I’m absolutely exhausted. Maybe I don’t have the energy to play Arsenal and not only stop them but try and win. Everything is about the betterment of Crystal Palace Football Club. And that’s what we have been discussing.
“My job is to do the best job I can for the football club. Some of the bits and pieces that follow this league, I don’t particularly like. Results have let me down because we haven’t got the points we deserved.
“This club needs an impetus of energy. But I just feel tired to be honest. I’m worn out. I need a little bit of time to chill out with the family, but I will look out for Palace’s scores. All I can do is be as honest as I can and wish everyone at the club well. I just need time to chill out.”
Former Stoke City manager Tony Pulis is the favorite to replace Holloway, and we would like to go on record and wish Ian the best of luck in his future because he is truly one of the most must see managers at the moment. Hoping to see you back in the league sooner rather than later Holly.
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