The effervescent football manager Ian Holloway has left Blackpool to join Crystal Palace.
Holloway had become frustrated at what he saw as a lack of support from the controversial owner of Blackpool, Karl Oyston.
Holloway said that his chairman had refused to offer him anything more than a rolling contract, “which suits him, but not me.”
Holloway took Blackpool up to the Premier League where, after a good start, they sold midfielder Charlie Adam to Liverpool and were relegated back to the Championship on the last day of the 2010-2011 season.
Blackpool began this season well, but their form has tailed off somewhat and Holloway expressed his frustrations earlier this week. Player investment was not forthcoming and he knew that, sooner or later, the chairman would force him to sell the better players such as Tom Ince. Blackpool sit in 12th place.
Holloway joins the high flying Eagles of Crystal Palace who are in 4th place in the same division and their form did not suffer when manager Dougie Freedman left to join Bolton Wanderers.
Holloway said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and a fresh start. It is sad to leave Blackpool as my time there was the best trip I have been on. I 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.”
Indeed it is. Crystal Palace have every chance of being promoted to the Premiership. Bookies have them priced at 8-1 for promotion this season. I’ll have some of that Mr. Bookmaker.