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Palace make move for Holloway

November 2, 2012
By ESPN Staff

Crystal Palace have confirmed they have made an official approach for Blackpool manager Ian Holloway.

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The Eagles see Holloway as the ideal replacement for Dougie Freedman, who left for Bolton Wanderers last week following the departure Owen Coyle from the Reebok Stadium.

Holloway had been linked with the Bolton vacancy, as well as the recent openings at Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town which were filled by Henning Berg and Mick McCarthy respectively. However, Palace are the first club to make any interest in the 49-year-old official. "We've made an official approach to Blackpool for Ian Holloway and now we just have to wait," Palace chairman Steve Parish said. "We're pretty confident but we'll see - you never know anything in this game until it actually happens. We'll do our best but I'd like to think he will give us the right impetus now to push on.

"We feel that where we are now we need a bit of experience. The players are in a certain place and it took Dougie nearly two years to get where we are now. Rather than just try to find another Dougie, we're thinking let's try and change up."

Curtis Fleming and former Eagles midfielder Jamie Fullarton are currently taking charge of the team, with Lennie Lawrence following Freedman to Bolton, and the pair will be in the dugout for Saturday's clash against Blackburn.

Holloway's managerial career has included stints at Bristol City, QPR, Plymouth and Leicester, but it is with Blackpool that he enjoyed his greatest success by guiding them up to the Premier League in 2010 via the play-offs. After suffering relegation after just one year in the top flight, the Tangerines again reached Wembley last season but were beaten in the play-off final by West Ham United.