Next Walsall Manager: Ian Holloway Throws His Hat into the Ring Next Walsall Manager: Ian Holloway Throws His Hat into the Ring

Next Walsall Manager: Ian Holloway Throws His Hat into the Ring

Former Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway has become the first man to go public with his desire to talk to the club's board over the currently vacant manager's position, with the 56-year-old said to be keen to begin a new long-term project where he can develop a squad from scratch.
Holloway, a former midfielder who amassed over six-hundred appearances as a player turning out for clubs such as Bristol Rovers, Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay United and Queens Park Rangers, also has a lengthy managerial CV which includes gaining promotion to the Premier League with both Blackpool and Crystal Palace.

Ian, who has been out of a job since leaving QPR in May 2018, also has plenty of managerial experience in the lower leagues with spells of varying success with clubs such as Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Millwall.

Kingswood-born Holloway, who had been linked with the Saddlers job many years ago, said; "I want to get back to work but I don’t want it to be at a club where there is every chance I could be moved on after six or 12 months.

"At the stage I’m at in my career, I’m looking for a project. I want to be at a club I can move forward. I want to develop young players – for me, it’s all about learning and teaching now. And I want to play in the way I played at Blackpool.

"That is what I want, it doesn’t matter about the level. It’s all about the project and making a football club better. That’s what I’m looking for and if Walsall think I can do that for them I’d be happy to speak to them."

Holloway, who can often be seen alongside Colin Murray on Quest's EFL highlights show, added that he is currently enjoying working in the media, but he believes his best coaching days are still ahead of him.

Holloway continued; "I’m really enjoying working in the media and the opportunities I’ve been given. That’s why my next job has to be the right one because I’m enjoying what I’m doing now.

"The most important thing for me is that I enjoy doing whatever I’m doing for the rest of my life. But I’d love the chance to make a football club better. It is all about the process.

"I want to develop a team and develop young players who play in a modern way but with old fashioned values. How good we’d be would be down to the players we’d sign and the attitude they’d bring.

"But it would be wonderful managing a club that is really worth getting excited about."
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