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Crystal Palace wrong to let Holloway leave

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Ian Holloway has a fantastic record of getting the best out of his players and, in the Championship, that's certainly easier than the Premier League.

He started his managerial career at Bristol Rovers and won the Football League trophy, before jumping league to join QPR, where he won promotion from League One to the Championship.

He then joined Plymouth Argyle for one year and gave them their second best FA Cup run as well as giving them a respective finish in the Championship. He then left for Leicester City who were relegated in his first season, although Holloway took over in November.

After then, Holloway's career is much more known. He got Blackpool promoted, which was a bit of a shock, although anything can happen in the Championship. His Blackpool were then arguably the most entertaining team to watch in the Premier League in 2010-2011.

Blackpool's games averaged the most goals, and that's part of the reason the footballing world took a liking to Holloway, that and his rather strange claims, complaints and stories. Blackpool were relegated on the last day away at Manchester United.

If Sir Alex Ferguson was a man of his word he would have played in goal and Blackpool probably would have survived. I think Ferguson was joking though.

After the relegation, when many clubs sack their manager, Blackpool stuck with Holloway, and he led them to the play-offs in 2012, but they narrowly lost 2-1 to West Ham, who probably had the strongest squad that year.

Holloway stayed until November 3rd 2012, before joining his latest club Crystal Palace. He got them promoted in under a year of joining them. Palace had a good team, but take away Wilfried Zaha and Glenn Murray and the team would be a very average Championship squad.

Going into the Premier League, the squad was not strong enough and, after just eight games, Holloway has left his position.

In 2004-05 Southampton finished bottom of the Premier League, Harry Redknapp left and then, not too long after, they were relegated to League One. Wolves last season completed two successive relegation seasons after sacking fan favourite Mick McCarthy.

Ask most Wolves fans now and they state McCarthy would have guaranteed Championship football, and knowing his track record, probably would have got them promoted within two years.

For me, Holloway would have guaranteed this also. That is the simple reason why I personally wouldn't have sacked Holloway. Crystal Palace still have as big, if not a bigger chance of getting relegated now.

They have no players who will attract fans anymore - Zaha's gone and the rest are mostly unknown by the average fan. For me, unless Sir Alex makes a crazy return from retirement, Crystal Palace are now doomed for this season and possibly further.

Too often a fan favourite is sacked, and it is no coincidence that the two most stable clubs in England over the past 15 years are Arsenal and Manchester United. A manager is more than a someone who picks the team, they're a personality, and probably the most important for a club.

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