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First team manager

9 June 2014

Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway was appointed as Millwall's new manager in January 2014, becoming Steve Lomas' successor at The Den.

As a player Holloway made 717 career appearances between 1981 and 2000, featuring for Bristol Rovers in three separate spells as well as playing for Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay and QPR. 

His first job in management came with The Gas whilst he was still a player at the club, and in his first season in charge he led them to 17th in League One. The following campaign he oversaw Rovers' climb up the League and they eventually finished fifth - losing out in the Play-Off Semi-Finals to Northampton Town. 

Holloway continued to impress as a manager, and after finishing seventh with Rovers in 1999/2000, he was appointed new QPR boss in February 2001. The Loftus Road club were struggling at the bottom end of the Championship at the time and were eventually relegated at the end of the season before Holloway set about rebuilding the side. 

He did just that, and Rangers were promoted back to the second tier of English football in 2004. The next season, Holloway led them to a very respectful 11th-placed finish in the Championship. 

A midfielder in his playing days, he left QPR in February 2006, eventually moving back into management with Plymouth Argyle a few months later. 

He remained with The Pilgrims for 16 months before taking over as Leicester City manager, but he couldn't help them avoid relegation from the Championship at the end of the 2007/8 season and left the club. 

After a year out of management, Holloway took over as Blackpool boss in May 2009, and in his first season in charge led The Tangerines to promotion to the Premier League via the Play-Offs for the club's first campaign in the top flight in 40 years. 

His side won widespread plaudits for their attractive brand of football during that Premier League season, but following a final day defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford, Holloway's men were relegated back to the Championship. 

That didn't disrupt their momentum, however, and Holloway almost led his side to an immediate Premier League return, narrowly missing out on promotion via the Play-Offs once more after losing against West Ham United in the 2011/12 Final. 

In November 2012 he left Bloomfield Road to replace Dougie Freedman at Crystal Palace, and successfully led The Eagles into the Championship Play-Offs back in May, winning in the Wembley Final courtesy of Kevin Phillips' extra-time penalty against Watford. 

After just less than a year in charge he left Selhurst Park in October, taking a few months out of the game before moving to The Den and overseeing the side’s successful battle against relegation from the Championship.

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