Holloway gets Blackpool job
By Tony Scholes
Updated Thursday, 21st May 2009
After the strangest of weeks down at the half a ground today comes the news that Ian Holloway is the new manager of Blackpool Football Club.
It looks to most observers that they didn't really want Parkes but felt the need to make him an offer so did so with one that he would never have seriously considered thus leaving the way clear from them to appoint a new manager.
That new manager is Ian Holloway and that's certainly an appointment that will go down well with Gary Hickson and his team at Radio Lancs who will be falling over him to get the usual 'funny' quotes.
In truth, Holloway has been out of work since he completed the job of taking Leicester into League One a year ago. He'd been with Leicester since the previous November having left his more comfortable job at Plymouth to take a job at a bigger club that was removing managers quicker than Mike Riley could give penalties at Old Trafford.
Blackpool will be Holloway's fifth club as a manager. Holloway had managed both Bristol Rovers and QPR before joining Plymouth.
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston said: "We are delighted to be able to welcome a manager of Ian's calibre to Bloomfield Road. He is a very professional and thorough person who ticked all the boxes and who has an excellent track record, and he is hungry to take the club forward."