Ian Holloway leaves Crystal Palace by mutual consent

PUBLISHED: 17:34 23 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:45 23 October 2013

Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway. Photo: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

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Ian Holloway has left his position as manager of Crystal Palace after leading The Eagles to promotion to the Premier League.

Holloway, who arrived at Selhurst Park less than a year ago, has departed by mutual consent.

He had previously managed QPR, Plymouth Argyle and guided Blackpool into English football’s top tier, before taking over The Eagles in November last year.

Speculation around his future at the club was rife after a crushing 4-1 defeat at home to Fulham on Monday night. It was widely reported that he had at least three meetings with chairman Steve Parish following the defeat.

In a press conference this evening, Holloway said: “I have pride in the job we’ve both done. It wasn’t easy. If Steve’s last manager wasn’t headhunted I wouldn’t have been here.

“We need to shut up shop in this division. At the minute we’ve got a whole new group there.

“Part of my talking with Steve was about am I the one with the energy left?

“I have to hold my hands up and say we didn’t keep the spirit that got us up. We changed too much too quickly.

“Someone new coming in now with a tad more experience at this level will have 30 games left.

“The four owners are unique. They are supporters of the club. Seven defeats out of eight is not good enough.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Parish said Holloway’s position at Palace was secure prior to the defeat to Martin Jol’s west Londoners.

At this evening’s press conference, Parish said: “Ian’s contract at Crystal Palace has come to an end by mutual consent.

“Ian felt that a new approach might help keep us in the division.

“I’ve enjoyed every minute of working with Ian. He leaves our club with his head held very high.

“I’d like to put the record straight. We’ve never fallen out. We’ve worked together brilliantly. We feel we need to move on to progress.”

Crystal Palace currently find themselves in 19th place in the Premier League, and five points adrift of safety. Their defeat to Fulham was the fifth on the spin, and the seventh in eight games this season.

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