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Last Updated: Friday, 26 October 2007, 09:35 GMT 10:35 UK
Holloway column

Ian Holloway
It's nosebleed time

The Plymouth manager gives his inimitable views on football and life in general in his weekly column.

This week Ollie speaks of his delight to see Argyle riding high in the table and Gary Megson's controversial move to Bolton.

He also talks about Arsenal's total football, Rod Stewart's model railway habit and Rocky's toughest opponent.


It sounds great, but only if you're saying it when we've played 44, 45 or 46 games. The way I look at it, it's like racing that great long-distance runner Haile Gebrselassie - and after 200m we're level with him.

It's a great feeling, the lads have been rewarded for doing well, but we've got to keep it going and carry on putting in some good performances. Managers get judged on results, but we all know if you perform well you're likely to get good results.

We had to dig in the other night, but it was a great feeling to come away from Charlton with three points. They played well and we had to stand strong as they threw everything at us - the kitchen sink, the campervan, you name it.

Volkswagen Camper
Look out!

We're taking ourselves seriously - and more fool anybody who isn't.

This Championship is a wonderful division because anybody can beat anybody and you have to be consistent.

But the bigger you are, the more money you can throw at it in January - and then you can get some strange runs like Sunderland last year. They more or less bought themselves a team, they gelled really quickly and were a formidable act by the end of the season.


Gary couldn't get a job for 18 months, but it's like buses, isn't it? He's been waiting for a bus for months and now two have turned up at once.

Leicester have got through a lot of managers in the last couple of years, but I imagine the fans must have half expected that when they knew Milan Mandaric was going to be involved in their club.

He does get through a fair few managers, but then he brings success, so I don't think they'll moan that much because he definitely wants to get the club going forward, so good luck to them - except when they play us!

Gary Megson
Now where's that number 63?

Gary's dad was the first manager who ever signed me, when I was an associate schoolboy at Bristol Rovers. Big Don Megson - and he was big by the way.

Gary was brought up at Bristol Rovers and he was a terrific player. I don't know him that well but I know what he's done and good luck to him.


I think you've got to think very hard about the sort of contracts you take on in life - and the same with relationships.

I saw a programme about Jose Mourinho the other night and he was going on about being in love. He's in love with people, he's in love with life and he was in love with his job - and if you fall out of love with it then I can understand people changing.

But let's be perfectly honest, these managers' contracts aren't really worth the paper they're written on.

Man gardening
Gardening leave - who needs it?

How can someone take your job, the job that you're paid to do, that you have a contract to do?

You're sat at home in your garden and someone else is doing your job and you haven't had your money paid up. How does that work?

You've got to sit in your house and you're not allowed to say a bloomin' word to defend yourself because they'll rip the contract away from you for putting the club into disrepute.

I had it last year. The style of play that my team, QPR, was supposed to have played was long ball, booting it here and booting it there. Was it hell! What a load of rubbish - get some of the videos out.

There's a lot of things wrong with football and there's a lot of things wrong with life. Life doesn't do fair things - you've just got to get on with it.


I haven't seen any of the goals yet, but I bet they were fantastic because that bloke has got an academy of football going on there and the amount of respect I've got for him is unbelievable.


I want my club to be like the Arsenal. In other words, Arsene hasn't had the money available to Chelsea and Man Utd, but look what he produces.

His recruitment policy is outstanding and then when he coaches them and gets them to play that gives all of us hope.

It's a joy to watch. If you're an Arsenal fan, you've been spoilt for years - you lucky, lucky, lucky Gooners!


Rod Stewart outed as model railway enthusiast, with a scale model of New York's Grand Central Station in his loft.

Ha ha! Well to be fair to him, he's worked hard and entertained us for years so he should be able to spend his money on whatever he likes.

I'm not saying that's really my bag, though. I like riding on real-sized trains but that's as far as it goes.

Rod Stewart's model of Grand Central Station
He don't wanna talk about it

Everyone's got to have a hobby, although I must say that's a bit of a shocking one! It's in his loft but apparently he's got 100m worth of track so his loft must be a bit bigger than mine!

One thing's for sure, he made a wise choice to become a singer rather than a footballer. I've seen him in the charity do's and all I'll say is, Rod, you'd have wasted your talents trying to play football old son.


Plymjock84: "Hello Ollie. I've lived in Plymouth for two years but have never had any real desire to see Argyle play. But since your legendary self has taken the reins, I'm dallying with the idea of attending Home Park. Could you give me three reasons why I should come and watch Argyle play?"

Football. We play some good football.
Company. The people sat next to you will be fantastic.
Pasties. Probably the best in the world.

You don't know what you're missing, so come along - and can you bring a couple of thousand mates with you as well?

And can I suggest you travel around the country to see us as well, because we're quite good away. We're at Preston on Saturday - another long journey, and I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank our fans.

Never mind the football, try the pasties

There was at least 1700 of them the other day up at Charlton, on a Tuesday night, which is unbelievable. I can't thank them enough. They're very, very special people.

I was made up there the other night because we were getting a little bit of stick from some of the London people - "awright mate", "awright son".

I got called "big nose" and all that a couple of times - and my goalie coach was told "Oi, sit daan fatty!"

It was a little bit rude but then our fans started singing and we felt like we were at home.


Cockneydannyboy: "Ollie - who do you think was Rocky's toughest opponent?"

Apollo Creed. No, hang on, he beat him, didn't he? It's got to be Clubber Lang - "I'm gonna beat you up, crazy fool!"

He was a nightmare, wasn't he? He was relentless, never stopped coming, and Rocky got a bit cocky. It's all right getting to the top - but you've got to stay there, that's the hard thing. A bit like us - it's no good being run away from in the 10,000m race.

Ian Holloway was talking to Chris Charles.

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