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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 June 2006, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
Plymouth appoint Holloway as boss
Ian Holloway
Holloway has managed QPR and Bristol Rovers
Plymouth have appointed former QPR boss Ian Holloway as their new manager.

The 43-year-old has signed a three-year deal and fills the position left vacant by Tony Pulis, who returned to manage his former club Stoke 12 days ago.

Holloway was suspended by QPR in February this year after rumours linking him with the then vacant manager's position at Leicester.

Hoops chairman Gianni Paladini insisted that he would not sack Holloway, but also said he would not return.

The former Bristol Rovers manager spoke of his pride at taking the post.

He said: "I am all about pride and passion and I aim to bring those two things to Plymouth.

"I feel, after 10 years shared between Rovers and Rangers, I have finally come of age as a manager as I have never played for Plymouth and yet they want me here as the man to lead them - and that's what I intend to do.

Ian is a manager that likes to stay around and that was a big factor for us

Plymouth chairman Paul Stapleton

"As a West Country man this is a very proud moment for me. I am delighted to be here and cannot wait to get started."

Plymouth chairman Paul Stapleton was pleased to secure the services of Holloway and insisted that he would like him to remain at the club for the long term.

He said: "Ian Holloway was the man we wanted and I am delighted that he has come here to Plymouth.

"Ian is a manager that likes to stay around and that was a big factor for us.

"He spent five years at Bristol Rovers and QPR and although his initial contract with us is for three years, we - Ian and the board are hoping he will be around for a lot longer than that.

"We are working on a five-year plan and we want him to be around for that."

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