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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 October 2006, 08:17 GMT 09:17 UK
Holloway targets Premiership push
By Chris Charles

Ian Holloway
Holloway wants to be in the Premiership
Plymouth boss Ian Holloway is enjoying a new lease of life after putting all the troubles of last season behind him.

The former QPR manager spent an unhappy five months on gardening leave after being suspended by his old club, but that is all now firmly in the past.

Plymouth currently lie eighth in the Championship and Holloway told BBC Sport: "The lads have done brilliantly.

"I want to get a team into the Premiership and I've targeted this lot to do it."

Plymouth were tipped to struggle this season, but with impressive away wins at Sunderland and Coventry already under their belts, Holloway believes they are capable of anything.

"We had a few problems early on with injuries but we've settled down and the players have done ever so well," he said.

"I've only added two signings for money and two free transfers so given that, I think we can be very pleased with ourselves.

"The lads work very hard but then I knew they would. You don't get promoted twice as champions if you haven't got something special in your character. So if we can tap into that, and add to it, we can keep moving forward because the place is absolutely massive."

If you aim for the stars and you hit the moon that's fine

Ian Holloway

One thing that has particularly impressed Holloway is the never-say-die attitude of his new charges.

"The players never give up, as they showed when we were 3-0 down against Cardiff and came back to get a point. Sometimes we get defeated but we're never beaten," he said.

"We don't normally travel well either apparently, but I haven't really noticed that. We've had three wins on our travels and just one defeat - and that was only 1-0 after two people had been carried off in the first 20 minutes.

"Our aim is to win the league. That's got to be the target. If you aim for the stars and you hit the moon, that's fine. Anyone can beat anyone in this division so why not?

"I think realistically our fans would be happy with fifth bottom or halfway but I haven't come here for that. I want to win something."

Holloway, who was at QPR for five years before an acrimonious parting of the ways - triggered by speculation linking him to Leicester - bears no ill will to his former club and wished Rangers' new boss John Gregory all the best.

But it is clear he is enjoying life at Home Park, not least because of the warmth he has been shown.

"The people down here are straight and honest, they talk to you," he said.

"If you're on a train they'll say 'hello' and come up and shake your hand. I lived in London for a few years and no-one spoke to me once. Perhaps it was just me!"

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