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Last Updated: Friday, 6 October 2006, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
Holloway backs 'cheeky' Barton

Ian Holloway
It's bottoms up for Barton

Ian Holloway is one of the best-loved figures in English football.

Never short of an opinion on anything, the Plymouth manager is a ray of sunshine in a game awash with egos and accusations.

Here he gives us a rundown on some of the burning issues of the week, along with news of the quickest way to get to Plymouth from Bristol.

JOEY BARTON DROPPING HIS SHORTS

It was a bit cheeky wasn't it? But I don't think it was that bad. It would have been worse if he'd turned round and dropped the front of his shorts instead.

I don't think there's anything wrong with a couple of butt cheeks personally. I think he's a funny lad and he was having a joke. I don't think he meant to offend anybody. If anybody's offended by seeing a backside, get real.

Maybe they're just jealous that he's got a real nice tight one, with no cellulite or anything. I thought his bum cheeks looked very pert. If anybody's offended by that they ought to go and see the doctor.

STUART PEARCE AND HIS CUDDLY HORSE

Us managers do all sorts of quirky things. When Gerry Francis was in charge at QPR he always used to wear a big zip-up waterproof top - even in the summer - because he believed it helped us to win!

I've seen some crazy things and I suppose they're going to change Stuart's nickname from Psycho to Crazy Horse now!

You're only as good as your last game - sometimes not even as good as that - and you need some things to help you believe sometimes.

I wish him all the best. I think he's an absolutely fantastic bloke, top geezer, and if he wants to carry a little horse on the side of the pitch, I don't care!

MICHAEL BALLACK SHOCKED AT HOUSE PRICES IN LONDON

Michael Ballack
What am I supposed to buy with that?

I don't know how some of these people tick. I don't really want to know what he's earning - it's obscene.

It's so far removed from the real world and I think that's wrong with the game of football at the moment.

I think I could manage to buy a house on 130,000 a week and a damn sight more besides. With a month's wage packet you could probably buy a whole street down here in Plymouth.

HOW TO GET FANS IN FROM BRISTOL

I want to try and spread the support with my Bristol connection. Rovers are in the bottom division so why can't I try and convert some of them into Argyle fans?

We're in the West Country so it's not that far away. Only two and a half hours away in a slow car, an hour and a half in a fast one - or 10 minutes in a rocket!

As long as you aimed it right, you'd be down here really quickly. Don't land it on the pitch, though, because you'd ruin it!



SEE ALSO
Holloway targets Premiership push
05 Oct 06 |  Plymouth Argyle
FA hands Barton disrepute charge
05 Oct 06 |  Man City
Psycho the softie
03 Oct 06 |  Fun and Games


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