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Last Updated: Friday, 17 November 2006, 11:00 GMT
Holloway column

Janie Frampton, Wendy Toms and Amy Rayner
Women get the vote

Ian Holloway gives us the lowdown on the burning issues of the week in his regular column.

The Plymouth boss tells us his views on women officials in football, the current England set-up, Linda Lusardi and why he would be perfect to appear on I'm A Celebrity.

WOMEN IN FOOTBALL

I think they make it a much prettier place. At the end of the day I'm not one of these sexist or opinionated people who think that every woman is a bad driver. I've been behind some absolutely wicked ones in my time but I've also been behind some wickedly bad male drivers.

My wife runs the house much better than I could so I think she could be a linesman or a referee or even a football manager and that's the truth.

606: DEBATE
Chris Charles

I took the local ladies' team training once when I was at Bristol Rovers. I joined in the five-a-side and one of them absolutely nutmegged me and scored.

I ended up playing in the Premiership so if she could do that to me you could argue she was good enough to play there herself.

I'm certain that one day soon we'll see a woman refereeing a Premiership match and I will welcome that. The world goes round.

"The world is one great big huge melting pot - big enough, big enough, big enough, to take the world and all it's got." That's a brilliant song and that's what I think.

(Blue Mink's 'Melting Pot', in case you were wondering - also covered by Culture Club apparently).

ENGLAND'S DRAW IN HOLLAND

I only watched bits of it. I have to say it's not exactly floating my boat at the moment. I didn't really care about it to be honest. I think there's something drastically wrong. The last manager that got us playing as a proper unit was Sir Alf Ramsey.

Too many of our players are selfish gits. If your team-mate is in a better position to score then you should give it to him. We've got some brilliant players but we're not playing like that and it does my head in.

The way Steve McClaren got the job meant he was undermined before he even started - but don't get me started on that. It's difficult to unite any England team because the press get involved far too much. If I was ever offered the England manager's job I wouldn't do it in a million years.

MOTORHEAD SPONSOR UNDER-10 FOOTBALL TEAM

Motorhead frontman Lemmy
And this is your new manager

I hear they run out to the Ace of Spades. Turn it down a bit! You don't want these kids damaging their ears.

Does that mean they're going to have real long hair all down their backs?

They can like Motorhead if they want - each to their own - but for God's sake don't let them grow their hair because it will get in their eyes when they're trying to play.

I can't say I listen to Motorhead much - it's a little bit different to Nat King Cole, which is who I've got on my car stereo at the moment - just a tad.

I can't say it's my bag, probably more Stuart Pearce's. But you never know, I might start listening to it. My wife tells me I need to get away from this Tamla Motown, George Benson type thing that I've got going on.

HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING I'M A CELEBRITY?

John  Lydon
Holloway swears by Johnny Rotten

No. Absolute pile of crud. That and Big Brother should be binned, big time.

I'd be brilliant on it, though. I wouldn't be false, I'd never talk about anybody, I'd have to tell them right to their face - "Look, you're a complete pillock! Shut up and get out of here!"

What do these people expect? If you're living in the jungle there's gonna be snakes, there's gonna be spiders. Stop moaning and get on with it.

Someone said Stan Bowles was lined up as one of the reserves to go in it. Get out of it, he could never survive without a betting shop! I can't believe he's on the reserve list, I'm not having it. Stan has never been a reserve in his life, he's too good.

Me and my wife did watch the series with Johnny Rotten in it. I'll have him all day long, I thought he was quality. He was great, apart from his ******* language! If he stopped ******* swearing he'd be ******* brilliant!

SWITCHING ON PLYMOUTH'S XMAS LIGHTS WITH EX-PAGE 3 MODEL LINDA LUSARDI

Linda Lusardi
Linda lit up Holloway's day

Fantastic. I slated the council the other week -and they still asked me to turn the lights on. Hopefully they'll pick my bins up this week!

It was an absolute honour, I feel like I've been living in Plymouth all my life - I'm sure my neighbours feel that way as well!

I switched the lights on with Linda Lusardi. My first line was going to be: "I didn't recognise you with your clothes on", or: "I've always wanted to meet the three of you!"

Interview by Chris Charles.

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