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Last Updated: Friday, 9 February 2007, 11:37 GMT
Holloway column

Didier Drogba
Drogba could do a job for Plymouth

This week the Plymouth manager gives his views on the England team, Americans in football, Cristiano Ronaldo and Wags Boutique.

You can listen to the interview by clicking the link above and by tuning in to Five Live Sport on Friday between 7-10pm.


He's OK, he's fair! He's in the running for goal of the month on Match of the Day. It was a fantastic goal he scored for us against Barnet, but not that unexpected given his talent.

We're hoping to extend his loan deal for another month and I wouldn't mind a few more of their players on loan - we'll have Drogba up front, that'll do! And maybe John Terry at the back, I'm sure they'd love to come to Plymouth.


I'm glad it's not my team to worry about. All these so-called experts saying Lampard and Gerrard can't play in the same team - what do they know?

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard
England's dynamic duo

I wouldn't mind having the problem of trying to accommodate those two in my side - what I wouldn't do to have that problem.

The problem with the England job is there's too many opinions. You've just got to pick the team you want and the only person who did that successfully was Sir Alf Ramsey.

Poor old Jimmy Greaves didn't get picked because he was too selfish and we won the World Cup.


If their money speaks and they don't interfere with the manager's decisions I'd take money from absolutely anybody. It could be a butcher, could be anybody. Give me the money and I'll spend it, me old cocker!

I love those American adverts for Budweiser - multi-ball, final shoot-out and all that...."you stick to the soccer, we'll stick to the beer".

They can stick to the pre-match and half-time entertainment, get the old cheerleaders buzzing and whatever, and we can spend their money. And if they wanna come down and help us in Plymouth, bring it on.


I think he'll stop at United next season. He's got massive respect for the manager, that team's getting better and better and he's a huge part of it.

Cristiano Ronaldo
Me? A diver?

He's a terrific player - he handled all those tricky situations after the World Cup with the support of his manager, and at the end of the day it's what he does with the football that really counts.

It did look like he dived the other day and he should stop that. If he was the only one doing it then I would chastise him but I'm afraid he's not the only one doing it.

Even Michael Owen did it once playing for England and I wasn't very happy about that. Unfortunately it's part and parcel of the game at the moment and I hate it.


I haven't seen it yet but I'm going to have to watch it because Marc Bircham's missus is in it. Mind you, the last thing I'd want to do is go shopping with a load of wives to be honest! It ain't the best situation to be in.

I come over all strange when I'm stood in the lingerie department in those places. I need a right tablet!


'Bluebird Monster': Ollie, I think you're a brilliant character and I've noticed recently you've been commenting on Big Brother. What I want to know is if you ever resigned from football, (which I hope you don't), would you ever consider doing Big Brother? I think you'd be quality and loads of people would want you to win!

I don't think I'm enough of a celebrity to get on there. Although a non-celebrity won the last Celebrity Big Brother before this one and that about sums up the stupidity of the programme.

Chris Charles

I definitely wouldn't go on there because I'd be starting all the rows under the sun - "Oi gobby, shut up! You're out of order" - and I'd say it to their faces.

My dad taught me never talk about someone, talk to someone, that was the golden rule. All they ever do on there is talk about people and it makes me want to vomit.

I tell you what I am watching at the moment, which is amazing, is Fat Men Can't Hunt on BBC3. They've taken a load of overweight people out to the jungle and they've got a tribe looking after them, teaching them to live off the fat of the land, trapping animals and that.

One bloke went absolutely berserk, insulted the whole lot of them and I was ashamed. Basically the big fella just wanted to go and sit on his arse and eat a load of burgers.


'Greg Burns': Ian, me and my mates are massive fans of yours - so much so that we have named the bar in our house after you (The Ian Holloway Bar). We were all thinking if we came down to Plymouth would you come out drinking with us? We'd all love to see what you had to say about everything, especially when we've all had one or two beers.

I'd love to come out for a drink with you. Absolutely love it. Down on the Barbican in Plymouth is the best place in the world. That's a date, Greg. I think anyone who's never been to Plymouth should come down and see it - it's absolutely stunning.

I'm gonna get my own restaurant down here soon. I wanna invest in the area, get something that will keep me down here for life. Normally football managers get the sack and you end up all twisted and warped. I don't wanna be like that.

Interview by Chris Charles.

Listen to archive Ollie interviews
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