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Last Updated: Friday, 4 May 2007, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Holloway column

Ian Holloway
Watch out, Preston!

The Plymouth manager on why his side can't beat the club record for successive wins and his disappointment that the Champions League final won't be an all-English affair.

Holloway also gives his views on money in football, overdosing on crab and the Kate Moss collection.

ANOTHER GOOD VICTORY OVER PRESTON

Yes, we thoroughly deserved the win and that's four on the spin now. We had a bit of good fortune with some of the referee's decisions - but it's about time we had one or two go our way.

I'm not sure it was a penalty, it was a bit of a harsh one but there you go, that's life. We had a couple of dodgy ones go against us up at their place - just a bit.

PLYMOUTH'S RECORD IS NINE WINS ON THE BOUNCE - WHAT CHANCE OF BEATING THAT?

Well none because we've only got one game left! When I went to school, four plus one made five, not nine.

Rod Stewart
Are you Ollie in disguise?

Our last game is at Hull which has got to be one of the longest journeys in football. We're going up on a coach as well, which I'm not best pleased about, but what can you do?

We haven't managed to get a quiz sorted out to help pass the time unfortunately.

I suppose I could get my Rod Stewart wig on again and knock out a few numbers but that'd be an insult to Rod - he's a good looking bloke!

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

I'm bitterly disappointed it's not going to be an all-English final. I desperately wanted to see that happen. But good luck to the Italians, they were brilliant on the night and were the better team over the two legs.

It's amazing Liverpool have got there again - brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It was a different type of game - a very old-fashioned English-type game - smack it forward, lots of commitment, lots of challenges, but I really enjoyed it.

Full credit to Benitez, he'd obviously done his homework and the performance was fantastic. I'll be rooting for Liverpool in the final without a shadow of a doubt

CAN MAN UTD AND CHELSEA PICK THEMSELVES UP?

It's going to be very difficult, it really is. When we got beaten in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, our players were on the floor.

It will be interesting to see how this weekend goes. Obviously having a Manchester derby will help the United players and Chelsea have got the frightening thought of facing Arsenal, who won't be holding back. It's a big, big weekend.

COOKING WITH THE KIDS

I was with the Tanner brothers, who own a top restaurant in Plymouth, and their head chef at a school competition on Friday. We had a load of schoolkids cooking some of the best food I've ever tasted.

Crab
Oh no, not another one...

They had three basic ingredients to make a three-course meal.

The main ingredient of the starter was crab, the main course was pork and the pudding was strawberries and they could do what they wanted with them. The results were inspiring.

I've never eaten so much crab - I said to the kids afterwards: 'I'll be walking home sideways!'

PUNTER'S QUESTION

Tsavila: "Quick question - what do you think your chances are of beating Hull 10 or 11 nil at the weekend? It would really do my team, Leeds, a BIG favour! Then all we would have to do is, er, beat Derby by quite a few..."

We've got two chances of doing that - one of them's Adam who used to be on that TV programme Crossroads - Adam Chance - and the other's one's none. Adam and none, that's what chance we've got of winning 11-0.

Adam Chance from Crossraods
Plymouth have got Adam...

You'll have to rely on your own team to score a few goals and we will obviously be going out to win our game, so you'll have to wait and see, but I'm afraid Leeds are doomed.

They've brought it upon themselves, self-inflicted. You can't run a club like they did for all those years and expect to get away with it.

They're still paying the heavy cost of what went on before.

PUNTER'S QUESTION II

Argyleawayfan: "Hi Ollie, looks like this is going to be another good season - thanks! But how could Argyle survive in the Premiership? Do you think it's all about money or can the right attitude and right manager be enough?"

It's all about money I'm afraid. Team spirit is important - I think Neil Warnock's done fantastically well and no-one's fought harder than Watford - but it's about the quality you've got as well and without money you don't get the quality.

I had a letter from a bloke who summed it all up by saying 'Money is unfortunately one of the seven deadly sins in football'.

606: DEBATE

All these clubs are getting greedier and greedier and unfortunately poor old Plymouth haven't had any of that money yet. One season in the Premiership, even if you get relegated, and you get 30 million quid - that ain't bad, is it?

It's quite obscene but we've got to do our best to grab hold of some of it ourselves because the longer we go without it the worse it's going to be for us - unless we get an unbelievably rich sugar daddy.

PUNTER'S QUESTION III

JonnyFandango: "Hi Ollie, have you ever been to Chasers in Kingswood? It's just that I pulled a right minger in there last Saturday. I was wondering whether you've had any similar experiences back in the day..."

I wasn't allowed out - my dad would have beaten me up! I know the place he means, though, it's in Bristol. But the funny thing is, I've had a note from the woman he pulled and she says he was a right minger as well! Take that, Jonny!

WILL YOU BE BUYING YOUR WIFE OR DAUGHTERS ANY OF THE KATE MOSS COLLECTION?

Kate Moss
You sure about that, Ian?

I won't be going anywhere near Top Shop, mate - it's not really my bag.

When they go into places like that I just get hot flushes about how much it's going to cost me and I can't look at the fashions anyway.

All these little shorts that are in at the minute, I'm not having them at all. Shorts and leggings, what's that all about?

A woman should be wearing a skirt, not a stupid little pair of shorts that are too small for them. It's not right and I'm not having it!

Interview by Chris Charles.



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