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Last Updated: Friday, 17 August 2007, 09:01 GMT 10:01 UK
Holloway column

Ian Holloway
Ollie goes fourth

The Plymouth manager gives his inimitable views on the week's events in football and beyond.

This week he talks about Argyle's excellent start, Wayne Rooney's boots and Roy Keane's attack on the WAGs.

Ollie also pays his own special tribute to Elvis Presley, who died 30 years ago this week. Click the link at the top to hear him in full flow.


Well it's three points out of three - only another 45 games to go! It was a very hard-fought game against Hull - to go one behind and come back and show the spirit we did is very good.

We're in fourth place in the first table of the season - I wish we could freeze it and stay there. I'd probably take that at the end of the season, if I can't get first or second.

Ollie's getting better in the cup

We're also through to the next round of the Carling Cup. I think that's the first time I've managed to do that - as a manager anyway.

Last year I said I was like a bad teabag - because I didn't stay in the cup very long - but we're tasting a little bit nicer now - you can't see the bottom of the cup anymore, you can definitely see there's tea in there.


Roy Keane: "We had one player this summer who didn't even have the courtesy to call us back because his wife wanted to move to London - and shopping was mentioned."

Well Sunderland should sort out their shopping centres then, shouldn't they! If that is the reason why these players aren't coming then it's a sad state of affairs but I wouldn't like to wager why any women doesn't want to go anywhere because trying to understand a woman can get you in trouble.

They say one thing and mean another and as my dad said years ago - you can't live with them - but you certainly can't live without them, son.

I've got four women in my house - my wife and my three daughters - and I tell you what, it's pretty scary. I keep my head down and if we're out shopping I try and look in a man's shop while they make their minds up.

Stars of WAGS Boutique

Tell all the WAGs we've got a brand new shopping centre in Plymouth called Drake Circus and it's superb, so you can't level that at us.

My daughters are going there this afternoon and I've nicked my wife's purse so she can't spend anything. So they'll all be doing some window shopping - beautiful.


I noticed Ian Wright suggesting Wayne should wear boots like my dad used to wear! I'm not sure. The game's so fast these days and he's got such fast feet.

Someone nicks the ball away and accidentally stamps on his foot...whatever boots he had on he might well have broken something.

Having said that, I'm not so sure there's enough support in the soles these days. It looks to me like you can bend them in half quite easily, whereas years ago you had a bit more rigidity in the sole, so I think they should look at that.

Ancient football boot
Try this for size, Wayne

It's bad luck for everyone but he's young so I'm sure he'll get over it.

It's not the best start for United, is it? It just goes to show you, the people at the top expect to win all the time and now two draws feels like two defeats.

They're going into the Manchester derby four points behind Man City which has got to be a first.


We all said he was great, didn't we.....ha ha ha! He's gonna prove us all right - we always said he was brilliant!

He's got a good track record in club football and he had a good track record when he came to England as well. It was only when the papers found that he was being a dodgy geezer with a load of different birds that people went off him a bit because we didn't trust him.

It didn't really bother me because he wasn't married to that woman. If you're not going against a contract that's a bit different.


It's fantastic isn't it? I wonder if she's going to turn up for work next Monday?

Good luck to her - is she single? Well I tell you what, she won't be single for long, mate! What a catch. There'll be a few people getting a net out trying to snare her but good luck to her, fantastic.

Euromillions winner Angela Kelly
You want Ronaldo, Ollie? No problem

I don't think it would be wise for her to get involved with football, though.

I think she should just go off and have a lovely holiday, lie on a big yacht that she's just bought and go and watch a load of soaps. Get a great big telly on deck - lovely jubbly.

Whatever's her bag she should just go off and do it. There's more than enough money in football, she should just chill out and have a sandwich, as my son says.


Sirsawyer: Ollie I'm a big Argyle fan with a season ticket. I and most other fans were hoping you would sign some more players this summer. The big question is why didn't you sign Paul Mcveigh after you had him on trial? He looked a 15-goal a season man to me.


I didn't want to give him two years and Luton did. Plymouth's out on a limb and some players don't want to come down here unless it's a big deal.

Basically I've got Ebanks-Blake, Chadwick, Fallon and Hayles and he said he wanted to play up front. It's not that I didn't want him but sometimes these things don't marry up.


Supergreensy: Mr Holloway would you like to borrow a hammer and chisel to open the chairman's wallet?

I don't think that's right. I think everybody's looking at it the wrong way. We've got some really good players here and there's some really good young kids coming through and sometimes the more you have the worse you get - ask Alex at the moment.

United looked like they were going to run away with the Premier League and they couldn't win their first two games. Look at Martin Jol at Spurs, they've lost their first two games - it ruins your spirit sometimes.

Plymouth players celebrate
Smells like Green spirit

If I found some good players I would add them, simple as that. I haven't got a problem with my chairman and I don't think our fans should have a problem with our chairman.

All summer I've been under pressure to try and bring other people in - who are they? And with the prices that are going around at the moment, how can we compete with that?

Sometimes you don't need to, it's about your spirit and your togetherness and that's what I deem very important in a football club.


K8ibelle: Ollie - Do you have a fantasy football team for the new season, and if so who is in it?

No I don't do that because it's fantasy. I've got the reality of having to pick a team who for all sorts of reasons might not be available to me - suspensions, illness, their wife might be ill, their kids might be upset and all sorts of things.

I've got the reality so I don't deal in fantasies when it comes to football. It's great for other people to play and good luck to those of you who do it but I personally wouldn't waste my time on it.


I love the big man. Absolutely brilliant. I had his 40 greatest hits when I was young and I love him to death.

Elvis Presley
Fish and chips twice, please

Some of the films were a bit dodgy. That one where he was diving off a cliff, climbed back up to the top and his hair was immaculate and he wasn't even wet....I couldn't believe that!

And for me that's why he's the King.

I've never seen anybody look so good in a skintight pair of speedos. And do you know what, I swear he's still alive because the other day I saw a bloke down the chip shop who looked just like him!

Ian Holloway was talking to Chris Charles.

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