Ian Holloway a victim of his own success at Crystal Palace

Ian Holloway Crystal Palace
Eagles boss becomes the second casualty of the 2013/14 Premier League season following Fulham embarrassment

Crystal Palace parted ways with manager Ian Holloway after less than a year in charge on Wednesday afternoon.

Following a run of poor results, the Eagles linger in 19th in the Premier League, with just three points from their opening eight fixtures.

In a press conference on Wednesday evening, it was claimed that Holloway’s contract had been cancelled by mutual consent.

However, given the ex-Blackpool boss’ assertive mood in his post match conference following the defeat by Fulham, it is difficult to imagine the decision to vacate his position was entirely voluntary.

Speaking after the defeat, Holloway said to BBC: “I’m not talking about my future at the football club. We (the chairman and I) talk all the time.”

Unfortunately for Holloway, it appears this round of talks with chairman Steve Parish were not enough to save his job.

It could be argued that Holloway would have been better off had he not won the play-off final and subsequent promotion to the Premier League in May.

After taking the job following the departure of Dougie Freedman last October, Holloway was hugely successful in guiding a Palace side with limited financial backing to the Championship play-offs.

In winning promotion to the Premier League, one would have thought Holloway would have been given more time to turn things around at the struggling London outfit.

However, with results showing no signs of improvement, Parish obviously felt compelled to make a change.

Despite the reported £120million of television and parachute payment money that is guaranteed to the play-off final winners, Palace made little meaningful investment to improve their side over the summer, and have looked off the pace in the League so far this season – their only win coming against fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Given such meagre financial backing, Holloway may be left wondering if he was a victim of his own success in winning promotion last season.

Unfortunately, this is an occurrence becoming increasingly common across all four divisions of English football, with many managers not given enough of a chance following promotion to a higher division.

Just last week, Gillingham boss Martin Allen was removed from his position, despite winning the League Two title the previous season.

Football is a ruthless business, and whoever Palace see fit to replace Holloway will have a hard time keeping the Eagles in this division.


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