"Ollie": The Autobiography of Ian Holloway Hardcover – 17 Sep 2007
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Ian Holloway, manager of Championship side Plymouth Argyle is one of football's most outspoken and interesting characters as well as being a respected football coach. This book will be the first time that Ollie tells his story from his days as an apprentice at Bristol Rovers through to his playing days at the highest level with QPR. Now a respected football manager he has had many personal battles to overcome not least illness and learning that his children are profoundly deaf.
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There are some very funny moments and some genuinely touching ones and it's all delivered in a way that makes you think he is sat next to you reading it in his deep Bristol accent.
Well worth a read for any football fan.
In his early life Ian was heavily influenced by his father and when his father died during his early playing days it affected him hard but helped drive him on to being a success. As a player Ollie enjoyed success with Bristol Rovers before signing for Queens Park Rangers who were managed by Gerry Francis the former manager of Rovers.
Whilst at QPR Ollie noticed the difference between a small club like Rovers and a big club like Rangers and found some players at higher levels did not seem to have the same appetite for success. Nerveless this drove Ollie on and he fell in love with QPR and it's supporters.
Ollie has always held Gerry Francis in high regard and whilst at QPR started writing down tactics and training methods in preparation for his future life in football management.
After leaving QPR Ollie was appointed player manager of Bristol Rovers.
Whilst managing Rovers Ollie discovered the internal politics of the football club he loved which he often found hard to accept but with the help of his great friend Gary Penrice they were able to build successful teams with very little money.
Gerry Francis was heavily behind the decision for Ollie to get the job at QPR.Read more ›
this is very much an unfinished symphony - and consequently disappointed.
Would recommend it especially to footie fans.
Despite the fact that he has gone to Leicester (I'm a Forest fan) and I should therefore hate the guy, I enjoyed the book and learned a lot about a guy I had always considered to be a complete fruitcake.
The story of an honest bread and butter footballer and manager, not a superstar, and all the more enjoyable for that.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another gift that was received well and enjoyed. A good read and a witty autobiography that was enjoyed and appreciatedPublished on 1 April 2014 by Kathryn
An entertaining insight into the life of a footballer and manager, both on and off the field. Ollie makes you laugh and cry. Read morePublished on 20 Feb. 2010 by Mr. Alan P. Todd
This is the first book that has shocked me in places and made me laugh and cry in others. Holloway comes across as being a thoroughly likeable guy (ignore the bitter Plymouth... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2009 by J. R. Hind
Ollie is a man with obvious limitations but raises a grin more than most and it's refreshing to have someone mad as a box of frogs doing press reports rather than Arsene "Not... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2008 by Chubworth