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"Ollie": The Autobiography of Ian Holloway Hardcover – 17 Sep 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Green Umbrella Publishing; 1st edition (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906229171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906229177
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
He should change the title of this book: remove the "Ol" at the beginning and add an "s" at the end. Dreadful sham of a book.
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As a fan of what Ian Holloway say's when giving after match interviews, I had to admit I didn't really know a great deal about him. This book is a fascinating insight into his life, both private and football - read about his playing days, read about his raising his family including his deaf daughters and about his first few managerial roles.

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.
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Football throughout the years has always had big personalities from the likes of Alf Ramsey, Bill Shankly and Brian Cough. Unfortunately modern day football managers are not allowed by the FA to have personalities and becoming like robots always scared to say what they think. Thankfully Ian Holloway is a manager who has never been scared to say what he thinks and has even created his own Ollisums. This book documents his life from when he was born though to the years when he managed Plymouth.

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.
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There's a lot of lower league managers out there with a similar story to tell. And I reckon most would be very similar to this. Personally if I was you - I would wait another 24 months until the full Blackpool Saga emerges - and then buy the "updated version".
this is very much an unfinished symphony - and consequently disappointed.
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I read this book over a couple of months; sometimes find autobiographies a bit dull, however, this really captivated me especially with what he's been through with his wife & kids. He is an incredibly passionate man which comes across when reading the book. His time at QPR is blatantly a sore subject still & although I don't support any of the clubs that Ollie has managed - I reckon we would definitely benefit from his skill, wisdom & enthusiasm!

Would recommend it especially to footie fans.
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As a QPR fan I must admit to some bias but I found the honesty and sincerity of this book thoroughly refreshing. A hard working midfielder in the club's premiership days, it is actually as a manager during some of the club's blackest years that Holloway will be remembered. This account gives his insider thoughts on some of those difficult times, but fans of Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle should also find a lot of interesting information about their clubs in the book. The parallel story of his family life makes moving reading. For an account of the highs and lows of nitty gritty football life, this book would be hard to beat. Thoroughly recommended and good luck to Holloway at Leicester City.
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In his soundbites, Ollie seems funny, genuine and a man with an intersting story to tell. Sadly this book either doesn't illustrate any of those characheristics. Its badly written, his anecdotes and punchlines get repeated with alarming regulariy and its incredibly tiresome. Even when the book threates to tell an intersting story, its always given a spin to make Ollie out to be a true man of the people, yer honest bloke next door - the books recurring theme is of someone desperate to portray that image, not tell their life story. Truly I've read some worse biographies but not many. I'd hoped it would be good. Its anything but. A real letdown. Avoid.
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To be honest, I probably wouldn't have ever considered buying this book. But I entered a competition with Ginsters and won a signed copy.
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.
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