OL­LIE’S STILL ON LEARN­ING CURVE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Luke Baker

IAN Hol­loway has be­come some­thing of a man­age­rial chameleon in re­cent times and claims he learned how to adapt in his doomed Pre­mier League sea­son at Black­pool.

Having got the Tan­ger­ines to the promised land, they be­gan life in the top tier like an ex­press train but faded in the sec­ond half of the cam­paign to drop back into the Championship.

Hol­loway blames his own dog­ma­tism for that fail­ure but is now reap­ing the re­wards of flex­i­bil­ity at QPR. They beat Cardiff with a 5-3-2 for­ma­tion last week­end, be­fore switch­ing to 4-2-3-1 in mid­week and sub­se­quently de­feat­ing-Barns­ley.

“How I ap­proach games comes from be­ing a man­ager, and from the ex­pe­ri­ence of win­ning and los­ing as many games as I have,” he ex­plained. “I wasn’t al­ways like that.

“The game has changed and you have to adapt. At Black­pool, I felt I could do what­ever I liked and ev­ery­body would have to bend and bow to stop us.

“After half the sea­son in the Pre­mier League, teams learnt how to stop us.

“I had 28 points after 23 games and got only an­other 11 in the last 23. Teams had sussed us out. You have to adapt, you have to learn.”

LESSONS: Ian Hol­loway

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