OLLIE’S STILL ON LEARNING CURVE
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