Ian Holloway: ‘Managing Grimsby makes me feel like Mary Poppins’

Ian Holloway: ‘Managing Grimsby makes me feel like Mary Poppins’

Stocked with an infectious personality, Holloway has already struck up a rapport with supporters, buying some gloves and calendars within the club shop hours before Grimsby edged out Salford City on New Year’s Day – their first win for quite three months. Since he was appointed manager, Grimsby, who visit Leyton Orient on Saturday, have garnered maximum points after beating Mansfield last outing , despite playing quite 80 minutes with 10 men. then win Holloway apologised for over-celebrating, acknowledging a cocktail of pent-up energy and frustration had got the higher of him. But Holloway, who describes the previous Grimsby managers Bill Shankly and Lawrie McMenemy as inspirations, needn’t apologise for restoring a feelgood factor around Blundell Park in double-quick time.

“I’ve been gobsmacked by the response from everybody at the club,” he says. “I’m a Bristol Rovers fan and we’ve had some terrible times but you never change the kit that’s around your heart. Ever. But unfortunately, as a football manager, I’ve had to. Bristol Rovers sacked me years ago so I’ve had to vary colours and these colours haven’t fit so well on me in my life.

“Every club should be a fit the manager, a wedding between the manager and therefore the owner. At the instant there’s too many layers above the manager now, so you can’t get an in depth relationship with the chairman. you’ve got got chief executives, directors of football, all kinds of things … but this is often quaint and that i absolutely like it . this is often me everywhere .” agen judi bola judibolaterbaik.co

• Several clubs have raided non-league in search of goalscoring rough diamonds since the transfer window reopened. Josh March has joined Forest Green Rovers from Leamington Town after scoring 24 goals in 27 games, becoming the second striker to swap the National League North for the league in six months after Colby Bishop joined Accrington in July. Meanwhile, Muhammadu Faal has signed for Bolton from the Isthmian Premier League side Enfield Town, for whom he has scored 27 goals in 30 games this season. Also, 21-year-old Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has joined Portsmouth from Bromley.

• Birmingham could face a second points deduction in two seasons after being charged with breaching financial rules by the EFL. The Championship club said the charge relates to a breach of a business plan imposed by the league last March, once they were deducted nine points for breaking profitability and sustainability rules. “The club denies the charge and that we await the result of ongoing disciplinary proceedings,” read a Birmingham statement. Meanwhile, the choice to suspend Bolton’s five-point deduction regarding unfulfilled fixtures has been upheld by an arbitration panel following a failed appeal by the EFL, who said they’re “disappointed with the verdict”.

• Ben Garner has made his second signing since being appointed Bristol Rovers manager, with the 21-year-old midfielder Josh Barrett coming back from Reading after the Derby winger Jayden Mitchell-Lawson joined on loan on Monday. Garner, who worked as a first-team coach at Crystal Palace and West Brom and was last assistant to Steve Coppell at the Indian Super League club ATK, has not won any of his opening four matches. Rovers, who are eighth united One, host Doncaster on Saturday.