Holloway makes Eagles switch

Crystal Palace have secured Blackpool’s Ian Holloway as their new manager on a four-and-a-half-year deal, it has been confirmed (Crystal Palace 6/4, draw 11/5, Blackburn 15/8 – match betting).

The Eagles were forced to seek a new man after Bolton persuaded Dougie Freedman to swap Selhurst Park for the Reebok following Owen Coyle’s departure from the Trotters’ hot seat.

Holloway says he was unable to turn down Palace’s offer and leaves the Seasiders with a heavy heart having guided them into the Premier League for the 2010-11 season.

Last term Blackpool made the Championship play-off final after being relegated although they lost out to West Ham.

Holloway told Palace’s website: “It is sad to leave Blackpool as my time there was the best trip I have been on and leave very proud of what was achieved and I would like to wish them all the best. I just see this as too good an opportunity to turn down.

“I got great energy when I met the club’s owners and just can’t wait to get going.

“I am bringing in Keith Millen as my assistant who is a Croydon boy and he is as excited as I am about the opportunity.”

Holloway leaves Blackpool in mid-table in the Championship while he joins a Palace outfit who are four points off the top going into this weekend’s home clash with Blackburn (Crystal Palace 20/1 – Championship outright).

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