Former Crystal Palace and Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has declared his interest in the Kilmarnock job. The Killie board may want to make sure Holloway’s interest doesn’t fall on deaf ears.
Speaking to the Scottish Sun, the Englishman said: “I would be very interested in the Kilmarnock job. I’m looking to get back into the game and Scottish football is appealing for any manager. Steve Clarke did a great job there and it’s a really good club.”
He’s been out of work for 12 months following his departure from QPR. Despite that, The 56-year-old would be a decent and interesting appointment at Rugby Park.
Holloway is somewhat similar to Clarke
Is the ex-Palace man as good a manager as Steve Clarke? Probably not, but that’s not to say he’s not a good one. Holloway is a very good manager who some would say plays football the right way.
His style is aggressive and attacking, with the Englishman not one for letting his side sit back and defend.
Holloway is also brilliant at getting the best out of average players. His work at Blackpool seen the Seasiders soar to the Premier League with Charlie Adam as their best player. That’s quite an incredible feat, all the while he played positive and attractive football.
He’s charismatic and would be a brilliant character to have around the club. If he is desperate to get the job, you can expect his renowned enthusiasm for football to shine through and help develop this Killie side.
No one is going to be able to fully emulate Clarke, but Holloway would be a decent replacement. He’s a good man manager who will make Kilmarnock an attractive team to watch if he gets off on the right track.
The Rugby Park side would be assured a decent manager if they appointed Holloway.