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Grimsby next manager after Ian Holloway

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Who is Grimsby’s manager?

Truly one of the great characters of the game, Ian Holloway has been appointed as manager of League Two strugglers Grimsby Town. The appointment is widely regarded as a major coup for Grimsby - Holloway is one of the most famous managers in the English game and has managed in the Premier League as recently as 2013.

Before becoming the manager, he is today, Holloway had a career as a player which lasted almost two decades from 1980 to 1999. In this period, he played for five clubs, including three separate spells with Bristol Rovers, the club where he began his footballing education and indeed his managerial career. From 1980 to 1985, Holloway - an attacking midfielder - scored 14 goals in 111 appearances for the Rovers before moving onto Wimbledon. There he spent a single season before moving to London with Brentford in what would transpire to be a poor move for both parties. Following a loan spell with Torquay, Holloway returned to his spiritual home of Bristol Rovers where he would play a further 179 times in the league, scoring 26 goals in arguably the best spell in his career.

In 1991, Holloway, fresh from winning the Football League Third Division with Bristol Rovers, moved to Queens Park Rangers, the club where he would eventually return as manager. There he made another 147 league appearances before returning for a third and final time to Bristol where he would hang up his boots after three last seasons.

In management, Holloway remained at Bristol Rovers. Taking charge of them for five years from 1996-2001. After impressing, he moved on to his old stomping ground of Loftus Road with QPR. Again, he would spend five years, during which he saw the Rs promoted to the 1st Division. He would have to wait another six years before he would see the same success again - it came with Blackpool in the 2009-10 seasons when Holloway lead them to the Premier League against all odds.

Since then, Holloway's managerial career has been on the slide, bar a brief renaissance at the helm of Crystal Palace in 2013. He will be hoping to resurrect his career with Grimsby but will have to do extraordinarily well if he is to enjoy the same success he has had with others with them.