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Crystal Palace confirm Ian Holloway arrival

Palace confirm Holloway arrival
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Crystal Palace confirm that Ian Holloway has left Blackpool to become the club's new manager.

Ian Holloway has become Crystal Palace's new manager, the club confirmed this morning.

Holloway, 49, leaves Blackpool to join the Eagles on a four-and-a-half-year deal, with Keith Millen also joining as assistant manager.

"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," Holloway told Palace's website.

"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."

The departure of Holloway and Millen leaves Steve Thompson to take charge of today's trip to Derby County.

Holloway's switch to South London means that six managerial changes have been made in the Championship this season.

Palace had been without a boss since Dougie Freedman left to take the vacant Bolton Wanderers post.

After a lightning start to the season, Blackpool have plummeted out of the playoff places while Palace are on form and sit fourth.

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