Ian Holloway said he is “proud” of what he achieved at Crystal Palace, after leaving the club by mutual consent today.
The outgoing gaffer took over from Dougie Freedman in November last year, leading Palace into the play-offs and consequently, the Barclays Premier League. But after a run of one win from the club’s first eight league games, Holloway and chairman Steve Parish decided to part ways.
Speaking at a press conference to announce his departure this afternoon, Holloway, 50, said: “The chance to work with Crystal Palace was so exciting for me and still is. But you’ve got to look at what I wanted to do and we’ve almost had too much success to try and carry on that way. You need to be able to shut up shop in this division.
“With the changes in the squad we have lost some of the spirit we had form last season that got us up. Maybe we changed too much too quickly.
“I didn’t value enough the spirit of the group that helped us get here. I brought players in because I had to give them the chance to stay in this division but I lost that spirit. I owe it to the lads to admit that.
“I’m not saying my signings aren’t good enough. But my new signings need to buy into the club like last year’s bunch did. And hopefully the new man can do that.
“Now with me out the way, all this will stop and the new man will have a chance to start again.
“But I believe the club is in a fantastic position. I’m very proud of the work I’ve done here with Steve.
“If someone does want a chance at a Premier league club, a fresh start with a good group, they should really believe in this project, because it doesn’t need much.”
Holloway stressed that the decision for him to leave SE25 was made by mutual consent, after holding talks with the club’s owners.
He added: “I’d rather call a meeting to show some solidarity because most of what has been in the press is absolute nonsense.
“The four owners are totally unique they are supporters of the club. They put their own money in and saved it.
“We’ve had a grown up discussion about how we feel and we both still care immensely about Palace. Hopefully this can all be put to bed now so that Palace can get on with what they’ve got to try and do, which is climb a mountain.”