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Holloway arrives at the Palace

November 3 2012

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Crystal Palace have confirmed that Ian Holloway has signed a four and a half year contract to become their new manager.

The former Blackpool boss has opted to bring in Keith Millen as his assistant manager.

Millen was previously the head of Coaching and Development at the Seasiders.

Holloway told the official Palace website: "This is a fantastic opportunity for myself and a fresh start.

"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."

Co-Chairman Steve Parish was delighted at capturing the former QPR boss' signature: "The board and staff of Crystal Palace are delighted to welcome Ian to south London.

"He's a manager I have long admired and one I believe will bring something fresh and new to our club.

"I am sure the supporters will be as excited about this appointment as I am and will get fully behind him."

Blackpool Chairman Karl Oyston was sorry to see him leave: "We understand the reasons behind Ian's decision to leave and he departs with our best wishes.

"I'd like to place on record my thanks to Ian for all he has achieved at Bloomfield Road, he's played a massive part in our recent success and will go down in history as one of our most successful managers.

"The process of finding a replacement for Ian has now started and we'd like to make an appointment as soon as possible."

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