Ex-Crystal Palace & QPR boss Ian Holloway would be brilliant for Kilmarnock, insists former Blackpool midfielder Stephen Husband


STEPHEN HUSBAND insists Ian Holloway would be brilliant for Scottish football if he landed the Kilmarnock job – because of his football brain and his sense of humour.

Husband left Hearts to join Holloway’s Blackpool in 2010 and was a team-mate of fellow Scots Barry Ferguson, Charlie Adam, Stephen Crainey, Matt Gilks and Stephen Dobbie during his time with the Seasiders.

The midfielder, now playing under Ferguson at Kelty Hearts in the Lowland League, knew all about Holloway’s reputation for funny quips and off-the-wall interviews before he held signing talks.

But the 28-year-old, who spent two and a half years at Bloomfield Road before joining Dunfermline, insists there is plenty more to his old manager than witty one-liners and off-the-field entertainment.

He said: “Everyone knows he’s a funny guy but he’s a really hard worker and he has a knack of getting the best out of his teams.

“If he was to get the Kilmarnock job, he would have them organised.


“Steve Clarke coming up from England and showing what he can do and going on to other things now, it’s great for Scottish football to get a good manager like Ian Holloway interested in the job.

“As well as the jokes, it was serious first with him, and definitely when I played with him he always got the best out of his players. It can only be a good thing for Kilmarnock.

“He signed me. I had seen a lot of funny clips with him before I went down but it was very much business when I got there and it was everything that I wanted to hear, and that’s why I made the move.

“Obviously he’s well known for his jokes and stuff but, more so, for the success he’s had at lots of different clubs. It will be business first and then the jokes along the way.

“I think it would be brilliant for Scottish football if he was to come up here.”

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