A victory dance by charismatic Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway, after his side’s celebrated away win at Brighton on Monday night that put his team in the Championship Wembley play-off final, has become a YouTube and global media sensation.
In his trademark dark coat Holloway is seen to do a jig with moves generating intense debate in the world of classical and popular dance as well as drawing the observation from a national newspaper that his performance may rival that of Ricky Gervais’s legendary character David Brent from The Office.
The apparent mobile phone digital video is credited to one of the Eagles’ stars who secured the impressive 2 nil victory in the semi-final second leg. Holloway’s celebrations can be seen to leave the Palace players in fits of laughter.
A version uploaded by “DaleTheHorse” had attracted 59,339 viewings by 6.45 am May 15. It would appear the performance, to use the language of the Internet age of social media “has gone viral.”
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Holloway is a manager highly respected in his profession not simply for being a “colourful character.”
When he leads the Palace players out onto the Wembley pitch before an expected 30,000 plus of the club’s supporters on Monday May 27, this will be his third Championship play-off final in only four years.
Holloway is valued as a manager who inspires “better than the best” from his players and in clubs regarded as being at “the budget” end of soccer hierarchy.
His eccentric musings in pre and post-match conferences have turned him into a legend.
His rivals also know that a manager who can divert media heat and unwanted attention from players under pressure deploys a shrewd advantage as well as building fan loyalty and affection.
Tribute to “Ollie” Ian Holloway – 334,245 viewings on YouTube.