Excited Holloway wants more

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway can't wait to feel the "buzz" of the Premier League again - but insists he needs further experienced recruits.

Last Updated: 15/08/13 at 17:03 Post Comment

Ian Holloway: Hopes for further recruits

Ian Holloway: Hopes for further recruits

Holloway has signed seven players so far this summer but after losing out on experienced striker Darren Bent to Fulham, he is determined to add further top-flight nous.

"Someone said to me in the supermarket the other day, 'Please sign some players' and my wife said, 'If you knew how hard he was trying!'" Holloway told Sky Sports News at the Premier League new season launch.

"We'll get people who want to come for the right reasons. I thought that was going to be Darren but unfortunately it isn't.

"I believe I need some extra experience. I've only got two players who've tasted the Premier League before so the others I've got to love them, care for them and give them a chance."

Holloway is relishing a return to the Premier League, having seen his Blackpool side relinquish their prime status after just one season, but is braced for an even sterner test this time around.

"It's exciting, exhilarating; the energy of the division, how many people are there, the buzz around the grounds," he added.

"My experience will help but I think it's even tougher than before with the quality the teams have added. The dynamics of this division have changed so much, with (Manuel) Pellegrini coming in, Sir Alex (Ferguson) retiring, Jose (Mourinho) back.

"We're expecting ups and downs. We're not expecting to win the division; we have to try and finish top of a very small group at the bottom."

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