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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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e have the personnel. The trick is keeping them fit. Carrick and Blind have missed large chunks of the season, while the defence has been one muddled mess of intermittent stooges, all coming and going at various intervals thus far. We may be just short of title winning quality, but we're half way through. An injury crisis to either of the top two could change things. Optimistic, yes, but not unrealistic.

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arish is the man to blame for this shambles. Pulis must be chuckling into his left over turkey sandwich. I pray this doesn't mean the Neil Warnock media machine will kick in now and he'll be back on the telly box.

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e almost found a new way to lose, just when I thought it was getting boring Giroud does that. Although Arsenal are deservedly called 'soft' the entire midfield is out injured. Still must admit MU are managing to win despite a similar raft of absentees. Think the Gunners have good players but poorly coached.

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