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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Cerny Wins (Shares) Golden Glove...Holloway New Blackpool Manager...Ex-QPR Defender Turns Sixty...Helping Charity

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- The leading scorers and shot-stoppers from all three divisions of The Football League are to receive PUMA Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards to mark their respective achievements in all competitions this season.
- The winner of the Golden Boot for the Championship, for the second consecutive season, is Wolverhampton Wanderers' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. The Championship's 'Player of the Season' has notched 25 goals to see off the challenge of Swansea City's Jason Scotland (24) and Cardiff City's Ross McCormack (23).
- The Golden Glove award will be shared by Queen's Park Rangers' Radek Cerny and Paddy Kenny of Sheffield United. Both keepers recorded 19 clean sheets from 47 appearances in all competitions.
- In League 1, where 4 players topped the 30 goal mark, Leeds United striker Jermaine Beckford took the Golden Boot honours after hitting the back of the net 34 times. Tranmere Rovers' Welsh international goalkeeper Danny Coyne, recorded 20 clean sheets to secure the division's Golden Glove prize.
- Grant Holt's 28 goals in his first season at Shrewsbury Town helped him win the League 2 Golden Boot by a 5 goal margin. Brentford goalkeeper Ben Hamer, who spent the season on loan at Griffin Park from Reading, kept 20 clean sheets to help secure the League 2 title for the Bees and the Golden Glove Award for himself.
- In announcing the PUMA Golden Boot and Golden Glove Award winners, Lord Mawhinney, Chairman of The Football League, said:
- "These awards give us the opportunity to recognise the goalscorers and goalkeepers who have made a very special contribution to their team's efforts this season. Each of these players has had an outstanding season and they all fully deserve this recognition."
- Roger Harrison, Marketing Director at PUMA UK, added:
- "Strikers and goalkeepers can often win a match for their team with a last minute goal or breathtaking save. These new accolades give us an opportunity to reward players of all levels - congratulations to all of the winners."
- Goals and clean sheets in The Coca-Cola Football League, Carling Cup, Johnstone's Paint Trophy and FA Cup sponsored by E.ON have all counted towards the PUMA Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards." Football League

- R's custodian Radek Cerny expressed mixed feelings following the announcement that he is the joint recipient of the Championship's Golden Glove award for the 2008/09 season.
- Awarded to the goalkeeper who keeps the most clean sheets over the course of the campaign, Cerny topped the charts alongside Sheffield United stopper Paddy Kenny.
- The Czech custodian - who penned a two-year deal in W12 last summer - enjoyed a remarkable maiden season at Loftus Road, recording 19 clean sheets from 47 appearances in all competitions.
- However, speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk from Prague, the 35 year-old said: "I'm really pleased to win this award, but I'd much rather have won a medal for going up.
- "Keeping clean sheets is a big part of a goalkeeper's job, but I have never really kept count. I prefer to keep count of the number of wins we register, because that's what governs where you finish in the league at the end of the season.
- "We didn't win enough matches last season and that is something we need to improve next season.
- "However, I really enjoyed my first season with Rangers and I was pleased with my own form."
- Cerny reserved special praise for his team-mates too, commenting: "Defending is a team responsibility - from one to eleven, every player plays their part.
- "Defensively we are a very strong unit. Each player takes their defensive responsibilities very seriously here and that is the key to keeping things tight at the back.
- "We defend as a team and we attack as a team - so this is very much a team award."

Pool Appoint Holloway As Boss - The Seasiders Official website can confirm that Ian Holloway has become the new manager of Blackpool FC after signing a one-year deal with an year-option for a second year on Thursday morning.
- Holloway, 46, becomes the 21st post war manager at Bloomfield Road having impressed Pool's board of directors during the interview process, the former Bristol Rovers, QPR and Plymouth boss takes over with immediate effect.
Pool Chairman Karl Oyston said, " We are delighted to be able to welcome a manager of Ian's calibre to Bloomfield Road.
- He is a very professional and thorough person who ticked all the boxes and who has an excellent track record, and he is hungry to take the club forward." Blackpool

- Also: Blackpool's Holloway Profile

Blackpool Gazette Steve Canavan - Holloway is new Blackpool boss
- BLACKPOOL FC will unveil Ian Holloway as their next manager today.
And the new man is vowing to take the Seasiders up the Championship.
- Out of work for the last 12 months since parting company with Leicester City, 46-year-old Holloway was set to be confirmed at a press conference at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.
- The Gazette understands a last-minute candidate was interviewed for the job left vacant after Tony Parkes quit.
- But the mystery man was discounted yesterday, leaving the Seasiders with a straight choice between their top two men – Holloway and Alan Knill.
- Knill led Bury to the League Two play-offs this season and impressed chairman Karl Oyston.
- But Holloway gave the best interview and it was an added advantage he is out of work. That means there is no compensation to pay.
- Steve Thompson, who missed out on the manager's job, will be Holloway's number two." Blackpool Gazette

Blackpool Gazette/Steve Canavan Ollie to shed 'small club' tag
New Blackpool boss Ian Holloway
- IAN Holloway will vow to shed the Seasiders' 'little club' image when he is confirmed as Pool boss this afternoon.
- The 46-year-old will return to management almost 12 months to the day after his departure from relegated Leicester City and will become Pool's 21st post-war manager.
- Steve Thompson, who was also on the shortlist for the post, is set to be Holloway's no.2.
- Of the six interviewed candidates – the others were Cambridge's Gary Brabin, Andy Ritchie, an unidentified late applicant and Bury's Alan Knill, who would have been chairman Karl Oyston's second choice – Holloway has by far the greatest experience of football at Championship level.
- Holloway will certainly enliven Bloomfield Road – he's almost as famous for his one-liners as his managerial skills.
- Holloway will take over his fifth League club in a 13-year-managerial career.
- Ten of those years have been spent at Championship level and have included two relegations (there was also a promotion from the third tier).
- His 18 seasons as a professional player on the right of midfield began in 1981 and included three stints with hometown club Bristol Rovers.
- He clocked up around 650 career games, taking in spells at Wimbledon, Brentford, Torquay (loan) and Queens Park Rangers, with whom he spent five seasons in the top flight (1991-96).
- He then cut his managerial teeth over five seasons back at Bristol Rovers, the first three of them as player-boss, during which time he stretched his appearance total for the club beyond 400.
- Those five seasons, all spent in the second tier, were highlighted by a play-off appearance in 1997-98, when the Pirates finished fifth but lost to Northampton in the semi-finals.
- After steering Rovers to seventh in 1999-2000, Holloway moved on to another of his former clubs, QPR, in February 2001 but could not save them from relegation to the third tier. It took them three seasons to bounce back, finishing runners-up to Plymouth in 2003/4.
- During his second Championship season at Loftus Road Holloway was suspended over his persistent links with Leicester City. He left in the summer of 2006, not for the Walkers Stadium but for Championship rivals Plymouth.
- In his only full season in charge at Home Park (2006-7), Argyle achieved their best finish for 20 years (11th) and reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, losing to Premiership club Watford.
- Holloway's long-rumoured move to Leicester finally came to fruition in November 2007 but proved the unhappiest spell of his managerial career.
- Winning just nine of his 32 games in charge, Holloway's Foxes were relegated to the third tier for the first time ever, resulting in the manager's departure by mutual consent almost exactly 12 months ago.
- During his year out the ever-quotable Holloway has been in constant demand for media work.
- He also finds time to campaign on deaf issues – three of his four children were born deaf.
- For full coverage of the press conference, visit www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk later today and pick up a copy of Friday's Gazette. Blackpool Gazette

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