Holloway hits back over row

Ian Holloway has lifted the lid on the explosive touchline row with Glenn Roeder, claiming the Canaries manager was “bang out of order”. Roeder, his assistant Lee Clark and Leicester boss Holloway were involved in angry exchanges late in the first half of last weekend's goalless draw at Carrow Road as tempers on the pitch threatened to boil over.

Ian Holloway has lifted the lid on the explosive touchline row with Glenn Roeder, claiming the Canaries manager was "bang out of order".

Roeder, his assistant Lee Clark and Leicester boss Holloway were involved in angry exchanges late in the first half of last weekend's goalless draw at Carrow Road as tempers on the pitch threatened to boil over.

Canaries midfielder Darel Russell and visiting keeper Ben Alnwick were both booked after a goalmouth incident, which sparked a goalmouth melee, and then the two management teams joined in.

Neither manager made much of the incident after the game, but Holloway, in his weekly column for the BBC, revealed just how far it had gone.


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"He was bang out of order," said Holloway. "He came down out of the stand and swore at me and said, 'stop trying to get people sent off you ... something or other'.

"I wasn't (trying to get anyone sent off). My goalie, Ben Alnwick, had got two-footed by Darel Russell, reacted unprofessionally and dived on the bloke, which he had no reason to do. And then this melee happened.

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"Clarky (Lee Clark), who I know really well, was saying my goalie should be sent off - so he was trying to get someone red carded - and he had a laugh about it with me.

"Then his manager came running down after another two-footed tackle by Darel Russell, who is sometimes a bit over-competitive - although I love that in people. He really wants to win and I haven't got a problem with that.

"I just pointed out to the referee that it was another two-footed tackle but I didn't try to get him sent off. I was complaining about the tackle on my goalie.

"So Glenn came down shouting at me and he was bang out of order. He did it for effect, he did it to affect the fans around him, and I more than told him so.

"I said, 'who the hell do you think you are?' after the game. But never mind. Good luck to him and good luck to his team. They clawed their way back from five points adrift at the bottom of the table, so well done to them."

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