Despite spending much of his managerial and playing career in the lower leagues of English football, Ian Holloway has developed a country-wide reputation for his witty quips, acerbic reactions and down-to-earth personality.

The 49-year-old Bristol native made more than 700 appearances as a player before turning his mind to coaching, taking the reins at Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle and Leicester City.

Currently in charge of seaside outfit Blackpool, whom he led to the Premier League in 2010/11 and won plaudits for their buccaneering and carefree style of football, the man nicknamed “Ollie” remains a character you cannot take your eyes off. Join for a selection of his finest quotes.

"I don’t see the problem with footballers taking their shirts off after scoring a goal? They enjoy it and the young ladies enjoy it too. I suppose that's one of the main reasons women come to football games, to see the young men take their shirts off. Of course they’d have to go and watch another game because my lads are as ugly as sin."
On the rule restricting footballers from removing their shirts during a match
"Hasney’s bust his hooter. He can smell round corners now."
On an injury sustained by central defender Hasney Aljofree
"We need a big, ugly defender. If we had one of them we’d have dealt with County’s first goal by taking out the ball, the player and the first three rows of seats in the stands."
After a defeat against Notts County
"Apparently it’s my fault that the Titanic sank."
On criticism from Plymouth Argyle fans during their match with Leicester City
"It’s all very well having a great pianist playing but it’s no good if you haven’t got anyone to get the piano on the stage in the first place, otherwise the pianist would be standing there with no piano to play."
After being criticised for using defensive players in midfield
"Paul Furlong is my vintage Rolls Royce and he cost me nothing. We polish him, look after him, and I have him fine tuned by my mechanics. We take good care of him because we have to drive him every day, not just save him for weddings."
On veteran striker Paul Furlong
"If he’s only worth £4million, then I’m a Scotsman called McTavish."
On bids received for captain Charlie Adam at Blackpool
"Have you ever seen The Incredibles? They have a kid and he’s just so quick, like ‘WOOSH’ and he’s gone, and they call him ‘Dash’."
On Scott Sinclair, then on loan at Argyle

"When my wife saw Marc for the first time, she said he was a fine specimen of a man. She says I have nothing to worry about, but I think she wants me to buy her a QPR shirt with his name on the back for Christmas."
On Marc Nygaard
"It’s like the film Men in Black. I walk around in a black suit, white shirt and black tie where I’ve had to flash my white light every now and again to erase some memories, but I feel we’ve got hold of the galaxy now. It’s in our hands."
On QPR’s financial situation
"Every dog has its day, and today is woof day! Today I just want to bark!"
After securing promotion to the Championship
"I am a football manager. I can’t see into the future. Last year I thought I was going to Cornwall on my holidays but I ended up going to Lyme Regis."
Asked whether QPR would be able to beat Manchester City
"It was lucky that the linesman wasn’t stood in front of me as I would have poked him with a stick to make sure he was awake."
Stating his opinion about the linesman’s performance in a game against Bristol City
"Dream on! If they want to insult me by only offering £3.5million and then get it all over the paper and try to upset me well, sorry, they’re barking up the wrong tree, they’re messing with the wrong dog and I’ll come and bite them."
More on bids received for Adam

"I love Blackpool. We're very similar. We both look better in the dark."
On his time with the Tangerines

"I'd rather do that than build chicken sheds no-one wanted!"
On Blackpool making the Championship play-off final in 2010, having spent a year out of football making hen houses

"No, I'm fully fit, thank you."
Quick wit after being asked by a reporter about injury concerns

"If you’re a burglar, it’s no good waiting about outside somebody’s house, looking good with your swag bag ready. Just get in there, burgle them and come out. I don’t advocate that obviously, it’s just an analogy."
On scraping a win