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James Hollman

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Norwich Career: 2002-2007 (Goalkeeping Coach)
Current Club: Motherwell (Goalkeeping Coach)
Date of Birth: 22/03/1978
Nationality: English


Norwich City's goalkeeping coach James Hollman replaced Malcolm Webster and Perry Suckling in this role. James began his footballing career down the road at Ipswich Town and was their goalkeeping coach. Sammy Morgan apporached him to coach Norwich's Academy's keepers and this led to his appointment as full time goalkeeping coach during the 2001/02 season

A regular in Ipswich's reserves and even on the bench for first team matches, James joined Kings Lynn on leaving Portman Road. He then moved to Chelmsford City. Dropping into the Jewson Eastern League, he played for Diss before joining Ipswich Wanderers at the end of the 1997/98 season.

Hollman wa forced to play for City's reserves in their 5-3 win over Northampton's second string on 19th November 2007 after an injury crisis hit the City goalkeepers. Second choice Matthew Gilks has suffered the same ankle ligament injury which left first choice David Marshall sidelined for the final four months of last season when he was on loan from Celtic. The natural third choice goalkeeper would be Joe Lewis, but his loan deal with League Two newcomers Morecambe - sanctioned during the previous managerial regime of Peter Grant - was window-to-window and does not allow him to return to Carrow Road until January 1. Paul Gallacher, who is on loan at Dunfermline, is another who cannot be recalled until the New Year - although it would appear he has settled for a move away from Norwich,

That means 18-year-old Steve Arnold will be on the bench for the visit of Coventry City and so was ruled out of last night's reserve team game against Northampton at Carrow Road as a precaution - but it left City in the embarrassing situation of having to play goalkeeping coach Hollman. England Under-17s keeper Declan Rudd, from Diss, is currently sidelined with a knee ligament while the highly-promising 15-year-old Jed Steer - who has followed in the footsteps of Robert Green, Lewis and Rudd in being called up by England's Under-16 squad - is too young to play.

Hollman was missing from Norwich's games over the Christmas 2007 break with Bryan Gunn warming up the club's goalkeepers Rumours swept various messgae boards as to Hollman's whereabouts - a situation that wasn't clarified when the club announced Hollman's departure but did not state the reasons why.

In July 2008, James confirmed that he had been interviewed by his former club Ipswich about the vacant goalkeeping coach's position. Malcolm Webster is aso believed to be in the running to replace Andy Rhodes. James was successful in his application and was appointed to the role in early July 2008. Town boss Jim Magilton said: “James is young and hungry for success. He has impressed me with his attitude and ideas and comes highly recommended by people he has worked with already at this club.”

Dismissed by Ipswich in May 2011, he joined Malky Mackay's Cardiff City in a coaching role in July 2011. He was replaced at Ipswich by Malcolm Webster

Hollman won the Championship title with Cardiff when they drew with Burnley on 20th April 2013. They secured promotion to the Premier League on 16th April 2013when they drew with Charlton. That result took Cardiff back to the top flight after a 51 year absence.

He left Cardiff in early January 2014 following Malky Mackay's sacking and the appointment of Ole Gunner Solskjaer as Cardiff manager, who brought in Richard Hartis as goalkeeping coach.

He joined Motherwell as goalkeeping coach on 7th July 2015, replacing Gordon Marshall who had moved to Aberdeen.


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