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Wind up Ian Holloway and off he goes. Don't wind him up and he's impossible to contain anyway.

Before he has even sat down, before his coffee is placed before him, before a word is put in edgeways, he's already holding court. Nothing is off the table.

Brexit? 'MPs… just do your job'. VAR. 'Where you've got it, use it'. Spygate? 'Cheating'.

Ian Holloway is animated and chatty from the moment he sits down to speak — and before

Ian Holloway is animated and chatty from the moment he sits down to speak — and before

The former QPR, Blackpool and Bristol Rovers manager sat down to speak with Sportsmail

Holloway covered a range of issues during his discussion, including Spygate and VAR

Holloway covered a range of issues during his discussion, including Spygate and VAR

Holloway has always been a talker. The soundbites have made that clear. Add in the authority that comes with 22 years in management and the Groucho Club in Soho is treated to a full sermon in Holloway-ism.

Take Spygate as an example. The former Blackpool boss is a huge fan of Marcelo Bielsa, to the extent that he told a Leeds fan at his local pub that they would be going up this year. He was happy to start a role as a Quest EFL expert pundit this season in part because of the Argentinian's arrival.

But Bielsa's decision to send an intern to watch training at various clubs rankles.

'I didn't like that, he didn't need to cheat to win. It's cheating,' he tells Sportsmail. 'You know about set plays. It's alright knowing football but if you know someone's set plays… why would you even think of doing that?

He is a fan of Marcelo Bielsa but felt his decision to spy on opposition training was 'cheating'

He is a fan of Marcelo Bielsa but felt his decision to spy on opposition training was 'cheating' 

Holloway speaking to Sportsmail's Amitai Winehouse during an interview in Soho

Holloway speaking to Sportsmail's Amitai Winehouse during an interview in Soho

'You might do that in your own country but this is England mate. We queue up for things. Don't push in. It's all manners isn't it. Don't cheat, you're too good to cheat.

'If someone's looking through your keyhole it ain't right is it? You don't get your neighbour jumping over your back fence and peeking in if you're going to take them on at a game of bowls.'

That sense of fairness pervades everything he talks about. VAR could be brilliant, as far as he's concerned, because it will avoid situations like Thierry Henry's handball against the Republic of Ireland in 2009 – 'A whole nation cheated by Henry. I still don't like Henry as much as I used to'.

Yet he found the use of it in the recent FA Cup fixtures – epitomised by Manchester City beating Swansea on the back of two contestable goals because it was only available at Premier League grounds – absurd: 'If you look at this season, how can you have FA Cup games where there is some with it and there isn't some with it?

He was not happy to see VAR absent when Manchester City beat Swansea in the FA Cup

He was not happy to see VAR absent when Manchester City beat Swansea in the FA Cup

'Swansea could have done it – they had the system in place! Where you've got it, use it. We might have seen a miracle of a result, because Swansea played unbelievably.'

And, more than anything, Holloway is riled by the situation around Brexit. Sportsmail spoke to him on the day of Theresa May's announcement she would resign as prime minister if her deal passes.

While he would not say whether he voted leave or remain in the referendum, he was furious about the political deadlock: 'The MPs are paid to do what we voted for. Whether we were right or wrong their job is to finish the job and get us out.

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