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Millwall manager receives budget assurances from chairman

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© Edmund Boyden

STEVE Lomas insists Millwall chairman John Berylson has assured him of his full financial backing in the transfer market this summer.

The new Lions manager officially started work on Monday and will waste little time in strengthening his squad – despite publicly stating that he will not rush into any deals.

And the former St Johnstone boss says Berylson has offered him his full support. He said: "I understand there is a budget here but the chairman has assured me he will do all he can to get the players that I need.

"The chairman and Andy Ambler have said to me: 'Tell me what you need.' My phone has been red hot and we are working away.

"But if you look at the wide spectrum of budgets in the Championship, you can say money doesn't always get the right rewards.

"And we have some good players here and it is now a clean slate for the future. The players here have an opportunity to prove to me that they want to be part of it now."

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24 thoughts on “Millwall manager receives budget assurances from chairman

  • June 18, 2013 at 00:08
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    Sounds good. 100% comitment and work rate is what the fans need, no more
    strolling around like you don't want it need some pride back. Bomber coming back would be a good motivater

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  • June 18, 2013 at 00:26
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    Budgets there go get our strikers Lomas and the attack minded player you was talking about give us back our fortress. COYL

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  • June 18, 2013 at 06:51
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    Lets hope j b sticks to his word n we get afew new faces in who wanna play for the play wall n not just swan around taking the money ... hope sl is something like paolo di canio n wont take no s*** from players n sticks one on them if need be 🙂

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  • June 18, 2013 at 08:49
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    Here we go Steve Lomas has started work as Millwall Manager,there seem a lot of rhetoric coming from the board and I would expect nothing more as both the board and Steve would not want to show there hand, but there is really nothing to report to us at the moment even about his management team as of yet.
    I am sure that he has a shopping list and I presume that both JB & AA are aware of who he would like to bring in, I really hope he stands his corner about the people he wants, as this will show both us and the players that he will be no push over.
    Then all he needs to do when they start playing is getting the right results, so we can start to forget the second half of the last season, I am also sure that he will start to move a few players on so at least that can free up monies for wages for hopefully the better players he intends to bring in, good luck Steve.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 09:24
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    Good news without giving away too much
    Lets hope he gets his targets with the budget he's been given.
    Good luck stevie boy

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  • June 18, 2013 at 10:35
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    He's only been in the job 2 minutes and we have a heading of 'Millwall manager receives budget assurances from chairman' ? No difference here from the last manager who JB said he would back. Just get on and show us your different from KJ Lomas and sign some players of note then perhaps you will win the fans over even more, its all talk again right now

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  • June 18, 2013 at 11:03
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    SL needs a good scouting staff, something the club has not had since the days of Derek Healy and Bob Pearson. He probably has many contacts though but the future of the club is through a good strong youth policy. Too many local youngster have slipped through the net in the past, Rio Ferdinand for one. It also makes financial sense to bring on your own players. It is also good for them to learn and develope their skills at a club like Millwall. Sheringham, Reid, Coleman, Rhino and many more owe their careers to Milwall youth development.

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    • June 18, 2013 at 11:17
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      Peckhamlad, Yes you're right. Our youth poilcy leaves a lot to be desired. Bob Pearson always had the ability to unearth real talent. Since those days, very few of our youth have made it into the senior squad. We have made money by selling a couple over the last few years but they have disappeared without trace so obviously weren't up to standard in the first place. Lomas seems like a breath of fresh air at the moment but he can't wave a magic wand over everything that's not up to par. As revealed by the board recently, they're going to look into upgrading our scouting network which is a very positive step. Millwall, on paper, offer the opportunity for these players to progress far quicker with us than if with the Premiership clubs in the London area. If we can get our scouting network to be more proactive, backed up with quality coaching, we'll do very well and that is the route to go.
      @Peckhamlad:

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  • June 18, 2013 at 11:43
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    We have 18 players under contract. We are not going to go into a campaign with a squad that small, so no matter what Lomas says about giving players a chance (which is just a sensible statement for a new manager to make), there will be at least four signings and possibly six if we don't see him promote a couple of home products to the squad.

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    • June 18, 2013 at 12:33
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      junkmale, you're not including the dead wood in that equation. If he gets rid of who he should do then they'll be a mixture of incoming permanent signings reflecting the good budget we apparently have available with some incoming loans from Premiership clubs. The key IMO is the first permanent signing, which will set the benchmark and if it's a solid signing then getting others here will be that much easier.
      @junkmale:

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  • June 18, 2013 at 13:06
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    The key is that the sum total (of ability + attitude) brought in is greater than that going out. It would be a huge bonus if a profit was made too.

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    • June 18, 2013 at 17:11
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      Like N'Guessan you mean ?
      @fatcat:

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  • June 18, 2013 at 13:14
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    Loan players are not the way forward, only in a crisis. Millwall had too many on loan last season, one or two yes but the club has to build a good permanent squad with players who are not always on the treatment table. That is another problem why is it a number of key players at the club suffer injuries in training and pre season? How comes the majority of players at Premier clubs such as Man U or Arsenal seem to get through a season without injury? I hope SL signs two or three players quickly, it will shake up the team and sow confidence in SL's plans.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 15:58
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    Anyone know what compensation we got for Connor Wilkinson?

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    • June 18, 2013 at 16:11
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      @junkmale: nothing he was not in contract

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  • June 18, 2013 at 16:13
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    I thought we were due compensation as there is a rule that if you sign up a youth player you have to pay compensation

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    • June 18, 2013 at 18:15
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      @junkmale: yep your right but does it apply if his contract run out? I'm sure the tribunal will be in early July and they have to take into account that its Bolton who took him as they have a prem budget and a prem set up so I would imagine or more hope, the club will push for 150-200k.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 19:11
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    "I understand there is a budget here"
    Didn't he know that already? Thought he would have been told that at interview stage.
    Hope I'm not reading too much into it. We don't have many real quality championship players on our books so purse strings will have to be loosened or relegation beckons.
    COYL

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  • June 18, 2013 at 19:15
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    Is it worth trying to have a word with Cahill? I would love that boy back if only to use his attitude and passion for Millwall and the game in general as an example to others. God knows what he earns at NYRB? His pic in the background got me all nostalic.

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  • June 18, 2013 at 22:06
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    Are we talking dough or Millwall dough!.......300k

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  • June 19, 2013 at 08:41
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    In the background ... Brian Horne, Tony Cascarino and Tim Cahill - legends!

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  • June 22, 2013 at 16:41
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    COYL

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  • June 22, 2013 at 16:42
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    COYL......... Big season this one

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