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Lomas confirms appointments to Millwall's backroom team

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STEVE Lomas has appointed Mick Harford as his assistant manager after the 54-year-old turned down the chance to take up a role at Newcastle.

Lomas has named Tim Breacker as his first team coach, whilst Neil Harris will work with the Lions' first team and development squads. Goalkeeping coach Kevin Pressman will continue in his current role after joining the club last summer.

Lomas told the club's official site: "I am delighted that Mick has joined us. He's a vastly experienced coach who I have known for many years now.

"Mick will be a great addition and I'm pleased to have finalised my backroom team."

Harford earlier rejected an offer to work with Newcastle's director of football Joe Kinnear.

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83 thoughts on “Lomas confirms appointments to Millwall's backroom team

  • July 22, 2013 at 15:05
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    Train the team hard lads! It's looking like we going to have a great squad this year and hopefully a great season..COYL!!!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 15:07
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    excellent news may need to reinforce the dug out!! great work SL

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    • July 22, 2013 at 15:30
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      @Strood Lion: Your right there Strood and widen it, but he has done so much in a short space of time could not imagine KJ stripping the club down to the bones and the rebuilding it, it must have needed it in SL opinion.
      Looks like he has made some quality signings and the squad seems to have more depth than before which is pleasing as last term if we had a couple of injuries we seemed to struggle, but although I am excited about the season, they still have to come together as a team on that pitch, lets hope all SL hard work comes furition .

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      • July 22, 2013 at 17:29
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        @Barnlion: barn this is getting better and better MH on SSN SAYING HOW HE TURNED THEM DOWN FOR US!!! THERE IS GONNA BE SOME KICK ASS STUFF GOING ON IN THAT DUG OUT.

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        • July 23, 2013 at 16:11
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          @Strood Lion: Strood mate lets hope so, he has now signed some good players for this div and also created compertition for places which should only bode well for the future, but I am still thinking that it will take a bit of time for him to come up with his best side.
          So if we dont set the world alight by the end of August I hope we all give him some time to settle into his job and trust him to get it right

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  • July 22, 2013 at 15:23
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    Hmmmmm. In two minds here.
    One one hand, he's gone for an interview 30 days after being appointed by Lomas. On the other, he's turned the Newcastle job down to stay with Millwall. Perhaps Lomas offered him the assistant's job to sway his thinking.

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    • July 22, 2013 at 17:31
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      @NICKOLA: Nick just had to find that poxy password, you cant blame him talking to that lot but his loyalty is with us mate if he can do for us what the late Harford done thats good enough for me COYL

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    • July 22, 2013 at 17:50
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      @NICKOLA: he wasn't appointed tho must have been there seeing if he liked what he saw SL has just appointed him and he chose us over the Toon.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 15:46
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    The way i see it is he had a chance to work in the prem but turned it down for Millwall its a good sign things are coming together roll on the new season COYL

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  • July 22, 2013 at 15:50
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    Tony Mowbray's in the Middlesbrough paper this evening: "Scott McDonald's move to Millwall is just about done. The paperwork hasn't been completed but I think it will go through during the next couple of days and Scott's been in to say goodbye to the lads."

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  • July 22, 2013 at 16:15
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    Shows the direction and ambition of the club if he's prepared to turn down Newcastle to stay with us. No complaints at all from me. Well done boys

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  • July 22, 2013 at 16:25
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    Not only does NOLU now they are are going to dread us Bring it on Go S L s army COYL

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  • July 22, 2013 at 16:41
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    Jolly good show!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 17:25
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    All this is just too good to be true! Tell me I am not dreaming 🙂

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    • July 22, 2013 at 22:09
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      You are not dreaming.
      It's real.
      If this carries on I'll be getting that rampant Lion tattoo that I've always promised myself.

      @Peckhamlad:

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      • July 23, 2013 at 14:18
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        @NICKOLA: that's gonna hurt mate

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        • July 23, 2013 at 14:25
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          @bonnie1272: Yeh especially where he wants to put it haha.

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          • July 23, 2013 at 14:32
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            It's going to get bigger the higher we go up the table, that's all I'm saying.

            @Sealion:

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  • July 22, 2013 at 17:32
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    peckham, THINGS HAVENT BEEN THIS GOOD FOR YONKS coyl

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    • July 22, 2013 at 18:32
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      @Strood Lion: I wonder if it was the wine at the weekend? If its this good so far, what other surpises are in store?

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  • July 22, 2013 at 18:24
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    Its unreal at the moment
    Just waiting for it all to go wrong
    Got to be thinking either the board didn't trust kj or he was not capable
    He's not exactly tearing up the transfer market for wolves. 1 signing as far as I can tell

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    • July 22, 2013 at 18:35
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      Jackett rode off into the sunset. There's a new sheriff in town and what a bloody transformation.

      @Reg Burrs Coat Peg:

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  • July 22, 2013 at 18:39
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    slightly off topic, but does anyone else follow Keogh on twitter. He was was Billy Sharp the other day having a bbq. Surely its tempting for him to come sign for us.

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    • July 22, 2013 at 19:11
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      @wolla5: Yes please, always said Billy Sharp for me. Can we take another striker if Mac comes to us. What the hell go for it.

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      • July 22, 2013 at 20:21
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        Now you're getting greedy !!
        We've got Morison back, almost got McDonald and if he plays 442 we've got Keogh, Easter and and apparently a 'new' DNG.
        On top of that, Shorey and Richardson are still in the frame. I recently posted the team that played at Derby on the last game of last season. The defence now and then is similar, but just look at the others in midfield and up front, and on that day there wasn't even a Hulse or Tyson degrading a Millwall shirt.
        @hants lion:

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        • July 22, 2013 at 20:42
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          @NICKOLA: Very true I am getting greedy, I think I am still in shock. The whirlwind continues.

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        • July 22, 2013 at 20:44
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          @NICKOLA: I don't think Richardson is training with us anymore mate

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          • July 22, 2013 at 22:05
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            Haven't heard that but if that's the case then he's either looking for another or he's happy with Dunne, with Jack Smith as back-up.
            Shorey would be a good addition especially with Lowry's discipline record.

            @conor:

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          • July 23, 2013 at 09:21
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            @conor: Thats a pity I liked the sound of him.

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    • July 22, 2013 at 20:43
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      @wolla5: he also went to his wedding , they use to be pals from their Scunthorpe days. Lethal combo.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 18:58
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    This is mental we showing some ambition for a change!

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  • July 22, 2013 at 20:06
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    More Jackett bashing...zzzzzzzzzzzzz Move on lads, he has.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 21:36
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    I got the feeling from his interview on SSN that Harford was still in the discussion stage with SL over the last month and now he's chosen us over Newcastle which has got to be encouraging. On the subject of the Bailey and (possible/probable) McDonald signing, some encouraging comments from Boro fans on the Middlesbrough Gazette website:
    "Mowbray has got his own way getting rid of the one player that gave 100/%. who will he look to to keep us in the championship next year. i will guarantee he will score here with millwall... if it wasn't for McDonald we would have gone down...bet millwall got a bargain, was it buy one get one free, they have got two of our better players..."

    "Scott McDonald was one of the better ones and always put the effort in."

    "not happy with this one, hes our best striker so that leaves us with 2 strikers and not very good ones at that, anyway best of luck to scott at millwall he will come back to haunt us that i can guarantee..."

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/incoming/scott-mcdonald-millwall-deal-just-5168379

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  • July 22, 2013 at 21:40
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    If the team perform as well as Lomas has done so far it should be a blinding season. Looking forward to Robbo's testimonial so we can give them a proper Den welcome.

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  • July 22, 2013 at 22:19
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    Right, I had to get involved in this, if only to stop some of you creaming all over your iphone's (and voidiing the warranty hopefully ). Millwall haven't played a proper game yet and some are already saying 'We are going up' . I remember a bloke called Nichol who had very vaguely done well in Jockland, he came here with his ideas and his own poxy hangers- on (Raith) ,and proceeded to very nearly wipe this club from the map. So while yes, it is very entertaining so far, If all these new faces have their own character, I don't care if Jesus Christ was the boss it could be a total f***ing disaster. I don't want to p*** on anyones parade, but I think some of us have been here before. We are looking at nigh on a new team, and I know that if the first couple of results go against us then the 'new found fans' will make life HELL for the players, owners and Ginger ! I hope I am wrong,.................. I really do !

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    • July 22, 2013 at 22:34
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      @frank: what a poxy post. If you want to harp on about bad old times do so but keep them yourself and don't ruin people's hopes.

      This is nothing like Nicol times and this is by a mile the most backing given to
      us and our squad for years. It may not work out but ffs let people dream/hope.

      Some people really grind my gears.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 11:36
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      @frank: Great post Frank - nothing better than a dose of realism and I also note one of the nobs on here has already read it the way he wants to instead of trying to digest your good sense.

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      • July 23, 2013 at 12:39
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        @Old_Les: Well done Les. Isn't it time to go and empty your Colostomy Bag rather than calling me a Nob? Realism is all well and good but its all guess work on everybody's part with regards to how good or bad we will do. In the sake of good will though I offer you a virtual Werthers Original to nip any ill feeling in the bud. X

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        • July 26, 2013 at 19:35
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          @JonnyBanks: Mind I don't empty it over your head (taking care not to get it in your ears as you already have s*** for brains). Anyone that says "grind on my ears" is a nob in my view - you'll be using text spk next. Ta for the Werthers offer but go my own regular supply. xx

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  • July 22, 2013 at 23:39
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    I can understand Frank's pessimism.

    Long-suffering Lions fans will have plenty of memories of false dawns that hold them back from being too hopeful at the moment - if only for fear of it blowing up in our faces.

    Peter Anderson bringing in Trevor Aylott in the summer of 1982 springs to mind.

    I was also wary of the Nicol comparisons for fear the club had simply opted for the latest 'bright young thing', and that most of the existing squad would be off, but our club now is obviously much better run than that one back in 1996.

    Don't forget Nicol arrived mid-season. The team was in disarray following McCarthy's on-off move to the Irish managers job and the ludicrous Russian signings - I think Nicol knew early on that he was out of his depth - as was the then chairman Peter Mead.

    It's fairly obvious in the weeks since SL was appointed that he knows exactly what he wants and has had plenty of time to sort it. Signings like Chaplow, Morison, Bailey and McDonald are a world away from Crawford, Hartley, Dair and Sinclair who had no experience outside the Scottish League and were on a hiding to nothing.

    Nicol also lost the few decent players he had in the squad as soon as we went down (Thatcher, Rae etc) whilst SL has inherited some capable and experienced players at this level (Forde, Shittu, Lowry, Trotter, Keogh, Henry, Abdou) and added to them with more Championship experience so it's far from a new team or one that couldn't be expected to hold its own next season.

    I agree that talk of promotion or even play offs is silly, but, to quote my old favourite Ian Dury, we have plenty of reasons to be cheerful.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 08:05
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      @mervpayne: Great post!!!

      Peter Mead is my boss at AMV. I won't show him this post even though I agree with it.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 00:22
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    If Mick Harford is anywhere near as good for us as his namesake Ray (who died ten years ago now, hard to believe) then we'll be OK.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 00:51
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    this is all unreal, players wanting to play for us, chaplow and hopefully mcd terminate contracts to join us, moro comes home, henry and trotter going no where like forde, shittu signs new contract, robbo back, shorey please sign. is this happening for real. what next sky reports that the new prince born abdicates from royal family by mutual consent to join the revolution at the den. we can go up blackpool, palace, hull , derby , barnsley they all did it against the odds as did bradford why not us look at swansea now. coyl

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  • July 23, 2013 at 01:02
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    The Swansea comparison is a good one. They toiled for years under bad management/ownership. Then they sorted themselves out and built slowly. Just 7 years ago they were losing a League One play off final to Barnsley, their manager at the time? Kenny Jackett. He built the foundation make no mistake about that, but they quickly realised when he had gone as far as he could, then they moved on to the next phase, a gamble on a bright new young manager - Martinez - and they have gone from strength to strength ever since. It's not always about spending loads of money quickly for a quick fix (QPR) but taking your time and gradually progressing. Personally, I wouldn't care if we never made it into the Premier League, but I feel with JB and SL we may well be taking the next small step upwards.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 05:52
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    I agree with some that the talk of going up or playoffs are mere dreams or silly talk as tbh it's not millwall to do so but at the same time to compare what's happening to past events is also silly talk as the players we're bringing in, being linked with and have/had on trial by far eclipse the calibre of the players of the past. We fell short cause of one player, injuries and then putting all our eggs in one fa cup basket last season when we ought to have concentrated on the league but hey ho it's done and dusted now but my point is the nucleus of that team are still with us and we now have IMHO far better standard of players brought in by stevie lo. On paper we should be comfortable. It's not like we've spent shed loads of money on transfer fees we've got em all on free transfers and possibly two have got their contracts terminated for the millwall cause, that in itself speaks volumes about the manager we have brought in. Yes it could all go wrong and I believe at some point next season it will do but we have enough players who have been there done that to pull us out of it.
    I for one have not spoke about the silly stuff but yes I'm proper excited about seeing what this group are capable of and I don't know about you's lot but I would deem staying up and having another season in the championship as a success.
    For once we have a board who has delivered what has been promised.
    Thanks JB
    Now it's our turn to FINALY turn up and back our club as I believe JB and so far stevie lo deserve nothing less.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 10:08
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    Although we havn't spent any money on transfer fees the extra wages and agents fees must be sky high. What we need is at least another 3,000 on our home gates to offset some of that money until SL can trim the squad when the deadwood becomes out of contract. A top half finish next season to give the team a chance to gel and then who knows for the 2014/2015 season?

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    • July 23, 2013 at 11:11
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      @denslions: I doubt very much that SL considers any of his squad as "deadwood" he obviously is earning the respect of all the players which I hope will be reflected in their performances on the pitch this coming season. It would be great to see attendances rise and I am sure they will.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 10:49
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    McDonald is ours, get in! Third bid of £350k for Bristol City player Steve Davies does not meet valuation of £600k, so one more bid should do it.
    COYL

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  • July 23, 2013 at 10:55
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    Yep, Middlesbrough paper reporter McDonald is a done deal - confirmation please, Aldo. Having got him, I'm not sure SL will go back for Davies. Young, loan striker next - Afobe? - and then I'd say we're in tip-top shape for the new season. Well done SL and JB - a quite remarkable summer!!!!!

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  • July 23, 2013 at 10:59
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    Davies is a goal scoring attacking midfielder, without an injured Trotter we don't have one of them so sign him up I say.
    COYL

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    • July 23, 2013 at 13:51
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      @WestKentLion: Absolutely, no transfer fees paid yet so sign him along with a contract for Shorey.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:20
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    Richardson in talks with boro
    Shame as I think he's a good player and I also think we need another right back, maybe one on loan. Noticed afobe mentioned above unfortunately he's still out injured so I think we can forget that one. Can't see stevie lo getting any joy out of city for Davies unless the player asks for the move which he hasn't so far. Maybe a bid for waghorn or someone in on loan. Whatever will be will be, good work so far let's hope they gel and push forwards on the pitch this season.
    COYL

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:29
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    There is plenty to look forward to this year. Some good quality signings, makes a change, and I am sure they new and old boys will be keen to make a good impression. I agree with @lukesmithmfc that we need another right back. Dunne is a liability and Jack Smith only got a year left on contract. Players like Osborne offer nothing but back up, and Beezers was struggling at the end, so hope Robinson can stay fit with Shittu at the heart of the defence. Shorey is better than Lowry so he would be a good signing.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:34
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    Need some comfrimation on macdonald as am hearing from a few sources, leicester are trying to hi-jack the move. If the case, I want macdonald he will bang in goals him and morro upfront. If it goes pair shape, bid for daivis and sharpe.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 12:15
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      @Hayes: Hayesey f*** Leicester we have more ambition!!

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:40
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    >>Apparently << I'm not sure if its true!! McDonald has signed and we are thinking about upping our bid for Davies. Bristol holding out for £600,000

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:48
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    Aldo's tweeting that McDonald will be finalised tomorrow 'paperwork delay nothing to worry about'.
    I'll be absolutely staggered if we get Davies as well - mind you I'm already staggered with the quantity and quality of our signings.
    Whatever happens next season at least people won't be able to criticise SL and JB for not having a go!!!

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  • July 23, 2013 at 11:50
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    This site now seems to be split into three factions. Those that are cautiously optimistic, those that are caught up in hype and the usual talking nonsense crew.
    I was and still am a big KJ fan and the stability and platform he has given us should be respected by all and never forgotten. Yes he lost his way for a few months, as happened throughout his time here, but he always pulled it round. I was sad to see him go, but his decision to leave has been the catalyst for the Board to appoint a new, young and hungry Manager and most importantly show increased ambition in the transfer market to support the Lomas appointment. We have made some clever signings, Morison & Chaplow (both brought here by KJ), Bailey (not his biggest fan but a Millwall type undoubtedly), and Lomas has taken some gambles on players who have had chances elsewhere. We have retained our solid defence and IMO signing Shorey would be a huge bonus. But, and this is why I'm in the cautiously optimistic camp, Lomas has no experience of managing in this tough league, which was a pre-requisite for most of you when we were hunting for a KJ replacement. He either needs to get off to a flyer or rely on the Millwall crowd to be very patient if things take time to gel. If we get to the end of September with 13+ points then the play offs are a possibility, if not a top half finish should be the expectation, nothing more. I hope that, in five/six years time we can all say that Lomas can join KJ as one of our best ever managers, or better still our best ever manager.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 12:28
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      @lion.ie: i am with you Lion, i want to see SL succeed and expect that he will, but lets keep our expectations reasonable. Even with our great signings, i would settle for a mid table finish with some big names getting beat at the Den, an increase in home gates and SL given the opportunity to build on the solid foundations he has laid. Still grateful to KJ but believe he moved on at the right time for him and the club.

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      • July 23, 2013 at 12:55
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        @glyngo: That sounds good to me Glyngo and it's a measure of the man that KJ knew when it was time to go. I like Lomas, he says all the right things and I don't remember a new manager who has got what the club is all about so quickly. He needs to put points on the board and then we could be flying, but one step at a time. Also, credit due to the much maligned Andy Ambler. People were very quick to slate him when things were not going so well but he and the Board have come through for Lomas and some of the deals we are pulling off are way out of step with the modern game, in a good way.

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        • July 23, 2013 at 17:32
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          Yep, we all love to stick it to the man, but AA has sealed these deals, some of them were quite frankly highly unlikely. He has done well.@lion.ie:

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          • July 23, 2013 at 18:23
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            @glyngo: here here

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:11
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    SM has signed?

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/scott-mcdonald-signs-for-millwall-5170852

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:23
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    I think it would be on the website if it was confirmed. COYL

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:46
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    On Millwall rumours site, Leicester are trying to hijack McDonal signing!!!! If we were trying sign a turd they would come in for it.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 12:49
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      @beedoscores:
      I have heard this as well but on twitter.....madness if true. Aldo can you confirm?

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:48
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    No Joke..... have heard that Leicester City have come in with a 11th hour offer for him.......They are like a parasite them f**kers if this is true.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 13:48
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      @Windy: Windy on news now its say that McDonald is a Millwall player as it also says the same in some Teeside news paper, so stop being parinoid about Leicester coming for everyone we even look at mate.
      I wonder who the next one will be Davies or someone even Sharper and while everyone is slapping SL on the back lets not forget JB for paying for all his purchase's well done Mr Chairman.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:50
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    Pearson lacks any bloody originality, let's put a bid in for Hulse and see them bid for him! Serve them right!

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  • July 23, 2013 at 12:58
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    Pearson is on borrowed time there anyway, why would a player sign for him. New manager comes in and he could be splinter bum again

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:00
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    Apart from money of course

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:05
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    Lol if that's true Pearson is such a c**t, first Wood, then Kane now McDonald!

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    • July 23, 2013 at 13:18
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      @Rhinos_Nan: Yeh you know what their game is. If they go after a player straight off because they are a rich club they would have to pay top dollar, but if they wait until the player has agreed terms with us (or very nearly) they only have to offer a slightly larger carrot. Good business for them, but still a bunch of F-----g A-------s.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:22
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    Sealion, I make you right. Where is Kane by the way, out on loan again?

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:36
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    If there are any truth in the rumours re Leicester and McDonald I'd be surprised. But surely most players can see what we see re Pearson? An over rated manager with a budget that's too big for his ability.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:37
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    I also see that John Obika is linked with Charlton. Would be good young loan addition IMO.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 13:52
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    according to BBC website "Millwall appear to have moved on from Davies and are signing Scott McDonald" https://twitter.com/alidurdenBBC/status/359621470747496449

    Rumours abound.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 14:33
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    Provided we get McDonald that will give us a strike force of Morison, McDonald, Keogh and Easter with N'Guessan and Marquis as backup for injuries. I don't therefore expect us to follow up with a higher bid for Davies. As for the Right Back cover I seem to remember on a thread a few weeks ago a rumour that we were going to sign a young player from Man Utd on loan but nothing more seems to have come of this. Shorey and Malone have shared the Left Back berth in the friendlies and if SL doesn't sign Shorey soon then he obviously considers Malone a good enough backup.

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    • July 23, 2013 at 14:50
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      @denslions: Denslions, dont know if you were at the crawley game but Malone was dire in both defending and going forward, I cant believe he will be in the starting line up, unless he has an ability transplant and I mean a big one, Shorey looks very good at this level as he should he has played a lot of prem football plus a few full internationals he will have a lot to offer both on and off the field.
      He would also help bring the level of the sides ability up as well when playing along side him, but first Millwall will have to sign him.

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  • July 23, 2013 at 18:57
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    I think we also need to take into account that whilst SL's age and relative lack of experience managing at our level can and probably will be a negative, I believe there is a chance that having played at a high level in the modern game in comparison to managers of KJ's age it can also be construed as a positive. Much in the same way that Gary Neville's analysis on SKY is so interesting and engaging, GN understands the modern player and the dynamics of how clubs are run etc..... Perhaps SL has a greater understanding of what players respond to in modern football even if his overall experience is somewhat less than the likes of KJ?? Just a thought Les!

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