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Ambler: Millwall manager will be given time to get results

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler says Steve Lomas is under no false illusions about his job security – but insists the Millwall boss will be given time to get results.

Lomas met with the Lions' board prior to Tuesday's 3-1 win over Blackpool to discuss the club's poor start to the season after chairman John Berylson flew in from Boston for talks.

The meeting was described as "routine and friendly" but the timing could not have been worse for Lomas coming off the back of a 5-1 home reverse to Derby County.

And Ambler admits it would have been "easy" for the board to sack their manager in the wake of growing criticism from fans.

But Lomas came up with the right answers to some difficult questions – both on and off the field – as Millwall dismantled the Tangerines on a memorable night at The Den.

Ambler said: "The board received quite a lot of abuse on Saturday, saying that we should sack Steve – and it would have been very easy to bow down to that sort of pressure.

"Unless something is absolutely fundamentally wrong, it's just wrong to sack the manager after six games. There would also be financial implications for the club as well.

"Steve had an hour with the board and we just talked about football and players – the blend of the team, who is doing well and why certain players aren't showing the form they should be. We talked about normal stuff – no different to any meeting with any previous manager.

"The Derby result hit us like a brick wall. After a bad result, there is no reason why the chairman and the board can't sit down with their manager and ask, 'what are we going to do about it, and how can we help you?' That's not unreasonable.

"It was spelled out to Steve – not in a bad way – that we need to do much better, but he's told us that himself because it's a results business. He knows that.

"We all knew that if we went on a bad run at the start of the season, it would put a huge amount of pressure on everyone. There was a huge amount of pressure on Steve against Blackpool but we came through it and got the result.

"It was good timing for the chairman to be over with his family – they all came to watch the game. Every board member, barring John's son, was there on Tuesday and I think that was important for the manager.

Ambler added: "New managers need time, especially in the Championship because it is an unforgiving league.

"Had we not bounced back on Tuesday, of course the pressure would have been there but we've got to ensure the manager is given the time to blend his squad into a team that wins games.

"The players responded to what happened against Derby and the crowd was superb. The best team won – we played the league leaders and we beat them convincingly."

With the first three points of the season in the bag, Ambler is hoping the Lions can secure their first back-to-back league wins since March when they travel to The Valley on Saturday.

He said: "People forget we made a poor start last season – we have got five points at the moment and this time last year we only had six. This is now a platform to build on and we expect to go to Charlton and put in a similar performance."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

49 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall manager will be given time to get results

  • September 19, 2013 at 09:20
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    If you're ever going to bet on Millwall, away at Charlton is the one.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 10:09
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      @NICKOLA: Surprised at you. Thought you were above the sort of complacency I saw on here in the week before the Derby debacle.

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      • September 19, 2013 at 11:56
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        @Old_Les: Les why don't you p*** off you negative old shrew. I'm sure Nick wasn't looking for your approval when he posted his comment.

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        • September 19, 2013 at 14:06
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          @harryfabian: What exactly is negative about advising against complacency (very politely to a poster much brighter than you). Not being complacent is the exact opposite of negative but understanding that seems beyond your brain range. I'm sure he wasn't looking for approval from me or anyone else but then I wasn't asking or expecting. Must have been you that said we were going to beat Derby 3 - 1

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          • September 19, 2013 at 18:15
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            @Old_Les:
            For what it's worth Les I said that we would beat Derby 3-1 with Bailey on the scoresheet. Just so happens I was 3 days early.I am a bit concerned about Saturday though especially as they haven't beaten us for so long.

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        • September 19, 2013 at 16:59
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          @harryfabian: I thought Nickola was a she ??

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      • September 19, 2013 at 15:56
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        Les, you'd have to admit that Charlton away is 3 points for Millwall under normal circumstances. That was a good performance against Blackpool and that's just cemented my utter conviction that we're going to get a result. I was wrong about Yeovil and Derby for that matter, but then I didn't put a bet on those ones !
        @Old_Les:

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        • September 19, 2013 at 17:38
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          @NICKOLA: Yes Blackpool was a great result and deserved which makes it much sweeter. But so was 5 - 1 a great result at our for Peterboro last year and look where they ended up. The two team I detest being beaten by are Charlton and Palace both of which are the big derbies far as I'm concerned the West Ham thing being something much deeper and different. Last time I saw us lose to Charlton (twice in a season) we got relegated and this season all a bit deja vu for me so far. As long as Lomas drills into them we have to do more than just turn up to get a win then we'll have hope. Not a given by any means this one and they'll be wanting to drop us back in the s***.

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          • September 19, 2013 at 18:16
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            I respect your opinion but I think we turned the corner on Tuesday night. Yes, we'll get done every once and a while but not at Charlton.

            @Old_Les:

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          • September 19, 2013 at 19:31
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            @Old_Les: not getting into the argument but I'll say this
            Charlton are more than due a win against us and will be bang up for it this time as les has said and what I posted a few days ago, the last time they beat us we got relegated. I don't think we're going down but I'm not getting too carried away. Tuesday has given me greater hope as it was an improvement on the Brighton game which we were superb. Glad I got me ticket should be a typical derby. If I were a betting man the only bets I'd put on is bailey getting sent off and Moro to score.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 09:44
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    Let's not get complacent as it only breeds contempt. Let's go out there on Saturday & perform like we know we can & I'm sure we'll be ok.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 09:49
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      @NO1LIKESUS: I agree, we won one game against a poor Blackpool performance. Lets just stick to the game plan and line up as if we would of if we had lost Tuesday. Good luck boys!

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  • September 19, 2013 at 10:15
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    I wonder how much input into Tuesday night's team selection the board had - coincidence or what!

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    • September 19, 2013 at 13:48
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      @tommylion1: Absolutely none, and nor should they! He takes the stick when we lose so give the bloke some credit when we win.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 10:33
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    @kempo_123. It wasn't a poor Blackpool performance, it was a good millwall performance!! Don't underestimate what the boys did on Tuesday night.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 10:47
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      I agree, it was not a poor Blackpool performance. We stopped them playing, apart from their goal, which again was sloppy defending, they had a couple of chances that Forde dealt with and very little else. We should not be too confident about this saturday, Obviously, we want to win, but a point away from home is a good result, provided the results at home are going OK.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 10:36
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    No matter what, it sounded like a brilliant performance and a brilliant crowd against Blackpool, so please get behind the team Saturday. The players have proved by beating the league leaders that they have what it takes to climb this league. SL has my backing at the moment.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 11:07
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    It happens quite rare nowadays that i can make back to back games especially away days. But i went to the Brighton, Derby & Blackpool games and saw just one bad Millwall performance out of the 3. There wasn't much in it between the Brighton and Blackpool performances apart from us taking our chances on Tuesday night. I know i may get shot down here but i think we are in a much better place than what we were last season. As i see it, we have had 2 really bad performances (Yeovil & Derby) 2 mediocre performances (Huddersfield & Ipswich) 2 good performances (Sheff Wed, Brighton) and 1 brilliant performance against Blackpool (And for the record Blackpool weren't poor, they were pressed the f*** out of in midfield and wasn't given time to play IMHO). Yes we have only had one win but its a new team, if all the performances were like what we had at the end of last season i would be really worried. So with this in mind i think Lomas warrants time to get the players to blend. This group of players have been vastly improved over the summer and clearly the likes of Woolford and Abdou have raised their games to compete for places. Unfortunately i cant make Saturday as i need to show my face every now and then at work on a Saturday, But i will be listening on Lions player and ribbing all the anoraks in my office once we take them to the sword which i have no doubt we will do.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 11:43
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      @Windy:Good post Windy fully agree. Lets hope all the bitching dies down, have been getting cheesed off with this site recently.

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      • September 19, 2013 at 12:49
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        @Sealion: There is a lot of knee jerk comments on previous posts which i'm surprised about, cos lets face it, this ain't nothing new!!! But if you look at the table it reads wrong from top to bottom! Will Birmingham and Bolton still be flirting with relegation come March? Will Wigan and Brighton be mid table? And will Bournemouth still be floating around the play offs at the end of the season, Off course they wont. Everyone need to calm down. WE WILL BE SAFE.....Me Old Mum Told Me!!!!

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    • September 19, 2013 at 13:42
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      @Windy: As usual, I'm in agreement with you mate. Last season when the results were poor, we had a much weaker team than we do now. I think we will not struggle this year like we did last.

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      • September 19, 2013 at 16:16
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        @Adsy77777: I think this year is all about in difference. The start of this campaign could very easily of gone both ways with the amount of players we brought in and the change of direction that Lomas wants to take our football. Unfortunately for us it has gone the way none of us wanted, but it will improve and come Christmas we will be consistently mid table, which is good enough for me taking last season into account.

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        • September 19, 2013 at 18:52
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          @Windy: me too. We've spent a lot for Millwall but compared to other clubs .........

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  • September 19, 2013 at 12:51
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    If Tuesday night's performance and work rate is replicated on Saturday......... 3 points , simple as that.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 12:56
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    1 swallow don't make a summer!!

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    • September 19, 2013 at 13:44
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: I know I've said it before - it doesn't make a summer but it does make for a great Friday night out!!!!!

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      • September 19, 2013 at 16:12
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        ...............Or a great Saturday afternoon p***-up.

        @Adsy77777:

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        • September 19, 2013 at 16:27
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          @NICKOLA: I was referring to the type of swallow you might persuade a young lady to perform - or an old lady if that's your preference!!!!

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          • September 19, 2013 at 23:59
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            @Adsy77777: i knew a girl called summer and she did

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  • September 19, 2013 at 14:51
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    If we win our next two games against BIG rivals opinions will begin to change although we need a good 14-15 game unbeaten run before Lomas can start to presume his feet are almost under the table. On the other hand, lose the next two games and he can't stay any longer without doing serious damage to the whole club via the then none existent fan base.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 16:59
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      @chrismillwall74: some of the existing fan base are doing huge damage to the confidence of the team and its not all lomas fault, most of the goals against us have been player errors ,not great play by the opposition, just look at the goals missed by our forwards in the early games,no matter what team lomas put out or tactics he used if those seriouse mistakes had not been made by the players we would have been in the top half of the table,also the yeovil and huddsfield goal keepers denied us with good saves.so lets not put lomas and the team under pressure with ifs and buts and time limits on sl managment because imo sl is going to be a success at millwall.

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      • September 19, 2013 at 17:09
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        @jim1222: DONT TALK SO STUPID,HE HAS GOT LONG WAY TO GO YET!!!!!!!!

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        • September 19, 2013 at 19:51
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          @DiggerWall: we will see whos stupid at the end of the season,and im positive you will be the stupid idiot

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    • September 19, 2013 at 17:04
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      @chrismillwall74: ridiculous post....he has to go unbeaten for 15 before you will accept him...plain daft find something else to do for the rest of the season because its not going to happen

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  • September 19, 2013 at 17:09
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    How is that a ridiculous post!? Everytime he plays someone out of position and we lose, or any other mistake he'll have the wolves on his back unless he pulls a miraculous run of form out the bag. It's gonna take more than a small winning run to get the vast majority of fans satisfied and him accepted. The stigma of his past and his start at the den is gonna take something pretty special.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 19:17
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      @chrismillwall74: The 14-15 game unbeaten run is ridiculous but you are right re winning the fans over. Also, IMO, we need to have sustained form for a number of periods throughout the season. We won't get the 14-15 games but what we can't afford is any more six plus games without a win because after dropping 16 points already that will leave us right in the mire. As I said on a previous post, this squad should cruise out of trouble and only QPR, Wigan and possibly Reading are off our RADAR in this division.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 17:21
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    It's going to be interesting to see if the players that were recalled can maintain the level of performance we saw last Tuesday. Everyone stepped up and was counted and if you ask me the formation and tactics won us the game as much as the player performances. We need consistency now and the manager has to stick by his team.

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  • September 19, 2013 at 18:28
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    @wall2wall - you're refreshingly honest I'll say that for you

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  • September 19, 2013 at 19:06
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    I don't know about complacency Old Les, but if we have finally found our stride under Lomas then the 11/4 odds still on offer looks pretty good value against a side that have one of their last six. I'm on at those odds and like the look of some of the first goalscorer prices about our lot as well.

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    • September 19, 2013 at 19:06
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      @lion.ie: won one of their last six

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  • September 19, 2013 at 20:29
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    Anyone got info about tickets bournemouth away?

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  • September 20, 2013 at 00:10
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    What is Ambler talking about, saying "We had a bad start last seaon -- we only had six points at this stage then." We also had a bad finish ... relying on other teams' results to keep us in this division. My fear with Lomas is that he stutters us towards relegation, ie, a couple of good results that keep us above the relegation zone, which makes the board retain him, and then calamtous finish. We cannot survive three seasons of relegation fights. This is Millwall. We don't get that lucky. For me the jury is still well and truly out on Lomas.

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  • September 20, 2013 at 17:45
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    More nonsense about other teams results keeping us up zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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