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Bircham returns to Millwall as Holloway's first team coach

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EX-MILLWALL midfielder Marc Bircham has returned to the club as first team coach under new manager Ian Holloway.

Bircham has been coaching QPR's development squad for the past four seasons but says the opportunity to return to The Den was one he could not turn down.

Also joining Holloway's backroom staff is experienced former manager Des Bulpin, who has been managing the U18s side at Crystal Palace.

Bircham told QPR's official site: "It has been a really tough decision to leave Loftus Road because of the affection I have for the club.

"I have loved every minute of my time at QPR as a coach, as I did as a player, especially working with Harry (Redknapp) and his staff over the last year or so.

"Ultimately though, the opportunity to join Millwall and to link up with Ollie again, was one I couldn't turn down.

"I want to manage at first team level one day and this is the next stage of my development as a coach."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

50 thoughts on “Bircham returns to Millwall as Holloway's first team coach

  • January 15, 2014 at 15:00
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    I'm personally happy with this appointment and think he will be good for us.
    Good luck Marc Bircham.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:03
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    It seems a few pieces of the puzzle are coming together.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:04
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    brilliant for number 2 slots . well done holloway and millwall now let's get a decent backup keeper a quality cb a quality right winger and a lethal finisher .

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:12
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    Welcom Back Marc,
    Maybe you can pinch a few of there promissing young players, cos Arry will always buy as there is no money in bring on your own youth players, and I would have thought that the boys at QPR already know that. Not sure about the other appointment we will just have to "stand and see what he delivers."

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:23
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    Really happy with both appointments. Hopefully a couple of quality players will follow now!

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:31
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    Maybe the next Wall manager

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    • January 15, 2014 at 15:40
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      @jdt1885: Let Ollie have a couple of games in charge first to see how he goes eh.But I would watch out for that Turpin bloke espically if he turns up with a black mare called bess.

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      • January 15, 2014 at 15:46
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        Haha nice one

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:32
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    Well i for one will not be welcoming back..he was cack as a player ..he bad mouthed us when he p***** of to Q.p.r...No experience...main reason b6ber didn't get it...i know i'll get sum flak over this..cos other fans will have their own opinion...c.o.y.l

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    • January 15, 2014 at 16:13
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      @Jim28: Jim has he still got the Lion tatoo on his leg as he did when he played for qpr, I bet he has, and anyway as I have said before on here nearly all players will play anywhere as long as there wages are paid.

      All we can hope for as fans of "our club" is that they do there beat and give it there all while they play for us, and dont show the club up while they are paid by Millwall, the chairman has more in common with the fans as he is putting money into it although much more than us, and the players only take it out. COYL!!!!

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      • January 15, 2014 at 18:03
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        @Barnlion: i got 2 disagree about berylson putting more money than fan into tge club..i've supported the wal for 45yrs & there are others supported em even longer...we aint got millions..but we would rather be skint for the week so we can watch the lions...no one is bigger than a true fan...thir may s6und that i dont appreicate wot he has done & stil doing for the club you would be wrong....

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      • January 15, 2014 at 18:10
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        @Barnlion: barn he may have a lions tattoo on his leg but am I right in thinking he also has a qpr tattoo as well.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:36
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    Welcome home marc, good luck to you hope you and ih have a successful partnership

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:41
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    Got to say good luck but not one for me also glad he didnt get the managers job.
    but I will trust ollies judgement on this. Hopefully better than breaker.
    now for a number 2 ollie.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:44
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    Wheres the fitness coach !

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:50
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    Whenever Birch has been interviewed in the past has always good words to say about the lions, so good luck mate and welcome home! P.s even if you are a QPR fan !!!!

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:54
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    I hope despite all these changes , we keep Bomber on in his current role. He's doing an apprenticeship so to speak and I'd love him to do it at our place.
    Good luck to Bircham & Ollie

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:56
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    He's got a Lion on his arm......................
    He's got bird s*** on his head

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    • January 16, 2014 at 11:22
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      @millwall_baggers:
      YES, I CAN RE- CALL THAT MATCH AT Q.P.R.................THE WHOLE - SET
      OF MILLWALL FANS WERE SINGING FROM START TO FINISH =
      " HE'S GOT A LION ON HIS ARM " [ 3 x times ]
      " HE'S GOT THE BIRD SH*T ON HIS HEAD" [ 3 x times ]
      TO THE TUNE OF WHOLE WORLD IN HIS ARMS.............BRILLIANT !!!
      ================
      WILL NEVER FORGET THAT DAY !!!!!
      [ NO WONDER, MARC BIRCHAM CAME OVER AND APPLAUDED THE FANS..... ]

      " NO ONE LIKES US, WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

      PS. FOR THOSE WHO WERE NOT THERE, "MARC" DYED A WHITE / YELLOWISH
      STRIP ACROSS HIS HAIR ON THAT DAY.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 15:58
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    Always seemed to put the effort in when he played for us but was generally found lacking in ability. Only important thing now is for the players to warm to him. We'll have to trust in IHs' judgement so fingers crossed. Good luck to the lad.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 16:18
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    So Alex Ferguson wasn't interest in the assistant role then?
    O well, Marc Bircham it is then!!
    Come on you Lions....... Miiiiiiiiiiiiiii.................

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    • January 15, 2014 at 17:43
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      @Syd the Lion: you beat me to the fergie comment. I shall save that onevfot later.
      Anyway. .Good luck Birch goid to have you back
      We are becoming a club of media darlings...wots going on????.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 16:28
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    We'll pleased, good appointment, lot of enthusiasm, and a millwall background. Was a decent player, certainly gave it his all and yeah ,may be able to lure one or two good youngsters away from qpr. As for his q p r connection and what he's supposed to have said when leaving us, couldn't give a s***

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  • January 15, 2014 at 16:34
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    is there any truth that Dwight Gayle is going out on Loan to Championship?

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  • January 15, 2014 at 17:15
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    Welcome back, I remember you in the youth team, you know what we expect at Millwall, graft and commitment! Good Luck. Am delighted that Holloway is getting down to transforming the club, hopefully to a succesful one of course!

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  • January 15, 2014 at 17:41
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    Mb always gave it his all 4 d wall & that's the kind of bloke we won't around to kick sum a*** !! .. Went 2 qpr & d wall fans gave it 2 mark the whole game big time & at the end ov d game he came over & clapped us top bloke to c d funny side .. He's got a lion on his arm ! ,

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  • January 15, 2014 at 18:34
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    Good move to get Birch, Holloway will know exactly what he's got.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 18:36
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    So now Bircham, Harris and Holloway were all interviewed for the top job, but all now have a role at the club.

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    • January 15, 2014 at 19:06
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      @tomking1: Bomber would have got the no2 but he aint got a tattoo

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      • January 16, 2014 at 03:35
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        @Jim28: I liked Birch as a player and I think any issues he had were with Mark McGhee rather than our club. When on media duty he is always supportive of Millwall and knows what the fans expect from their team. He is a good addition. It's too soon for Bomber to take an assistant role, he is learning his trade. Give him time Jim.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 19:29
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    Decent appointment. Knows the club, what the fans expect and young enough to relate to the players and act as a buffer when getting IH messages across. Plus a well known character who will potentially have good connections in the game, and his recent experience as a youth team coach should mean he has good knowledge of emerging talents and some diamonds in the rough we could sign...

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  • January 15, 2014 at 19:42
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    I would like to see a defensive coach as IH was a midfielder too. Hope this works out though. Did think Bircham when hinted out on Twitter by Aldo.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 19:51
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    Set the right team up, get good structures in place, avoid the drop and they,l be calling you olliewood Ian, let's get behind the man and back him to the hilt.

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  • January 15, 2014 at 23:35
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    I was mascot for Millwall on his debut, when he got sent off away to Stockport, always was full of enthusiasm and a nice guy. Was highly rated at QPR too. Good appointment if you ask me.

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    • January 16, 2014 at 03:37
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      @manclion: great post mate, I also agree with your thoughts on Birch

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  • January 15, 2014 at 23:37
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    every one is talking about bircham,but the post also said des bulpin will also be coming in from palarse,where he has been coaching the under 18s.
    now with the emphasis on under 18s,where doe's bomber and fitze.

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    • January 15, 2014 at 23:39
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      @jim1222: That leave.
      sorry about that

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      • January 16, 2014 at 03:39
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        @jim1222: that's a good question but Bomber manages the U21's so may not be affected. Just depends on why IH has brought him in. Vulpine also has scouting history so are we going to U-turn on the Mick Harford appointment?

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        • January 16, 2014 at 03:57
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          @glyngo: was thinking the same on harford glyn.
          birch and bulp are 1st team coach's so will harford revert back to assistant ? At the min he's head of player recruitment or something like that. If harford is to remain he atleast will be able use bulp's contacts along with ollies.
          The good thing is that bomber fitz birch and bulp are and have been involved with academy's
          so we should see a massive influx of youth in and around the 1st team wether we stay up or not.
          Fingers crossed it all comes off nicely.

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          • January 16, 2014 at 05:04
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            @lukesmithmfc: youth development will be great, it's been too long and the best way to keep talent is to tell them they will get a chance to play. The new player database will need intensive focus so maybe he will stay on to manage that

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  • January 16, 2014 at 00:25
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    Isn't it nice to have a manager who knows how to manage and is doing exactly what he said in his earlier press releases about putting in good foundation to build a team to achieve and something he personally wants to be proud of in years to come.

    As a life long Millwall fan who has seen so many false dawns hopefully this will be the promised land COYL...

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  • January 16, 2014 at 00:50
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    you lot remember 1844 or close, 3-2 down with minites to go away to notts county won 4-3 bricham! someone will tell me when this was exactly. Also Mc Clintock and Docherty we need MILLWALL people who understand we don't mind losing providing they do their best on the pitch. Think Harry boy. My son is now 19 we were in the toilets at half time when he was 7 someone said comeone Harry and 17 boys turned round. This is what we are all about, a family that goes back to our grandfathers. The docks remember the 3-15 kick offs !!!
    Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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    • January 16, 2014 at 04:01
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      @hernebaylion: 1844 ? F*** me is birch really that old. Lol

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      • January 16, 2014 at 04:29
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        @lukesmithmfc: notts county away 1 up, 1-1, 3-1 up, 3-3 and birch wins it in 90th min. Cracking game.

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  • January 16, 2014 at 04:15
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    I can't see why Bircham is thought to be such a great fit as first team coach. Guy was never more than average as a player and has only experience training the academy at QPR. Totally unknown quantity as a coach. And he never struck me as the sharpest knife in the cutlery set. I thought Holloway would bring in someone with more experience. At championship level you need more than fighting spirit.

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  • January 16, 2014 at 10:19
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    Welcome back bird s***

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  • January 16, 2014 at 22:46
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    Mb throughout his time at wall was one more of redemption more then being worthy, however I would sooner him then a cock who don't care. Love u mb

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