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Millwall CEO quashes takeover rumours after Paladini link

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MILLWALL owner John Berylson has no intention of selling his stake in the club after ex-QPR chairman Gianni Paladini was linked with a takeover at The Den.

Paladini, 68, watched the Lions' 1-0 victory over Ipswich Town last Saturday and reports this morning claim he is lining up a £16million offer.

But Berylson insisted: "I have absolutely no interest in selling Millwall to Mr Paladini, who I have never even met nor have any intention of meeting, or anyone else.

"I am as committed to this club as ever, and having just brought in Ian Holloway as our new manager I am very excited about the future.

He added: "Ollie has pledged his future to Millwall for the next two and half years and hopefully beyond. I fully intend to be with him every step of the way."

Chief executive Andy Ambler believes Berylson is "as enthusiastic as ever" about his future with the Lions following the recent appointment of manager  Holloway.

A source close to Berylson confirmed that he had spoken to Paladini but that their one and only phone call was "not worth the conversation."

And CEO Ambler added: "Bringing Holloway to the club was just the next step in a long-term project. John wants to move the club as far forward as he can.

"There's no way the chairman wants to sell. He has assured me he is as enthusiastic as ever.

"People can be interested all they want – but for somebody to buy a club, there has to be a seller and John is not interested in selling."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

56 thoughts on “Millwall CEO quashes takeover rumours after Paladini link

  • January 20, 2014 at 11:24
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    Thats better news than Saturdays result

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:30
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    John Berylson lion forever forever lion.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:32
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    Interesting if this guy ups his offer will Berylson be able to resist? Hope so we must keep Holloway

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    • January 20, 2014 at 12:18
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      @Peckhamlad: Peckham I hope you are wrong, but if anyone offered you more money to move jobs most would and when you sell your house you would take the best offer, so JB would not be any different than any of us.

      If the right offer were put on the table it would be accepted , but lets hope that this guy is a messer and not serious about this purchase and just goes away and let the Lions start the climb up the table as happened on Saturday under Ollie.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:38
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    THANK GOD!!! that's better news than lomas getting the sack and holloway getting the job put together...PHEW!!! i don't think people realize what a fantastic chairman we have got in mr J.B im so relieved to hear this as im sure many of us are ! onwards and upwards , very exciting times ahead for our super millwall .

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:39
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    Thats what I wanted to hear - and I believe him as well.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:44
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    Some things should not be saleable, in my country millwall is one of the few club outside of the premier league that is known and just the name strikes fear! Loyalty passion and fierce commitment to the club and each other is it's reputation. People always want to change things, they say it's for the better, sometimes you just end up selling you're soul !!!

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        • January 20, 2014 at 17:50
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          @Jim28: Enough said Jim indeed.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:44
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    I am praying it's not true.
    Dont want them anywhere near Millwall Football Club.
    Dont even let them in the ground.
    After such a brilliant couple of weeks this is the last thing Us and Holloway need.
    Sling yer hooks.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:45
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    There is no smoke without fire and it seems there are asset grabbers eyeing Millwall's potential. We don't want them. There is an old Chinese saying that when you cross a stream you tread on one stone at a time and feel your way over, this is the way forward for Millwall one step at a time, and we have taken the first step with the appointment of IH. The asset strippers can sod off.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 12:11
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      @Peckhamlad: I dont think they are asset strippers, just very rich men who want a toy to play with. I really hope its not us.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 12:53
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      @Peckhamlad: There's another saying that's also very relevant too. On the assumption that we are still on our way in this crossing of the watery terrain, the phrase "Don't change horses in the middle of the stream" springs to mind. Whilst on the analogy front, I'd add to that, that when we are over the other side and back on dry land, that nothing changes ... in JB we trust!

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:49
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    GOOD NEWS..I am old enough to recall when we went to the Cup Final and then all pulled out...if JB was brave enough to understand the mentality of Millwall supporters who have lived through thick and thin for so many years and the spongers who came on board and then left with the spoils it speaks volumes about JB who was good enough to learn about the supporters and continue with the plan and whatever that may bring...so lets hope that undimmed perspective is to bear fruit in the future

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:51
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    Seeing as JB has invested around 26 million i can see why he'd turn down an offer for 16, if the offer was around the 30 mark do you think he would still say no? especially if all the talk of the regen falling through is true

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  • January 20, 2014 at 11:51
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    Great post on the BBC Millwall website, Holloways comments on the game, and about Portugal. Hope they have taken some sick bags !

    PS. see you all tonight , big game.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:02
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    JB believes what we do. Millwall are a premiership team waiting to happen. We have Berylson, Ambler and Holloway. Why would JB sell when he stands to make a lot more when we are in the Premiership. This Paladini guy can see the future and wants in. No-one is going to gatecrash our upward journey!

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:07
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    Couldn't agree more with most of the above. Need to remember that one of Paladini's acts as QPR Chairman was to put IH on gardening leave!! I don't mind taking his money on a Saturday afternoon but that's about it

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    • January 20, 2014 at 12:19
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      @arm119: the fact he was lining up a takeover without even contecting JB...shows wot a s*** he is..no respect shown..cheeky f*cker

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    • January 20, 2014 at 12:34
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      @Steve: @arm119: .i blame ambler..simply cos i haven't blamed him for aoything 4 a while

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:34
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    Don't think JB is ready to let go yet, he's invested to much dough, rather stay as we are at least we know where we stand, they will kill us as a club, one man one rule, to many chiefs involved to many money grabbers,

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:46
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    http://www.westlondonsport.com/features-comment/bircham-faced-challenges-at-qpr-and-can-leave-with-his-head-held-high
    Don't know how to post a 'link', but the above article tells all you need to know about the Paladini blokes attitude. Lifted from 'News Now' column.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:46
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    I believe Berylson. I think he's got the Millwall bug.
    It amazes me that people circle like carion hoping pick us off. P*** off Paladini you are not one of us.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 18:05
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      @NICKOLA: I'm amazed that only three weeks ago JB and AA were public enemy number one.

      Now they can't do enough for us.

      Fully old game?

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:48
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    All these comments above make us unique in my opinion. Every other clubs fans would probably be very excited by news like this because they would just think Premiership here we come where as our's care more about our clubs identity and soul.
    Very proud.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:50
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    What worries me is the fact that Paladini was even there on Saturday and probably as a guest and didn't just buy his ticket like the rest of us. Why was he there if nothing is going on? This could however, be a load of crap by the gutter press to knock us down after a superb weekend – you know how much they love us! I beleive in JB and don't think he would sell to some dork for a few bob especially after the amount he's paid in to keep us going.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:53
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    @ profiler4. i fully understand your optimism and passion, we all have it but please don't talk of us as " premiership waiting to happen" two weeks ago the talk was of going down, now things look a little better, we are a championship club and if we can stay in in somehow that should be our realistic hope. as for premiership ; ground not big enough , crowd not big enough , income not big enough, nothings big enough. sometimes it's better to be a big fish in a smaller pool, leave the premiership to those who can afford to be in it.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 12:53
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    Isn't this the same bloke who put queer park rangers in the s*** when he was there

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  • January 20, 2014 at 13:01
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    Three things. J.B. is one of us, and I trust him. Also speaks our language. Hands of Paladini.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 13:53
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      @potty1: Not too sure about JB being one of us, I cant remember too may Americians living in Paridise St when I was growing up in the 50's but lets hope he wants to see what ever is his vision is for Millwall and lets hope that means not selling it at least untill we are in a really strong position.

      As I have said in the past on this site, players and directors of the clube come and go but we are the only constant, it is OUR CLUB the others only pass through.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 13:04
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    I hope that JB stays and doesn't sell his soul, irrespective of how much is tabled. It's not that I don't want to see Paladini or anyone else for that matter take over, it's because I want JB to STAY! I've been a supporter since the Mickey Purser days, so I've seen a lot go on, good and bad. JB is without doubt one of the best, committed and genuinely nice chairmen we've ever had. At the next home game we need to start the chant "Berlyson In, Berlyson In"! However, in football absolutely NOTHING surprises me. Managers come and go. Chairmen do the same. Every now and again, you get someone genuinely good to fill one of the posts, and you never want them to leave. But leave they do. Just hope now isn't the time ... JB, if you're reading this, then please stay on till the end of the season at least ... and don't forget to assist Ollie in making sure we kick off next season in the same division.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 13:35
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    Every man has his price! Hope it's not true in this case,Coyl

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  • January 20, 2014 at 13:57
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    Dear Mr Berylson,

    If you care about Millwall at all, you are to keep this maniac away from our club at all costs. Point one... Alejandro Faulin. Point two... BBC doco QPR the four year plan. Enough said.

    Kind Regards

    Manclion

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  • January 20, 2014 at 14:03
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    One positive about this news is that Millwall is now a club that people are interested in buying, regardless of who they are. On the minus side, I don't want this geezer anywhere near the club. JB has invested many millions, and when you see him with his family watching the game, they are all proper Wall fans, (apart from the language I presume). If it was some Arab Shiekh with a few billion to splash about I might have a different view, but not this Palladium joker.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 14:19
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    Paladini=NOT WANTED. SIMPLE!

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  • January 20, 2014 at 14:24
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    ONe day, hopefully a few eyars down the line, Berylson will probably leave, but he gives all the signs of being in it for life. I would hate to see him go. We have had some clowns for chairmen (Berylson's predecessor for one) and some people who were just out of their depth but were Millwall people and meant well (e.g. Peter Mead). Berylson is by far the best chairman in living memory at Millwall.
    Paladini is a bit of a controversial character. He is an agent and when he was QPR chairman he loaded the club up with players on high wages. We don't need that. Also, he fell out with Holloway and we need to keep hold of Ollie as long as we can.
    The Berylson/Ambler/Holloway team is looking good so far. Long may it last.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 14:31
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    Hot quote from Berylson-

    “I have absolutely no interest in selling Millwall to Mr Paladini, who I have never even met nor have any intention of meeting, or anyone else.
    “I am as committed to this club as ever, and having just brought in Ian Holloway as our new manager I am very excited about the future.
    “Ollie has pledged his future to Millwall for the next two and half years and hopefully beyond.
    “I fully intend to be with him every step of the way.”
    Think that puts this to bed.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 14:43
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      @NICKOLA: God bless you Mr Berylson!

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  • January 20, 2014 at 15:32
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    Sultan of Brunei maybe?

    Paldini Nien Danke

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    • January 20, 2014 at 16:02
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      @wongo: your right about the sultan of brunei..or some one on the same scale...only than would consider selling his share in MFC..all said & done he's a buissiness man first..sport 2nd

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  • January 20, 2014 at 17:35
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    @ NICOLA . I'm sitting here p****** myself laughing , you've now put the rumour you started this morning to bed. What you got planned to wind us up tomorrow.

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    • January 20, 2014 at 21:59
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      @bordersarebest0170: Well I didn't start they rumour merely reported it. Early this morning I heard about it and had no way of knowing at that time whether it had any credence. I'm just glad it turns out to be false and was the first to post the full Berylson denial quote and was extremely happy to do so.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 17:46
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    Maybe now even the most sceptical of supporters will realise how lucky we are to have JB as our chairman.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 18:26
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    I cant see anything negative about this news what so ever
    1- JB ain't going anywhere soon
    2- it puts our club back in the lime light for all the right reasons
    I wouldn't be too surprised if it were designed as pr stunt to get people looking at our club in a positive way for once.
    JB could have chucked it all in last summer and probably that was an option for him if he didnt pull off the IH master stroke, as it stands it's all come off pretty handsomely and things are all rosie in the garden once more, everyone is positive so why turn this into a negative.
    We're on the up and long may it continue.

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      • January 20, 2014 at 18:51
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        @REAL Supporter: cheers Real.
        lets just see it for what we can get out of it.

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  • January 20, 2014 at 22:37
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    Just watch the documentary 'Four Year Plan' to see what Paladini and his mob can do to a club. I believe JB has enough common sense not to put us through that.

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  • January 21, 2014 at 07:21
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    Amazing. We have at our club,what I condsider, not only the best 'proven' manager I have ever seen but also what appears to be the most adventurous chairmen too.I know JB is a business man and yes,making money will always be his priority but I think he has a genuine love for the club.Its all so obvious to see in every press release he gives to see how fiercely protective and passionate he is about our club.He has also put his money where his mouth is, (much more than all his predecessors). Thank you Mr Berylson.
    Exciting times ahead. Can't wait!

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  • January 21, 2014 at 07:40
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    He also has the ability to eloquently tell Gianni Paladini to Foxtrot Oscar.

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    • January 21, 2014 at 12:34
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      @MillwallGra: bloody right too, last thing we need is bunga bunga parties after training

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  • January 22, 2014 at 16:34
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    Its amazing how fans are like the English weather, one minute sun, next raining. With that I think most comments made were not thought through or very little is known about GP and you need to check your facts first.
    bordersarebest0170 summed it up. One win doesnt make everything, how many of you will change your view if in 2 months time we are still in the position we are today. Interestingly some of you would be happy if it was a rich Arab who knows nothing about football, but just has money!
    At least GP loves and knows his football, has contacts all around the world, is passionate, goes to every game home and away and will not spend silly money to get promototed, as he demonstrated at QPR (It was the others, who then took over that spent the silly money). He also recruited both Holloway and Bircham and is still good friends with them, signed Shittu from 17 and was instrumental in signing DJ to QPR.
    Faulin incident, he was found not guilty by the FA and bought a good player for next to nothing to QPR, 4 yrs plan was financed by the Mittals and only showed you part of the picture, at least what it did show was his passion, it was the idiot Flavio B that was not good for the club.
    Agreed not everyone was a fan of GP while at QPR, however he is passionate like Millwall fans and different to any other chairman of clubs who do not speak or listen to the fans in most cases.
    Football is a business and dont be deluded by this fact, how many of us would buy a business to loose money. Again look at what GP did to keep QPR afloat, he sold properties and nearly went bankrupt himself in doing so. I dont think many of us would do so?
    Most foreign buyers, buy clubs only to show off to their friends the same way they do when buying a Bentley, its just a status thing.
    Wrote this only to make the point that some of you ought to think a little more before commenting and check your facts.
    What ever happens in the future, I wish the best of luck to Millwall.

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    • January 22, 2014 at 20:19
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      @bankman:
      So in October 2013 Birmingham is his heart and in January he wants to buy Millwall?

      http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/gianni-paladini-birmingham-heart-6210612

      If we go down with Ollie I'm confident that we will come back up stronger.
      Our Chairman has made it clear the club is not for sale so Gianni Paladini can jog on!

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  • January 22, 2014 at 22:22
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    Hats off to Mr. Berylson for doing business the right way- by backing Jackett and Ambler (and even Lomas!) in their decisions and ultimately making our club an attractive prospect for the likes of IH. We've got a great mix of positive people working at the club now and hopefully we can keep this buzz going and really push on from here. Can't wait to get back down the den on Tuesday! COYL

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  • January 24, 2014 at 15:34
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    Are we ready, to let rip on Tuesday night. The greatest days of the lives of Millwall supporters starts 7.45pm.

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