Holloway sets out plan for "seamless club" to Millwall board

© Keith Gillard

© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway has been presenting his plan for a "seamless club" to the Millwall board during a three-day meeting this week.

Setting out his vision for the future, the Lions boss told directors how he wants to build up the club's infrastructure so that it will be ready, one day, for Premier League football.

Holloway believes a "two-pronged attack" will be needed, whereby Millwall make changes to their academy and broaden their scouting network.

The Lions' annual strategy meeting, at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire, finishes today. On Wednesday, Holloway will be told of his budget for next season.

"This is a Millwall thing with all of the investors - they have all come a long way so it's nice to cram it all in, meet with them and go through one or two things," Holloway said.

"We've been looking at how I want the club to be run and how I want it to be set up.

"I want a seamless club in which the youth team and the first team do the same things and play the same style of play.

"It's all very positive and a nice way to finish after a great run like that. There's been a lot to talk about but we've managed to dig ourselves out of a hole and now we can move on.

"I've been here for four months now and I've had a look at how the place runs.

"I have got my own model for doing things from when I was at Blackpool, but to be honest when we had success there it wasn't really carried through in the way I'd planned.

"That is why I am not there anymore. Hopefully I'll have a chance to set something up, get it moving and build something.

"I saw the true potential of the support last weekend and it has made me realise even more what we could do here.

"I've been preparing for this meeting for a while. Andy Ambler and I are given the trust of the chairman to run the club and between the two of us we've got a fair bit of experience.

"It's nice to be treated in that ilk and hopefully we can push the club forward."

Holloway wants Millwall to have a clear strategy when it comes to recruiting new players - both at first-team and academy level.

"It's about where we get our players from, how we get them and who we've got," he said.

"We need to add to our structure so that we can function in the way a bigger club would and get a recruitment network set up that would be sustainable in the Premier League.

"I believe I needed that at Blackpool and Palace but I didn't have it. So having experienced that, I now know what we need to do and how to do it.

"It has to be a two-pronged attack - having the right academy set up and bringing young players through is a big part of a community club like Millwall.

"I want to integrate them and get the academy ready so that the nine and ten-year-olds are doing things I would want them to do when they get into the first team.

"I'm really excited about it and I think the chairman is as well. It's great to get in front of the board and actually thrash it out and talk about how we're going to do things."

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  1. vonhardshaft says:

    Wow...a manager that has a plan for the future and is willing to boost the youth ranks as opposed to a manager running the team on a game by game basis (Lomas!!) and utilising loanees...the future looks bright, the future looks blue & white.

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    • crow191049 says:

      @vonhardshaft: Yes really pleased that we stayed up - and thanks to IH for his undoubted contribution - despite some of his hair brain team selections and substitutions.
      What worries me now is that apparently the core of the team is fine - I don't think so. Two consecutive years of great escapes speaks volumes for the team - especially this years forwards - who were the worst ever.
      Maybe IH has already seen next seasons playing budget and only now considers the squad core as OK accordingly
      Be interesting to see ins and outs.

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      • denslions says:

        @crow191049: I am also worried about the comment that the core of the team is fine and in an earlier article that he doesn't foresee many changes. Of the team that went on the 8 match unbeaten run Edwards and Garvan are only on loan and the Hoff on a short term contract. We have a replacement for Garvan in Upson but does this mean that Edwards and the Hoff will be offered permanent contracts? As you say the forwards were the worse ever and all we have for next season so far are Easter, Marquis and McDonald. Unless we sign more firepower we will struggle again for goals.

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    • southstandview says:

      @vonhardshaft: that should be interesting about all the teams playing the same way since Ollie changes our formation more times than Russell Brand changes his girlfriends !

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      • kitch says:

        @southstandview:

        In fairness to Olly he did say very early on and publicly that he'd do changes which others would not agree with. And some formations and actions have looked strange.

        The most radical was the shake up before the Forest game - and look where that went.

        Dunney in a new position and captain???

        But - it could have gone like a Led Zeppelin and crashed and burned. It took some confidence to do that - but where else was there to go? Lions were bottom of the League.

        The Birmingham game was set up bizarrely and that didn't work - but you have to trust the manager.

        What is good about this thread is that he's now able to stand back, think and plan more strategically. He's averted the immediate threat - now to plan forward.

        And to quote Churchill so we don't get too far ahead of ourselves:

        "Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

        (It's not often I get to refer to a rock band and Churchill in the same thread)

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    • jim1222 says:

      @vonhardshaft: and jacket

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    • Lincolnshire Lion says:

      @vonhardshaft: Jackett ruined our youth policy and started this loan rubbish, he got us where we are but robbed us of our future players.

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    • BUSHWACKER14 says:

      @vonhardshaft: Only about 200 of us Millwall fans attended the Charity Match at the New Den on Tuesday night. ( only £ 5 - 00 entrance ) must be said that some supporters should hang their heads in SHAME ! ). we did see some familiar faces that go to the away travel , well done to them. Result : 4 - 2 .

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      • jim1222 says:

        @BUSHWACKER14: I wont hang my head in shame,stupid statement by you bushwhacker.

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        • BUSHWACKER14 says:

          @jim1222: That's Fine, at least we know you did NOT support Neil Harris, all the other Players and Millwalls club/ shirt sponsors ( prostrate cancer ). We will leave it like that ! Thanks.

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          • jim1222 says:

            @BUSHWACKER14: No we wont leave it there some of us have to work,so before you get high and mighty about who should attend or not ,just mind your own business ok,you went thats good give your self a big pat on the back,as i said mind your own business.

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          • BUSHWACKER14 says:

            @BUSHWACKER14: Okay, Okay, Sounds like we've HIT a SORE - POINT ! ( somebody who could have afforded it, did not bother - ) LOL.

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    • brockleysfinest says:

      6 & 7 year olds playing like our first team? Make a change form our first team playing like 6 year olds!! Jokes aside I hope it works out. Youth is so important fir a club like ours. There's some quality out there just hope we don't flog them to soon

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  2. mfc1rob says:

    Stand your ground Olie. Go get'em mate..

    COYL!!!!!

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  3. One of the things he's saying is he saw the potential in our support last weekend, it's always been there but gates drop because having to watching poor millwall teams over the years, but you get it right ollie and we will need a bigger ground.

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  4. BUSHWACKER14 says:

    Let's not forget we need some new good player now, Ollie! Or the fans will turn away once we start losing again. ( us season tickets holders and the people who make up the eight thousand die - hards will get fed up )

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  5. norwood 125 says:

    I am new on the site although I always read the posts and the comments.
    The reason for coming on is I am getting more and more annoyed because nobody, including Holloway, Ambler and the like mention what a terrible club we are with regard to injuries. Kenny in the last year, Lomas and Ollie have had the same problem, not being able to pick the same team two weeks running and loosing major players. It has proved itself in the last eight or nine games. Bailey and Malone back, even the bench has been constant. You can bring as many players in as you want but if you can't pick your best players and a steady team we be in exactly the same situation next season. Sorry to moan but please can they let us know what they are doing about it.

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    • BUSHWACKER14 says:

      @norwood 125: Looks like they are going to Sun themselves in Portugal. ( so now you know ! ).

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    • grassgrower says:

      @norwood 125: welcome in norwood, my afl club in Australia a few years ago encouraged former liverpool fitness expert Darren burgess back to adelaide to take up the position he,d previously held at port adelaide. In the 2 yrs since his return port been completely transformed and now has no trouble running games right to the line as well as incredibly well managed injury rehab etc. it seems a critical component in this day n age of elite sport and can mean the difference when things get tight. These guys would be looking at all aspects in the pre season ud think.

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    • millwallbuilder says:

      @norwood 125: maybe all our injury recovery problems lie with the head physio bobby bacic procedures and approach, strongly agree about injuries' and the knock on problems it breeds.

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  6. Big Millwall says:

    Good man, Good manger, he has got the club at heart.

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  7. grassgrower says:

    I'd love to know what JB,s future plans are and if he,s in for the long haul? How much impact the redevelopment plans around the den etc will have in the long term and if it's likely to be settled in the near future. I know it's off topic a bit but the club needs absolute stability off field in order to set correct structures on field. It seems like JB has his heart in it, it'd be fantastic if he continues to provide that stability which we so desperately need to get things right in the future, " Just wondering"

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  8. Peckhamlad says:

    The same policy was implemented under Gordon Jago a long time ago he invested heavily in a youth policy which in the end paid dividends. He bought in two top scouts for the club Derek Healy and Bob Pearson between them they built a youth team which not only won the FA youth cup but helped promotion to the old first division. But that policy was destroyed by certain people at the top.
    It's great to have a manager now that believes in youth development. It looks like an exciting pre-season hope IH takes a holiday and rests.

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    • millwallbuilder says:

      @Peckhamlad: don't forget ex palace full back david payne he was youth team coach at the time and by all accounts one of the best at that level.

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  9. glyngo says:

    Sensible to try to produce players that are used to playing in a way that the first team play. I sincerely hope that the investment is there to allow him to implement this plan.

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  10. mervpayne says:

    I remember a similar policy back in the days of the Rhino & Macca regime where they wanted a set way of playing from the Academy through to the first team and they also wanted a squad that provided 2 players for each position, utilising a mix of experienced pros like Moody and Dyche, new lower league signings like Harris and Lawrence and youth team graduates like Ifill, and Reid. Sounds simplistic these days and that was League 1 football 16 years ago but the mentality is a good one for a club of our resources because we can't afford wholesale big money squad renovations.

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    • Peckhamlad says:

      @mervpayne: Anyone remember Phil Babb who went on to play for Liverpool? He was playing for South London Schoolboys at the den and spotted by Bob Pearson who duly signed him very quickly although Phil was a skinny lad at the time. Sadly the School FA system has been supplanted by youngsters going to pro clubs at an early age ad late developers are often missed.

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      • glyngo says:

        @Peckhamlad: babb was a decent player, he played for Liverpool for few years via Wimbledon if I remember rightly. The Wombles often raided us for our best players.

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  11. junkmale says:

    We've let a lot of good young players go. Phil Babb, Matt Jarvis etc. On the other hand we kept some who were never going to cut it - Hockton, Braniff spring to mind.
    Rhino and McClearly weren't going to get us prmoted but the youth policy at that time was amazing - Neill, Cahill, Bircham, Dolan, Sadlier - the list goes on and on. Who knows how much of that was down to them, but the club certainly had that aspect nailed down.
    Jackett didn't seem interested in home produced players, did he?

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    • jim1222 says:

      @junkmale: NO he did not,but then lots of people think jacket is a legend,he did some good but also did a lot of harm.

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    • glyngo says:

      @junkmale: I heard a rumour that Millwall trialed Peter Beardsley and didn't take him on. Imagine how he would have been for us in that promotion squad in the late 80's

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      • Peckhamlad says:

        @glyngo: One of the biggest mistakes was letting a youngster called Ian Wright go, who wanted to sign! That was before Healy and Pearson were appointed

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        • glyngo says:

          @Peckhamlad: I had heard that rumour also, would have loved Wrightie to sign for us, he was quality. Right attitutde as well, hard work and winning mentality.

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  12. steveomfc5 says:

    genuinely excited for next year already! finally we have someone that gives a s*** and has a great philosophy and our best interests at heart. i have no doubts ollie will out the dead wood pronto and get in some decent young players. can see only 4 or 5 brand new players coming in, the rest will be used from the youth team. players i would like to see stay would be forde, woolford, dunne, shittu, malone, beevers, lowry, bailey, williams, garvan, upson, easter, edwards, hoff, jackson. morison? still not sure? players i would rather go either coz they're not good enough, too old or to injury prone. are bywaster, hoyte, robbo, fredericks, wright, abdou, smith, martin, chaplow and mcdonald.

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  13. lion.ie says:

    Blah blah blah Jackett. Wolves rebuilt from the bottom up in one season. 102 points. He'll probably get dogs abuse from some of the Den crowd next season. Now that would be properly shameful.

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    • seanmfc says:

      KJ papered over the cracks with aging loan players. knew he had the wolves job since mid season and citied his reasons for leaving as he could do noire with the club not the fact that he thought he had the chance whilst they were relegated to join a premiership ready club.
      No doubt he brought stabitly but never really had the clubs future at heart. I won't boo but there will be no ovation

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    • junkmale says:

      @lion.ie: I'm not saying Jackett was a bad manager at all. He got an awful lot right. But no-one's perfect. Jackett will always be up there as one of the best managers we have had, but he left at the right time. As he said himself, he couldn't take us any further.

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    • jim1222 says:

      @lion.ie: pity he didnt rebuild us up from the bottom,instead he left us in the mire,ruined what youth scheme we had,then walked away .
      yes he got us promoted,yes he took us to wembley,but he left us in the s***,and lomas who was out of his depth got all the blame.

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      • jim1222 says:

        @jim1222: also lion i did not give him abuse when he was here and i wont give him abuse when he comes to the den,he is a legend to some but not to me.

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        • glyngo says:

          @jim1222: the transfer and recruitment policy is decided by the whole magament team and the board, just look at the meetings going on right now. KJ used loans because the whole managment supported the idea and he didn't have the right budget to bring in better players. I will always thank KJ for what he did, our current situation is not wholey down to him

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          • jim1222 says:

            @glyngo: he was given the money to buy woods,but woods did not want to come,the fact KJ was given that money suggests to me the money was there.

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          • jim1222 says:

            @glyngo: also glyngo i do reconise that KJ did good for us,but the fact is he walked out leaving us in a very bad situation that wiped out all the good he may have done.also i find it a little bit funny he walked into the wolves job when they were not even advertising the job.also did you see his face at derby when it was apparent we had survived not a flicker of joy just a long face.

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          • JonnyBanks says:

            @glyngo: KJ did a bit of what Ferguson did at MU, the thing is football is now a business and its results now or the sack, it must be hard to plan ahead for future seasons especially at our level when the present is paramount.

            What I will say is KJ did not just leave us as it was a natural end to spend some time away from the game!!! He left to walk into a job he clearly pre-arranged when he knew the squad was a time bomb and the rot was about to set in. He does have some blood on his hands regardless of his other achievements.

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    • Millwall1979 says:

      @lion.ie:
      I won't give him dogs abuse when he comes back but I also don't see his rein through tinted specs we were utter dog s*** last year masked by a cup run poor player recruitment and saved last day by other results and all his squad his selections

      Cue to Ollie he has made mistakes but he had had a lot of previous mistakes to put right and will continue to put them right next year

      When kenny comes back he will get applause from me but in my opinion he did right stepping down when he did

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      • lion.ie says:

        @Millwall1979: We were saved by our points total of 56 not by results on the last day but I've done that logic to death on here. Who knows what happened with Jackett in the last few months? He has been dignified by his silence but maybe one day we'll find out the facts. I don't expect that the majority of fans will abuse him but realistically there'll be some who will.

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        • JonnyBanks says:

          @lion.ie: Defo clapping KJ. No boo's. Xxx

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        • Millwall1979 says:

          @lion.ie:

          Lion get what your saying yes we had points on the board all I was referring to is last day results kept us up whether we had x on the board or not

          This year we needed to win to keep our fate in our own hands and we did

          So for me last season was skin of our teeth this year we showed our balls in last eight games and don't matter what happened around us we got ourselves out of it

          As someone already said he done a lot of good but slightly tainted by mess we were left in not too dissimilar to what Fergie done at Man Utd

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          • lion.ie says:

            @Millwall1979: I know what people are getting at re the last day, but in the end it's a sequence of 46 games so those three points on the last day are the same as three points on the first (or not in Lomas' case!). The difference this year is that we have finished on a positive run of form, so I get your drift.

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  14. thecolumbusblock says:

    Just thinking about pat cuff slinging one in against palace, i was standing on the half way at the old den and i fainted ! Only happened twice, the other one was when paul shaw scored at watford , why am i telling you this ?

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  15. lukesmithmfc says:

    Music to my ears ollie, thats exactly what I expected from you when you got the job and what I've posted a few times on this site.
    That's what we've been missing at our club for many yrs and I believe that's what has held us back.
    We've lacked a structure and ethic and it's been painful at times although we've has a wee bit of success we never really capitalised on it. It's all well and good getting promotion and keeping faith with what you have, staying up in your first yr but come the second you have to be strong, say thanks and let some of those players go in order to progress and build on all the good of what promotion brings.
    imho this is fantastic news. Every single team we have needs to be playing the exact same brand of football as the first team in order to make the step up less daunting.
    On another front, it would be great if us fans keep expectations (myself more than most) much more realistic next season, a nice comfortable season is good enough for me with a little cup run involving a top 4 prem club for once, anything more is a bonus. Perhaps thats ollies reason for stating he has no real intention of a complete squad overhaul, to keep us all grounded and to keep the pressure off over pre season.
    Here's to a happy summer.
    Enjoy the break guy's and dolls.
    See you next season at hopefully a near full den every home game.
    Well done ollie and everyone connected for getting a very difficult job done.

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    • Jim28 says:

      @lukesmithmfc: there'sonly one persons opinion that really counts and thats JB's. So olly can gob of all he likes.feel he should have waited for outcome of the meeting...

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      • lukesmithmfc says:

        @Jim28:
        can't see the harm in this at all jim tbh with you, he's hardly gobbing off is he ?
        Granted you don't like the bloke or think he's good enough for our club but as you have said yourself "the only person's opinion that really counts is JBs".

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        • Jim28 says:

          Luke all i'am saying is it would have been polite to allow JB to have his say on the meeting first. Then he can gob of all he likes...

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  16. timchimes says:

    Leeds to start next year minus 20pts -look forward to it

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27309365

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    • grassgrower says:

      @timchimes: could get messy, very messy!

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    • Jim28 says:

      @grassgrower: @timchimes: just read the yorkshire post online..leeds have till the 9th june to stave of a winding up order..either 1£pts deducted or relagation ..its the release of several players that interest me (mcCormack not 1 of em)..wot a cowboy outfit

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      • glyngo says:

        @Jim28: Maybe Morro will be available on the cheap, if he comes cheap I would consider him. His performance last Saturday was good and he has been unlucky not to score more goals. If they want a fee, I wouldn't bother.

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  17. A good and well coordinated youth policy for a club like ours is essential. This universal style of play would make the step up all the easier. Confidence is key in all areas of life and a massive barrier I see to this is the awful soul-destroying remarks some fans will give a young player or players in general (perhaps even more now after the last couple of seasons). Ifill got a lot when he held the ball and tried too much instad of passing; I remember very well his head dropping and if he didn't have so much to focus on probably would have been in tears. The fans play a big part in bringing up younger players.

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  18. mfcmike says:

    So holloway wants to change our scouting structure? Looks like ambler is going sell those vic20 computers he brought when Everton convinced that was the way forward

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  19. lion.ie says:

    http://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/30-Clubs/4713-academic-excellence

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    • @lion.ie: Good find this article. Perhaps JB has learnt a lot over the last 6 years and with the right people advising him on youth policy he appears to see the point of investing in this. This may also explain why KJ relied so heavily on loanees. I hope IH will be around long enough to pick fruit from his own trees and, if not, will leave the club in a better condition.

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      • lion.ie says:

        @SE14: Jackett, Ambler and Berylson started work to restore our academy status in April 2012 so the groundwork was there before Lomas or Holloway. You see posts on here re why haven't we gone for this local talent etc. but who's to say no approach has been made? The competition for the best youngsters is fierce and we're not necessarily in a position of strength, especially locally now that Palace are in the Premiership.

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    • glyngo says:

      @lion.ie: Paul Elliott, Rio Ferdinand, Ian Wright and the Wallace brothers, now every one os those won at least a few england caps.

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    • jim1222 says:

      @lion.ie: good article lion,lets hope we can get and keep things going as far as youth is concerned.

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  20. JasperSexton says:

    Boys I think I was the first to call IH the messiah (read my post four months ago) and I will again repeat that statement to my better equip footballing knowledge peers!.. footballing f--king messiah...go man go and lead us out of the wilderness..

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  21. Jim28 says:

    @JasperSexton..the cobblers about the messiah i'd keep that to yourself the men in white coats will be banging down yer door..he may have proved himself to you but to many die hard fans he's got a long way to go yet..

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  22. mervpayne says:

    I think the criticism of KJ is a little harsh. Every manager has his own way of operating based on his player, manager and agent contacts within the game, the way he likes to play football and his managerial style. I know they are only rumours, and we'll never know the complete truth, but if the story about the club losing a big sponsorship deal (and therefore a large chunk of new player budget) following the Wembley semi final mass media overreaction (to what was a nothing event had it happened to any other club) proved to be the last straw for KJ then that's understandable. Or if he felt he'd lost the dressing room (based purely on his comment at the end of season POTS do last year) then maybe he genuinely felt his relationship with The Lions had reached its natural conclusion. It happens. One day you wake up and decide to give your other half the elbow (bloody hell this Holloway-speak is contagious isn't it?). I still think we owe the bloke a respectful welcome to The Den next year as we didn't really have chance to show our appreciation for the work that he did for us. It's easy to forget we were on our way into League 2 when he arrived so to say he's done more for Wolves than us is maybe a bit unfair.
    I've always felt that one of the things that sets Millwall fans apart from many others is their genuine knowledge and respect for the game. We don't give out praise to the opposition lightly, so when we do you can bet it's truly deserved. Two examples that spring to mind are Gazza at The Old Den in the Horrix Charity match when he was getting stick and just laughed it off and ended up being applauded for his attitude and skill. Then there was the ovation that Paul Merson got when he ran the show for Pompey against us at the New Den and was subbed by Redknapp. When Redknapp was asked about it in the press conference afterwards he just shrugged and said, "Well, they're proper football supporters aren't they?" as if it was obvious. You may not like 'Arry, but he knows the score.
    So next season, let's give KJ a decent welcome in recognition for what he did for us - and then beat them 4-0 and show him what he's missing...

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    • @mervpayne: excellent post. Please copy and paste this in a Wolves pre-match article. Speaking of ovations and proper fans, Bournemouth must have had 200+ clapping our player awards.

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