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Exclusive: Holloway admits Millwall captaincy is up for grabs

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IAN Holloway has admitted the Millwall captaincy is up for grabs.

Holloway has yet to decide who will skipper the Lions next season but revealed Nicky Bailey and David Forde are in the running.

Paul Robinson and Danny Shittu shared the armband last year but neither defender finished the 2013-14 campaign as a regular in the side.

Alan Dunne, who led Millwall on an eight-game unbeaten run to ensure Championship survival, is also a contender.

Holloway said: "Whoever my captain is needs to be fit and play a lot of the games – captains don't really talk that much when they're not playing.

"Robbo and Danny have both been captain but they didn't play at the end of last year which is a strange scenario. They are great lads and I'm sure they'll accept whatever I do.

"Bailey probably does more talking than anybody else. He loud and he's a good organiser and that's especially important in midfield because most of them are far too quiet.

"I want a team full of captains really, not just one. It's a small thing in football – it's not like in cricket where the captain helps pick the team and the tactics.

"In a good team you've got to have lots of communication and that's what we're working on at the moment.

"Bu we do need to have a voice in the right place.

"At the moment I'm looking for leaders to step forward. You could argue that David Forde should be captain but I'm not sure he can make people hear him from our own penalty area.

"Having said that, I might make him club captain and then pick someone else to be my team captain – I really don't know yet.

"For long periods of last year we were leaderless on the pitch and that's down to the players, not the manager.

"No team should have be rudderless and they should take responsibility themselves.

"That's what I tried to say when I first came in – the group was hiding behind excuses, the group didn't do enough, the group needed to step forward and the group needed to be honest.

"I'm looking for people to do that for me next season."

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27 thoughts on “Exclusive: Holloway admits Millwall captaincy is up for grabs

  • July 17, 2014 at 11:10
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    Bailey..... End of

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    • July 17, 2014 at 13:18
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      @les the lion: Last season we went 8 games unbeaten and everyone sees it as the players finally realising their potential.. I saw it more as the introduction of Bailey and Edwards into the team. Two experienced and composed professionals that bring huge amounts of confidence to the team and seeing them bring the ball down and pass it along the back gives confidence to the likes of Beevers to also pass instead of punting the ball 50 yards.

      Bailey was my MOTM for all 8 games towards the end of the season and he has to be the captain in my eyes.. Unfair to heap praise on just one player but I seriously believe if Bailey plays 46 games this season we will finish much better off than last season.

      Fulham already sorted and can't wait for the season to kick off!

      COYL!

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:27
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    It makes sense to choose Bailey.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:33
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    Got to be Bailey over Forde - no brainer.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:37
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    A natural leader who will play most games.
    Bailey fits the bill best. Keepers are too far away from the action as Holloway says.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:39
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    Being captain shouldn't go down to the managers favoirate cos he's worked with him at another club...it should be a player who others look up.and not to be scared of being a leader...take shittu of0the list & replace it with webster

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    • July 17, 2014 at 11:43
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      @Jim28: sorry bout spelling mistakes....

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:41
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    Goalkeepers are captains of their own area's , but not halfway up the pitch , so to me it is obvious we need a outplayer as captain , take on board Bailey over forde anyday of the week , but dont forget Dunney spoke out loud after the Blackburn game last season which in turn took us to a successful run of games effectively saving us from relegation !!

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:45
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    bailey , easy decision with his lion heart approach, non stop work rate true lion

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  • July 17, 2014 at 11:50
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    Bailey as team captain without a doubt, his communication and organisation in midfield was what kept us up IMO, but do like the idea of forde becoming club captain as he looks set to stay until the end of his career

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  • July 17, 2014 at 12:02
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    Byron Webster anyone ?

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    • July 17, 2014 at 14:01
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      @dpendet: i agree with webster going on the list,only been here 5 mins ok by me if he is considered,bailey looks the obvious one for it,as for forde he has to be his own man in the box and let some one else do the outfield captaincy job.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 12:13
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    Bailey has the balls for it - and the gob. Need some leadership in the middle and Bailey is the only man who can do it

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  • July 17, 2014 at 12:54
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    Bailey.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 14:00
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    Can't look past alan Dunne surely!!

    Captained our survival out of position and ripped f*** out of all the ponces that tuned up with their hands out last season. His been dropped by every manager his had and still worked his way back into the squad. Not often you find a one club man these days.. No one more Millwall than him in that team

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    • July 17, 2014 at 14:30
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      @brockleysfinest: True but is he going to be a 1st team regular this season or just a squad player. Bailey will probably play most of the games he is fit or available for so it would make more sense to give it to him.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 14:25
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    BAILEY 100% he works hard and he will tell the players if he needs to

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  • July 17, 2014 at 16:19
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    Webster for me , forde club captain just think bailey can organise the troops ahead and Webster can see things from the back

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  • July 17, 2014 at 16:43
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    We don't know Webster yet, but from what we hear he is the sort of person we need, but Nicky Bailey seems the natural choice. It's what he does anyway in effect. As for giving it to Dunney, yes, we all appreciate what he did at the end of last year, but there is a reason why he has been dropped by so many managers. All credit to him for fighting his way back, but he surely can't be seen as a 'first name on the team-sheet' sort of player, which I would have thought the captain has to be.

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  • July 17, 2014 at 17:27
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    I think we're lucky to have Bailey in our team - he has impressed me from the very beginning and always makes his voice heard. THE MAN NEEDS A SONG! ANY IDEAS???
    Also, he plays in a good position to communicate with the whole team. You could say we have a sort of zonal captaincy going - with Dunne and Forde making their feelings known defensively - and Bailey just in front - leading the back 4 and pushing things forward... COYL.
    p.s. - Just picked up me fulham tickets! MIIIIILLLLLLL!

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  • July 17, 2014 at 17:35
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    Bailey all the time,He will become Millwall legend

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  • July 17, 2014 at 17:57
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    I reckon dunne would be the best captain there, but he rarely plays and is in defence so he will struggle to get the strikers to hear his voice. However bailey is a starter and plays right in the middle, so for that reason, id have to go bailey

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  • July 17, 2014 at 18:03
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    Forde - Club Captain, Bailey - Team Captain, Dunne - Vice Captain

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  • July 17, 2014 at 18:04
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    Forde - Club Captain, Bailey - Team Captain & Dunne - Vice Captain

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  • July 17, 2014 at 18:24
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    I agree with all the calls for Bailey. But my choice , tinged with sentiment would be Alan Dunne

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  • July 17, 2014 at 21:14
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    Dunne, we went 8 games unbeaten with him, he stepped up & told everyone how it was. Ain't the greatest of players but got the heart of a LOIN !!

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  • July 17, 2014 at 21:15
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    Sorry mean LION too many beers !!

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