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Gueye needs to be shown the "right path" – Millwall boss

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IAN Holloway is determined to help Magaye Gueye get his career back on track.

The Lions have snapped up the winger, formerly of Everton, on a one-year contract after he impressed during a two-week trial stint.

Holloway admits there is some risk attached to the signing but believes he can bring out Gueye's undoubted talent during his time at The Den.

"I'm delighted to get him signed up – I have found him to be a very pleasant boy," said the Millwall boss.

"He wants to listen, he wants to learn and I want him to fulfil his potential.

"Every now and again you take on a player like him. I'm going to try to help him and put him straight. Players lose their way for all sorts of reasons.

"I want to get him back on the right path and get him enjoying his football again. When he's fit he's a really good player."

Gueye faces a race against time to be fit for the season-opener against Leeds on August 9.

The 24-year-old, who is receiving guidance from the club about where to live, has been starved of competitive action over the past 12 months.

"I can't see him starting," Holloway said. "I don't think he will be ready – but he might be in the squad. It's all down to him really.

"It was important that we got the contract sorted out in a way that was suitable for us and will enable us to help him with some issues.

"We've managed to do that – which wasn't easy – so onwards and upwards."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

36 thoughts on “Gueye needs to be shown the "right path" – Millwall boss

  • July 28, 2014 at 08:49
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    Well if anyone can sort him out , Ollie can ! Show him the way to Success Ian, and US fans will do the REST ! ( NOLU, WDC ). .

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  • July 28, 2014 at 09:05
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    What a load of b*******. He's 24 & lost his way. Ollie just give him a good slap & tell him to grow a pair.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 09:27
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      @block 28: good old fashioned treatment block.i agree players these days do seem to be fragile..

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      • July 28, 2014 at 10:32
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        @Jim28: Yeah good one.... give him the old fashioned treatment then he will be p*** poor, not hitting his potential and considered a "wage thief" by you.... just what he wants and us fans want.... Pathetic comment!!

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        • July 28, 2014 at 11:08
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          @Bradders: fergie throwing something at beckam didn't do him any harm. & do u think a bricklayer not doing his job would get his guvner putting arm round him. Pathetic comment.

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          • July 28, 2014 at 11:21
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            @block 28: Oh yeah that's right... Beckham left United after the incident where he won Champions League, the Premier League countless times, FA Cup countless times and played for Madrid where he won the league and local cup in 4 years... considered by many as a very unsuccessful 4 years!!! Such a shocking comparison.

            You cannot compare working on site to playing football or even working in an office, completely different worlds!!

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          • July 28, 2014 at 12:02
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            @block 28: thats what I was trying to say block 28, I was a bricklayer and if I come to work with the hump the foreman didn't cuddle me, would have f@@ked me off down the road.

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        • July 28, 2014 at 11:23
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          @Bradders: when did i say that he was a wage thief.& there no reason why he would p*** poor. Chrus hacket had a serious family issue .but played some of his best football

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          • July 28, 2014 at 11:28
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            @Jim28: It was an example of what would happen if he was given a slap and told to grow a pair.... you don't know what has happened in his life, nor do I but it has affected his football enough for him to need an arm round him.

            For instance if he was given "a good slap" as you so lovingly put it and plays horrendous because his head has dropped, then many would end up calling him a wage thief for being a waste of space....

            Life isn't always a box of roses and everyone is different, because Chris Hackett was able to just carry on doesn't mean everybody else can do exactly the same!!

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    • July 28, 2014 at 14:40
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      @block 28: Hi Jim28 & block28 - have we still got these 'POWDER - PUFF' supporters about ? ( after our 2x homes , see you guys at Fulham! ) .

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      • July 28, 2014 at 15:08
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        @BUSHWACKER14: perhaps bradders would go out of his way and take care of gueye. .will be at fulham bush

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      • July 28, 2014 at 16:04
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        @BUSHWACKER14: powder puff u can't say that lol c u at Fulham

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        • July 28, 2014 at 17:10
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          @block 28: No, sorry to those offended- LOL . ( hey, anyone seen STORMIN' ? time he made an appearance.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 17:48
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      @block 28: Every man can "lose their way" at any age. Every man can walk from high salaries if their head is not in the right place. I am not sure what issues exist for him, but if by already slagging him off by telling him to "grow a pair" is an example of what some are going to be shouting at him from the stands, then he is likely not to settle well. This man has run 100m in 10.13 seconds so I reckon keep the slagging off to a minimum and we can all help and let IH turn this potential into a confident player.

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      • July 30, 2014 at 13:42
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        @SE14: Your post will go over the heads of these benefit-busting, narrow minded idiots who haven't ever managed staff before and think everyone should sort themselves out by "growing a pair".... most b******* statement I have ever heard!!

        Ultimately people & players are responsible for what they do and their actions, but nothing wrong with a bit of help & guidance along the way!!

        I'll be at Fulham backing the lads and singing my heart out!!

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  • July 28, 2014 at 10:13
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    This is what I get f@@ked off with footballers need a arm round they poxy shoulders and get 10k a week or what ever just to play football, let them try and lay bricks all day then they will know what going to work is all about, t******.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 10:31
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      @foxy: Doesn't matter whether you lay a brick, play football or are a manager in an office..... people get affected by things/problems outside of work which affect them from doing their best at work!! This guy is only 24, still a youngster, why shouldn't he have someone supporting him at work.... it will only benefit us as fans and him as an individual (Win-Win)!

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  • July 28, 2014 at 10:22
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    Seems that Ollie is confident he can turn him around. Griggs also seems to be carrying some baggage so now not so sure Ollie will want to take two 'problems' on. I am still confident that this elusive striker will be signed within the next couple of days though.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 10:32
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      @NICKOLA: Hope you are right about the Striker Nic.

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  • July 28, 2014 at 10:36
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    There is, from my experience of running a business, no ‘one way suits all’ method of treating staff, i.e. players. Some need an arm around the shoulder to get the best, others a rant and rave. Look at Toure bless him, his birthday cake was not big enough, most, no less be honest, all Millwall fans will think ‘prima donna Muppet’ BUT we would all have him in the team so you treat him differently from someone like Dunny and Robbo, but you leave management to sort out what type of characters will fit in, which is what I think Ollie thinks he can do and the players to sort out the camaraderie in the team.
    I know nothing about the lad so this is just my impression, if the crowd get behind him and he feels wanted and the passion, and let’s face it we are probably the best fan’s for doing that, he will respond, if however we as fans get on his back when things are not going right, and sorry to say some sections of the crowd are also very good at that as well, Bywater for instance, we could end up with another guy who does not want to be there. We also have to remember his English is supposed to be not that good which is always going to be a barrier. Again give the lad a chance he is one of our own now no doubt the talent is there, which is actually the most important thing, all we have to do is let the lad feel an important integral part of the club.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 10:53
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      @lennie the lion: Absolutely, it's all about getting to know your employees... in Ollie's case his players, which will help him get the best out of them.

      Nobody is the same, each one will take it differently, some will get pumped up with a shouting at.... some will drop their heads and be completely fu**** off with a grilling meaning their performance will hugely differ with the way they are treated.

      I agree @lennie that we need to play our part and get behind the lad and team!!

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  • July 28, 2014 at 10:50
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    I agree lennie this boy has potential give him time to get fit and us fans encourage him and his confidence will rise then you'll see a good maybe great player

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  • July 28, 2014 at 11:17
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    I'm a bit of both, all players need support of various kinds but the player also has a responsibility to the club and supporters to do their bit. Of course it's a jungle and when ya earning big bucks it shouldn't be all easy street. Whatever happens good luck to this kid and hope he understands that it's the choices he makes which will put him in either the penthouse or the shithouse.

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    • July 28, 2014 at 11:42
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      @grassgrower: well said. But he won't be able to do that until he learns how to talk English like us proper salf Londoners

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      • July 28, 2014 at 13:52
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        I feel for the lad - how is he ever going to learn to speak English with the crowd shouting and swearing in sarf london accents and then Ollie giving him instructions in West Country Shitkicker speak. The boy is going to get well confused... lets hope his feet do the talking instead!@block 28:

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        • July 28, 2014 at 15:22
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          @tallchap18: dont forget he was on merseyside for 4yrs.

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          • July 28, 2014 at 17:07
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            @Jim28: that explains why he can't speak English. And being near than whinning c**** didn't help

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  • July 28, 2014 at 12:26
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    I think Ollie thrives on this sort of 'challenge'

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  • July 28, 2014 at 13:24
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    He's working in a foreign country and still very young - I think this situation is very different from other "wage thieves" we've had in the past - if he needs support then he'll get it providing he's willing to work hard for the club! Can't wait to see him fit and firing COYL

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    • July 29, 2014 at 00:17
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      @Peckhamlad: i have no doubt he will get the backing once he's on the pitch .i'll bet it will be the 1st game

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  • July 28, 2014 at 17:05
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    I watched an interview of him on millwall player. He speaks English very well. We were led to believe he couldn't speak any, but that's not true, he can.

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  • July 28, 2014 at 18:36
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    He needs encouragement and support from all us fans, no doubt he has great potential and I am delighted that IH believes in wingers. Might he be another Gordon Hill? Hope so

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  • July 29, 2014 at 09:59
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    Well I am shocked at some of these comments. Lions fans seem to have become all pink and fluffy. My opinion for what it's worth, grow up. We're talking about playing football and getting paid more than most of us could ever dream of. If playing football is too tough go and get a proper job.

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    • July 30, 2014 at 13:50
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      @Chipplefuddywick: Another pathetic comment, clearly haven't managed anyone before!! It's all about getting the best out of your staff and players, if you can do that then it's a benefit for everyone including us fans!

      Yes he is responsible for himself and it is down to him whether he wants to work hard, but everyone needs help/guidance at some point in their life.... or is that not the case with you, always sailed through life without 1 single bit of advice or help whether that's from a boss or family member??? No???

      Nothing pink & fluffy about getting guidance and having help through life to make you a better person.... Really F***s me off some of these bull**** comments and they seem mostly from people who most likely have dead end jobs, earning a weekly wage which is bear minimum and haven't experienced much in life.... poor f***ers!!

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  • July 30, 2014 at 13:49
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    Whens Chris Wood turning up ??

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