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First team coach Bulpin leaves Millwall by mutual consent

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MILLWALL have parted company with first team coach Des Bulpin.

Bulpin has not been seen at the Lions' training ground for over a month and club officials have now confirmed that the 63-year-old has left The Den by mutual consent.

The experienced Glaswegian was added to Ian Holloway's backroom staff in January to help Millwall's fight against relegation.

It was announced in the summer that Bulpin would be more involved with the Lions' academy players and youth recruitment moving forward.

But he has now departed after agreeing a severance package with the club.

Marc Bircham, who was also appointed as a first team coach in the wake of Holloway's arrival, will now take on the position of assistant manager.

Confirming Bulpin's exit, Holloway told the Southwark News: "When I came in last year, I felt what I needed was a bit of extra help.

"Now that I've had a good look at the club, I've decided to change things around.

"Des is a great fella, a great coach and he'll be a big help to someone. I thank him for what he's done for me.

"Marc is my assistant manager and I intend on using Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald more to help me and get these players going."

Holloway had previously explained that Bulpin's role at the club would be changing.

"I've moved Des to make sure he tests every young player we have," he said at the start of August.

"He watches other clubs’ U21s and compares them to the ones we have got – so nobody is going to get a free ride."

Chief executive Andy Ambler added: "I would like to thank Des for his help, especially at the back end of last season, and wish him well going forward."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

14 thoughts on “First team coach Bulpin leaves Millwall by mutual consent

  • September 18, 2014 at 08:48
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    Did or will this make any difference ?

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    • September 18, 2014 at 09:07
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      @terry the turk lion: Apparently he was on his toes a month ago. I haven't noticed any changes. Looks like he didn't appreciate being demoted. Someone else off the wage bill as it doesn't look like he's being replaced.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 08:50
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    I guess he got fed up of not having a decent striker to coach!

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    • September 18, 2014 at 10:22
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      @Breadbin
      I think he got fed up with not having a decent coach to take them to games.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 08:54
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    Very strange.

    I assume he felt he was being demoted so moved on.
    Too many cooks anyhow in most teams as it's a job creation project for ex footballers.

    They all used to run pubs or drive cabs, but the money's gone from those games, so they try to keep in the game at all costs, that cost of course being ours and JB's moolah!

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    • September 18, 2014 at 09:22
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      @wongo: might be cos after today ..he'll need a visa.

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      • September 18, 2014 at 11:28
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        @Jim28: That made me laugh. Cheers Jim I needed that.

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  • September 18, 2014 at 09:38
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    Sounds like he was a piece of dead wood , among others at the club .

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  • September 18, 2014 at 09:39
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    Who gives a f***!!

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  • September 18, 2014 at 10:41
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    To be fair I thought Birch was already the assistant manager!! Well done Marc. One for the future

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  • September 18, 2014 at 11:11
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    Seems to make sense to me.
    Have we still got big Mick as our scout anyone?

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    • September 18, 2014 at 22:37
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      @wall2wall: yep, I do question to fixation of using databases for identifying new players as it means that all teams are looking at the same players throughout the leagues. We need to combine that with traditional scouting at low profile games

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  • September 18, 2014 at 11:26
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    He got the no vote from Ollie & ambler

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  • September 19, 2014 at 09:21
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    Totally agree Glyngo.
    Look at the way Peterboro keep unearthing multi million pound gems. No good watching them when there is already interest as we can't compete with bigger clubs.
    Get out to these lower profile games as you rightly say.

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