Holloway: January signings can help Millwall stop the rot

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IAN Holloway has reiterated Millwall's desire to strengthen in January, saying that new additions are needed to "stop the rot".

Holloway believes he must overhaul his squad now rather than in the summer after a run of just two wins in 19 matches.

The Lions' final game of 2014 ended in a 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth on Sunday.

And afterwards Holloway said: "We're going to have to simplify things, go from back to front and I'm going to need some more choices.

"I'm going to need them now to help this group out, it's as simple as that. I have to bring in some other people.

"The money was all spent [in the summer] but I'm sure my chairman will help me because a lack of confidence can spread really quickly.

"We've got to stop the rot, we want to stay in this division and I want to be given a chance to build.

"I need some more options, particularly up front. We have to accept where we are now and move on.

"The chairman will help me move this on more quickly than I thought we had to because this isn't good enough.

"I need a couple of different options so that I can play a couple of different formations and that would really help.

"We need pace, a big fella and some goals up there.

"Maybe we've found a new centre half already – maybe Sid Nelson can play and maybe Jake Goodman could come back. We need to stop conceding."

But Holloway admits that making big changes in January is not going to be easy.

"The closer we are to the wrong end of the league and the harder our results, who is going to want to come here?" he said.

"Who will want to loan their players to us? It's going to be tough, we know that, and this is the worst window to do deals in.

"We were hoping to get to next summer and that the team would continue to improve but it hasn't worked.

"Not enough of them have done well enough.  For the last three seasons this group has struggled, end of story, so things aren't any different.

"We might have to break the rules on spending and get in trouble for it next year. We started the season so well that it didn't look like I had to make that many changes.

"But if people lose confidence, you need to do something else.

"The hardest thing is finding out where our market is and who is actually going to come here.

"I'd have thought Premier League clubs would lend us their players but if I can't do that at the minute then I'll have to buy some.

"You have also got to find clubs that are willing to sell right now. It's not a buying window unless you've got zillions.

"Who will sell their striker or winger halfway through a season?

"Normally the only ones you can get are the ones coming out of contract and their clubs decide to take some money now because they're not going to sign new deals."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

70 thoughts on “Holloway: January signings can help Millwall stop the rot

  • December 29, 2014 at 11:10
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    January is a terrible time to be shopping for players, but unfortunately we really have very little choice. I hate being in this position but we need to rebuild now and I am glad that the Club are taking action. also, very excited at the prospect of Goodman and Nelson playing, albeit with a more Snr Pro at their side.

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  • December 29, 2014 at 11:14
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    I've just read on twitter that we have signed Benik Afobe from arsenal,that's a good start

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    • December 29, 2014 at 11:20
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      @1885: are you sure that aint on the rumour site

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      • December 29, 2014 at 11:22
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        @Jim28: What's the score ALDO?? Any truth in this......??

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      • December 29, 2014 at 11:25
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        @Jim28: @1885: I've seen it today its only on MillwallDeals - rumour's a plenty from them!

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      • December 29, 2014 at 11:26
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        @Jim28: @Jim28: yes it was on the rumour site so probably won't happen, but it would be a good start

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        • December 29, 2014 at 11:38
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          @1885: Agree

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    • December 29, 2014 at 11:37
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      @1885: GOOD MORNING FOLKS, I DO HOPE WE ARE IN THE RUNNING FOR THIS ARSENAL PLAYER, ITS A START! WE STILL NEED ANOTHER 4 X PLAYERS, BEFORE WE CLIMB UP THE LEAGUE, ITS GIDDY- UP TIME AT MFC! NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. THE STORM. PS.LOVELY TO MEET UP WITH SOME OF THE " REAL SUPPORTERS" ON SUNDAY ( LOL), THANKS FOR THE DRINK UP, LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE.

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