Holloway: Millwall pipped rivals to land Wycombe winger

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© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway has revealed how Millwall beat rival clubs to the signature of new signing Paris Cowan-Hall.

Cowan-Hall scored five times in his last six games for Wycombe and his impressive form in front of goal did not go unnoticed by League One and Championship clubs.

But the Lions moved quickly to line up the 24-year-old for a move to The Den and were able to tie him to a two-and-a-half year contract on Tuesday.

Holloway said: "We started working on this deal before he started scoring and we saw him earlier in the season when he played against us, so we know what we’re getting.

"We got ahead of the game which isn't easy to do. He has got all the attributes that I was looking for and he's hungry."

As part of the deal, Millwall youngster Fred Onyedinma will spend the rest of the season on loan at Wycombe.

"Fred needs experience and I am taking on a fella who's right for us, on the up and he's got some attributes that we badly need," Holloway added.

"Paris' only concern about coming here was leaving Wycombe, who have really improved and helped him.

"I know their manager Gareth Ainsworth from QPR and he's been brilliant about it.

"We have given them Fred for the rest of the season and he’s a slightly junior, ready-made replacement.

"They've also got some money for the kid which they wouldn't have done in a few months' time because his contract was expiring. We've benefitted and they've benefitted."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

60 thoughts on “Holloway: Millwall pipped rivals to land Wycombe winger

  • December 30, 2014 at 22:38
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    a good signing I think ...2 proper wingers now we need a good centre forward to play with Gregory

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    • December 31, 2014 at 09:32
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      @SE17 Lion: SE17 lets hope he plays him in his position rather than trying him some where different like he always seems too. Its a shame that Fred has gone the other way thou.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 22:41
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    I don't understand why the club fired Lomas after a poor half-season of results, yet Holloway, with two equally bad half-seasons under his belt, is going to be backed to make more signings.

    The biggest problem at the moment is a failing manager. We can appoint as many new players as we like (just as Holloway did at Palace), but the main problem isn't going to go away. Holloway has shown he’s not the man for the job - he's made too many bad signings and more importantly over 46 league games, he’s failed to make the most of the large squad of players at his disposal. To me the bloke seems tactically and mentally unhinged - great for a laugh when we sometimes win, but more often than not now, a complete embarrassment with his ridiculous excuses.

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    • December 30, 2014 at 22:58
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      @Micky Lions: I don't know why people still feel the need to compare Lomas to Holloway, when they're both of different calibre. Many fans seem to think Millwall is a quick fix job and that by replacing the manager (AGAIN) will make us better, however that is not the case. We have been poorly run for some time now, evident by the deals we do and sh*t we have signed.

      NO ONE could replace Ollie and make an immediate effect.

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      • December 30, 2014 at 23:14
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        @Dazi: your right you cant compare someone with such a s*** record to any other mansger

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      • December 30, 2014 at 23:39
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        @Dazi: Our problem stems from well back during KJ's last season...in essence he buggered off knowing full well that he neither had the quality players we crave nor the finances to get quality players. Lomas I feel had to still deal with the same players as the players he brought in spent most of his short tenure injured. Which leads us to Holloway. Upon reflection again he had been left with most of KJ squad as Lomas's choices are still injured and I feel he is trying different positions and styles to find out whether KJ's squad can play and has failed...the summer will be interesting as most players will be gone and we will rebuild again. Has happened before, will happen again in the future.

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        • December 31, 2014 at 09:14
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          @vonhardshaft:
          Kenny Jackett was a god in most peoples opinions, Steve Lomas was useless in most peoples opinions, and according to most most on here Ian Holloway does not have a clue and is unhinged.
          How about some facts to back up these assertions, because opinions are like aresholes, everbodys got one, just that some opinions just might as well have come out of their rear end.
          KJ's last 24 matches in charge
          W5 D5 L14 Pts 20 Goals F 17 - A 33

          SL's 22 matches in charge
          W5 D6 L11 Pts 21 Goals F 25- A 46

          IH's first 22 matches in charge
          W6 D8 L9 Pts 26 Goals F 20 - A 25

          This season (24 matches)
          W5 D8 L11 Pts 23 Goals F 24 - A 40

          SL's first 22 matches were more productive than KJ's last 24 matches, more points gained, more goals scored BUT more goals conceded.

          IH's first 22 matches in charge were more productive than SL's 22 matches, more points gained, less goals scored but a much tighter defence.

          So Ian Holloway is crap ??? well according to the above, this season his last 24 matches have been more productive than Kenny Jacketts !!, more points gained, seven more goals scored but seven more conceded.

          And as for Steve Lomas, he had a better record than Kenny Jackett...

          We are just a little bit better now, than KJ's last season in charge........
          not as good as the end of last season I grant you.....so lets all get a sense of perspective and get behind the club and the team

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          • December 31, 2014 at 09:32
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            @eio: if your gonna go by vermin & nutters first 22 you should at least look at kj's first 22 when we had wood..i think kj's record is a lot better..you must work for the goverment the way you presented those figures..

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          • December 31, 2014 at 10:12
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            @Jim28: Kj's first 22 with Wood and Kane in the side
            W10 D6 L6 Pts 36 Goals F 34 - A29, which just goes to show that with a proven pair of strikers, we can push on.
            But I was merely pointing out that with what we have inherited from KJ, we are pretty much on a par now, as when he left the club, and that with similar squad at their disposal all three managers have performed pretty much to the same standard.
            A stronger attack would take the pressure off our defence with the consequence that we will score more and concede less and in the process gain more points, but with the squad that he has at his disposal, the IH's record stands up against Kj's final squad

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      • December 31, 2014 at 00:48
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        @Dazi: Only time will tell if sticking with Holloway is the right thing or not. All I'm saying is Holloway has had twice as long as Lomas despite doing an equally bad job. Based on what we've seen, if Holloway was a ginger-haired, Irish ex-hammer, he'd have long been shown the door by now.

        Personally I was against Holloway as manager cos I thought he seemed washed-out at Palace. But like every Millwall manager I've given him a chance and I haven't slagged him off at games. But we have to put the club first and I believe he's doing us more harm than good now. Forget letting him make more signings. From all the dislikes, my opinion is in a big-minority here, but I say it's time for him to go.

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    • December 30, 2014 at 23:11
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      @Micky Lions: @bermlion: @Micky Lions: I agree mostly with your views. The main problem is Holloway, and his bizarre tactics. I do not like the deal that leaves Fred at Wycombe for the rest of the season, and would have preferred him playing for Millwall ( heavens he is better than some of the dross playing for us now.)

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      • December 30, 2014 at 23:49
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        @Peckhamlad: But it is quite a big leap from youth and reserve matches to Championship games. Adrenalin and excitement can get you through the first few games, but once he or any youngsters settle down, they will show both their inadequecy and immaturity. Loaning players out is a good thing. It shows whether they develop or not. Marquis is a prime example. He could have been a good player and has shown that he is not suited to Championship level. He barely showed that he was capable in the lower leagues. It has worked for all other clubs in order to develop their youngsters, yet we expect them to step up. We used to do it and produced some great players, but with KJ practically getting rid of our academy system during his time as a manager has cost us dearly. I hope that we continue to send our youngsters out and that they come back stronger mentally and gradually introduce them into the senior squad.

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        • December 31, 2014 at 11:18
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          @vonhardshaft: Seems strange then that Wycombe are pleased to keep hold of Fred but don't mind shipping this Cowan-Hall to us?

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          • December 31, 2014 at 12:27
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            @Peckhamlad: because they get some money for him now, rather than lose him for free in the summer, they get a kid similar but without the experience to see them thru for what they hope will be promotion, for us we get a young player getting experience playing regularly, win win for all concerned.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 10:02
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        It is a good sensible signing, and for once it's us getting a player on the cheap because the players was running his contract down. He is in good form, fast and direct, will get the ball in the box for Gregory to attack. Fred staying there on loan sweetens the deal as we have just signed the player that was keeping him out of the Wycombe team. I for one think holloway has done some shrewd business here.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 07:22
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      @Micky Lions:
      How many bad signings has holloway made? Name them. All his signings last season did a job and helped keep us up so can't s*** him off for those as he had no budget because lomas had spent it all in the summer! He had scraps to work with and done well to get who he did. His only bad signings this season have been Webster IMO and possibly Briggs, however both of them came with good backgrounds so it's just unfortunate they haven't performed. Fuller isn't a bad signing he's just over used but is a handy squad player and a good pro to have around. The others all have potential. Some people really do talk out their a*** and come out with the same old s***, this is about the 5th time lately I've put someone right on this subject. Do your research.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 08:36
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        @82wall: your never get my vote if you continue saying fuller is good.ffs he needs oxygen if he makes more then one run

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        • December 31, 2014 at 10:12
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          @Jim28:
          I know, because as I said in my above post, HES OVER USED! Hes 35! If we had more options he wouldn't have played half as much. A man his age shouldn't be a first choice or 2nd choice striker at this level with all the pace in today's game. Same with shittu. Carlos Edwards has a lot of pace which is rare for a 36 year old so he could handle it a bit better and fitted in perfectly. In an ideal world fuller would be a 3rd/4th choice striker but we don't have that option unfortunately. Not his fault how often he gets picked. Goal Stats don't mean a great deal or prove a lot but he is 2nd on our list. So unfair to dig him out when he's played more of a part this season than ALOT of others.

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          • December 31, 2014 at 10:22
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            @82wall: That's the thing about Fuller. Smith was the player IH really wanted to get in to play up front. Fuller was only ever the backup player. He's OK for short bursts but not 90 minutes. That plan didn't work out for Ollie, but the other permanent signings have been good.
            IMHO Webster will come good for us - he has hardly had a run in the team and when he has he has played with Dunne (which is a recipe for disaster). Williams, Upson, Edwardes, Gregory - all good signings. This new lad looks good too.
            If (and it's looking a big if) we can survive this season, a substantial re-build over the summer should set us up nicely for next season. Looking at the other clubs in this division, I am struggling to see three worse teams at the moment, but there's a long way to go and a couple more decent signings in January might see us through the mire.

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          • December 31, 2014 at 10:36
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            @junkmale:
            Spot on, as I've said many times the major ins and outs will be in the Summer.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 10:35
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        @82wall: I think it is unfair on Webster and Briggs. The reason that they played well for their previous clubs is that they consistently played for their previous clubs. Webster has been fed scraps and has not settled at all. You can't expect a player to settle in if he is not played. CB hardly get substituted unless the manager has made tactical errors. As for Briggs, he was playing consistently for Fulham too but when they got relegated, they had to cut down the squad, as £20m parachute payments are not that much when you have players on £30k* a week wages (*unverified). One thing we have lacked is a consistent manager with consistent tactics and formation.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 10:39
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        @82wall
        If IH has made all these good signing's,why are we third bottom of the league,could it be that IH is cocking up somewhere along the line.
        so you have put 5 people right have you,dont be so arrogant,believe me there are a more than a few on here that do not agree with you.
        Your argument is let down solely by the fact we are third from bottom,also you failed to mention those two great loan signing's campbell and johnson.
        by your own admission on putting 5 people right perhap's you should be made manager.
        so please face fact's and stop looking at thing's through rose tinted glasses'
        FACT IS WE ARE IN THE BOTTOM THREE largely due to some of the weird decisions made by ollie.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 23:00
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    THATS WHAT WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR, NOW GET 3 X MORE PLAYERS AND WE ARE READY TO TAKE THIS LEAGUE ( DARE I SAY) BY "STORM". - STORMIN' NORMAN IS GETTING READY FOR MORE TRAVELLING TO SEE MFC ON OUR AWAY - DAYS!NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. ( IN OLLIE WE TRUST).

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    • December 30, 2014 at 23:13
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      @bermlion: The same stuff was said about some of Lomas's signings, Holloway is rubbish. The sooner he rides into the sunset the better.

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    • December 30, 2014 at 23:21
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      @bermlion: good to see some results go our way tonight..and a pacey winger..just hope fuller can keep up..NOLU WDC

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    • December 31, 2014 at 09:39
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      @bermlion: MAY I TAKE THIS MOMENT IN TIME TO WISH EVERYBODY A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR CELEBRATION TONIGHT.........................AND MAY SUCCESS LAST EACH AND EVERY - DAY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR [ 2015 ]........................
      STORMIN' NORMAN & SUE. : " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE"

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    • December 30, 2014 at 23:41
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      @millwallgracie98
      We all have sense,it's just that we interperate thing's differantly ,if i agree with you it makes sense if i dont agree with you it dont make sense.
      So holloway has us in a bad position,this is a long way due to his stupid decision's ,his new signing's might get us out the mire,but the fact remain's we should not be where we are in the first place,so whatever people think that's ollies fault FULLSTOP.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 23:25
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    Holloway we need a strong froward so can go back to basics 4-4-2 please.

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    • December 30, 2014 at 23:31
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      @millwallse16: agree and I think the next striker they have been watching is playing against us in the fa cup this Saturday. we can all have a good assessment on how he apply himself attacking our defence???

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      • December 30, 2014 at 23:39
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        @Lion: I'd expect him not to play if we are going to sign Hanson. We wouldn't want him cup tied.

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      • December 30, 2014 at 23:43
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        @Lion: crikey lion, we won't see too much to be impressed with if he's to test himself against our defence. Think southend last season!!!!! Pretty much the same back line.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 23:41
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    We're at the cross road of our championship survival, if the new faces and Holloways consistence tinkering of the team fail I've no doubt it's leaque one football next season as he's gambling with JB money, we need a good run of results like last season but I just worry his formations and not playing a set team might be our undoing , if we're in the relegation positions come beginning of March I'll be calling for his head for sake of the club.

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  • December 30, 2014 at 23:56
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    Great singing! Must defo b planning ahead for league1 next season..now go n get a fu@kin good striker to score som goals

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      • December 31, 2014 at 08:33
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        @eio: I really hope he's not. Surely, we've got our eye on better forwards than him? Okay, he did a half decent job while he was here at the end of last season but this smacks of desperation.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 09:08
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        @eio: a short term deal to test his desire would be good. The Hoff never set the world alight but he did well for us and held the ball up brilliantly.

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        • December 31, 2014 at 10:02
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          @glyngo: At least it would give the opposing CBs something to think about.

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      • December 31, 2014 at 09:38
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        @eio:Maierhofer in talks over shock Millwall return..and two other clubs are interested...you forgot to mention he's only played 4 games this season(mind you thats 4 more then the last time we signed him).
        You can just see it fuller & hof on the same pitch.dont bare thinking about

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        • December 31, 2014 at 10:13
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          @Jim28: @Jim28: I think he is a presence and gets stuck in, ok not the most gifted of players Jim but will make room for Gregory to find more space in the box ! He will keep the oppositions defenders on their toes. That's what he would bring to the team. Once the wingers start pinging in crosses he will cause lots of panic for defenders , and I feel that's what we need a big presence in the box, he could do us a turn.

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        • December 31, 2014 at 10:21
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          @Jim28: Don't shoot the messenger !!!!, just reporting the news. Even if this story is true, I can imagine that it would take him about 5-6 weeks to get match fit..........not a lot of help in the present circumstances. Would much prefer a proven striker from lower division, who is match fit, proven and can push the team on this season and next

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          • December 31, 2014 at 10:36
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            @eio: apparently he was begging to come back he was useful but he does need a quiet word about showing respect to those who built you back up from the scrapheap but hof could do a job again i think

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  • December 31, 2014 at 00:10
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    February is our crunch month. We make ours and possibly Holloway's destiny with the results we get then. Surely it is now time for the Ollie out mob to shut up. He is still here and even if we lose to Blackpool next month he has to stay. No manager in the transfer window plus a contract termination pay-off would just be suicide for the club. Get behind Ollie now, whatever the feelings about this half of the season.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 00:26
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      @Canterbury pilgrim: I agree Iam not ollies biggest fan I think he makes stupid decisions when it comes to substitutions. But it would be daft to get rid now & PLEASE no more talk about that dirty ginger vermin c***.

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    • December 31, 2014 at 11:27
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      @Canterbury pilgrim: I'm one of the "Ollie out mob as you kindly describe us. Im fact my heart is in the future of our great club and since this manager has been in place h has made us the whipping boys of the championship. I am not fooled by his rhetoric, or antics. I want the club to stay up and be what it once was, a club to be proud of and to be feared. Until Holloway goes nothing will change except maybe and heavens forbid the club going down. Only a new manager can give the club the impetus it needs, and not another washed up manager either.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 00:22
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    It is good to sign promising young players but this guy will not make the difference on whether we stay up or not. We need someone to score goals and better defense.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 06:08
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    Good work IH, couple more similar type players please!!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 08:40
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    hope we've paid by the inch, this fella is only 4ft odd in his mums high heels !!!!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 09:04
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    So he'll be on the bench until March?

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  • December 31, 2014 at 09:27
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    Its a start, but we need a CB and striker, end of. And also, don't include Dunne from any team sheet, he's a liability, and has been for years. (Apart from 1 or 2 games at end of last season before you all start moaning). We do have to be realistic and understand that top strikers are not going to come here, because of where we are, our crowds and lack of money, so if we can get Obika for £600K, that would be a steal.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:00
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    I dunno if anyone has seen it but the South London press is saying we are back in talks with the hoff. Seems like 442 is gonna be the way for the rest of the season not unless he is gonna drop Gregory out of it.

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:04
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    Think Holloways main problem is that he STILL does not seem to know what his best XI is. Constantly chopping and changing is no good for anyone. Get your core team and stick with them, let them work together as a team and you will start to get results. Get rid of the useless driftwood off of the wage bill and work with a 20 man squad like the good old days. Someone at the Board level should be dictating that this is what we need. If Holloway can't do that then maybe we would be better off with a new manager. I know it would be dangerous to change manager now but if he does not change how he manages our team then I think it's even more dangerous!

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  • December 31, 2014 at 10:57
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    As far as the manager and team goes, I think those last 8 games of last season prove that IH is able to stick to a lineup and formation once he finds the one he is happy with and it's not disrupted by injuries, suspensions, big-time Charlie's silly wage demands or the inability to bring in the players he wants to do it.
    I'm not making excuses for him, he certainly has his faults, but I think all of us are underestimating the problem with these 20-odd players being out of contract in the Summer and how hard it has been for him to sign the players he wanted.
    I think there were similar murmurs of discontent on here just before we started that little run last season, and they also greeted the signing of Carlos Edwards - which turned out to be a revelation.
    I think it's fairly obvious he tried to stick to that formula that brought that run, but Hof wanted too much money to stay and all suitable like-for-like replacements turned us down so it seems as though the first half of this season has been back to the 'make the best of what we've got' situation we had when IH arrived. Not ideal, but not entirely his fault and not a problem exclusive to IH - if we sacked him and brought a new manager in he'd find the same problem, but it would similarly take him all of the January transfer window (at least) to find that out.
    The Paris signing is a great start. Let's hope there's more on the way.
    As for this out-of-contract players saga, I can only imagine that it's a matter of trying to keep them all happy because, even the ones you don't want to keep you might need to play for you at some stage (so they need to be kept fit not just for that reason but if you get the chance to offload them sooner) the ones you do want to keep you need to keep happy and away from the clutches of rival clubs, and you've also got to contend with the ones who are sulking over not being offered a new deal sooner and possibly disrupting the dressing room.
    As Aldo said on Twitter, Lomas couldn't handle 7 out of contract players let alone 24 so I don't think any of us know exactly what the club are up against.
    Let's hold our nerve, try really hard to stay loyal to the manager our club has decided to keep faith in, get behind The Lions and, all being well, I honestly believe that once we get this season and the ridiculous (hopefully never-to-be-repeated) contract farce out of the way, things will massively improve.
    Happy New Year to Millwall everywhere! COYL

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  • January 1, 2015 at 20:16
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    Why doesn't the f****** like and dislike work on my I phone !!

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