Millwall boss: Malone has been aware of Cardiff interest

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© Edmund Boyden

SCOTT Malone's recent performances for Millwall could have been affected by Cardiff's long-standing interest in him, Ian Holloway has admitted.

Malone is expected to complete a £100,000-move to the Bluebirds in the coming days after the Lions accepted a bid for the left back.

The ex-Wolves trainee was due to become a free agent in the summer, when Millwall could have lost him for nothing.

"He's out-of-contract and is he going to want to stay?" said Holloway.

"I've been talking to him for the last few weeks and his agent is the same agent as Cardiff's manager so he'd have known of the interest.

"If you haven't got a contract for next year are you going to smash into a tackle?

"[When there's interest] it's very difficult to have the commitment you need going in for tackles and things like that. He's got to sort his life out."

Some fans have questioned why Malone is being sold for so little but Holloway says the Bosman ruling, not the club, are to blame for the defender's measly price tag.

"He would have been 24 at the end of his contract and I inherited that situation," added the Millwall boss. "He'd have walked out of here for nothing and that would've been terrible.

"So I've had to do a deal – I did it last year with Liam Trotter and Liam Feeney, and that's down to the rules of the game. It's nobody's fault at the club. That's the way it is.

"It's the same for everybody and hopefully when we sign players in the future, their contracts will run beyond their 24th birthday or stop beforehand so we get compensation.

"I won't let anyone run out of contract who turns 24 just before the end of that contract. You don't buy a car and let someone else drive it away for nothing.

"But that is what football has allowed players and their agents to do. Clubs should still own a player if they're paying them the same amount of money.

"Players should not have the chance to get free transfers. If you've worked with a player and improved him, you should be in control. The rules are bonkers."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

36 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Malone has been aware of Cardiff interest

  • January 5, 2015 at 08:55
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    Sorry, Ollie, but you didn't inherit this problem. Malone had 18 months on his contract when you took over. If he was rated by the club, you and Ambler should have signed him up to a longer contract back then.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 08:58
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      @junkmale: he didn't want to resign, he wanted to leave last season, but decided to stay when we stayed up, this has been on the cards for a while, it's not ideal but if a player doesn't want to stay, then there isn't a lot you can do.

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      • January 5, 2015 at 10:45
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        @coldblowlane87: If that's the case, why don't they just say that? It's got nothing to do with Bosman has it?

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        • January 5, 2015 at 11:54
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          @junkmale: his point was that when the initial deal was negotiated, they should have either ended it before his 24th birthday or made it longer, those discussions were not done by him, once Holloway joined, Malone didn't want the extension, because he knew he'd get a better contract elsewhere if the buying club didn't have to pay a huge fee.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 09:18
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    A lot of people on here are blaming the manager, but this bloke didn't want to sign anything last season cos we looked like going down,I remember him and Morrison telling our own fans to f*** off last season on more than one occasion,and why should holloway extend a contract to someone who's an average defender with a p*** poor attitude who he's not sure if he wants to keep.as far as I'm concerned good ridden and well done Ollie for getting rid of him,he's replaceable .

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  • January 5, 2015 at 09:20
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    @borders: riddance . OOOOPS

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  • January 5, 2015 at 09:37
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    Should have sold him in summer then shouldn't wras for "not smashing into a tackle" when did he ever do that contract or not ?

    Your the one who is bonkers holloway not the rules so get on with it

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  • January 5, 2015 at 09:39
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    First of many I hope. Let's see if we can offload the likes of Hoyte and Chaplow, Hoyte and others are in a batch of crap players who don't give a s***. Chaplow, Bailey etc. belong to the class of 'injury prone'. The others like Easter, Abdou etc are good squad players. As for the defence, I'd say cheerio to Dunne and Shittu but that isn't going to happen unfortunately. What I am sure about is that within the next two weeks the Millwall starting eleven will be a lot different and will finally have 'Ollie' written all over it. Then we'll see. If Ollie was going to be given the boot that would have happened after the Norwich game. He'll be with us to the end of the season at least. Let's hope will can turn the corner and stay up.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 09:49
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      @Peckham exile: bit border line that spacky comment, was it not norris. considering what everyone says about us regarding the pikey. but yes good riddance heart was never in the shirt or a good attitude towards the fans.

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      • January 5, 2015 at 10:12
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        @lenny_lion: You're right it was. Not a lover of players who want to have a pop at the supporters. Especially the ones who think they are better players than they really are!

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:01
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    Why should Holloway reward players with a new contract when were currently sitting in the relegation zone? If I didnt do my job properly I would get sacked so the 70% of the current squad clearly are not good enough. Ship him out. He was simular to Liam Trotter. 1 good game in 10.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:04
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    These are professional footballers and their performances shouldn't be affected by these things. I just wish they would get on with their job and be 100% committed to the club that currently pay their wages.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:23
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    Malone had a few good games near the end of last season & thinks he's the b*******. He can't cross can't defend runs into defenders instead of passing. Ain't worth 2 Bob. Jog on you loser.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 17:10
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      Thought he was the b******* in reality was b*******.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:24
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    Seems Ollie is trying to cushion the blow of selling him so cheap when the club should have tied him to a new deal. We would have sold him easily for at least 250k even if he wasn't playing well. Deflecting it at the player saying he maybe wasn't giving his all because he knew of Cardiff's interest is disrespectful. What if he doesn't agree terms, he is still our player. If the club have not offered him a new deal and, as his brother said, told him before christmas they couldn't afford to give him a new one or compete with any offers that came in, what can he do but look at any offers he gets? Tired of listening to these comments slagging Malone off for not trying when almost the whole team has been poor. Good luck to him if he goes, Millwall and Ollie sort yourselves out as you are to blame by letting the contracts run down time and time again. JB, Thought you wanted to buy players like Malone who were young enough to sell on at profit?

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    • January 5, 2015 at 12:10
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      @wonky thicklips: Good post wonky. At least he turned up and played unlike Hoyte and Co who just sit back bleeding the club dry and giving nothing in return.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:31
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    I really don’t get this attitude of ‘I can’t be bothered because I don’t want to be here’. If I knew another company was looking at me to be 'head-hunted', I think I would put more effort in and work harder. This is beneficial in a couple of ways as it would/could make them more determined to want me and I'll have more negotiating power when the approach is made. Also, your present employer may come up with an even better offer to keep you.
    If IH knew Malone didn't want to stay he should have sold him at the end of last season and got more money in the deal. Why did he play him, knowing full well that he was never going to be committed to us?

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  • January 5, 2015 at 10:35
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    At the end of the day Malone isn't a great defender nor attacker, IH didn't sign him and his attitude is questionable (for want of a better word)

    I think we paid too much for him in the first place (as with everyone we've ever signed from Bournemouth - no wonder they're up there atm!) and his overinflated opinion of self-worth is clear to see..... best for all concerned he goes now whilst there's still time to get out of the bottom 3!!

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  • January 5, 2015 at 11:08
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    Changing the subject, RICARDO FULLER, now he has had a lot of detractors on here,and I certainly wasn't keen when we signed him but credit where it's due,yes he's 34/5 well he can't help that but he took his goals really well on sat(especially the disallowed one) and he really does work hard up top on his own,a difficult job for someone a lot younger let alone his age, and the class way he took that third goal,side footing from distance with pace all along the ground into the corner deserves a mention. We'v had some over the hill con men nicking a wage off us but this fella ain't one of em. So well done Rico ,I didn't fancy you but you don't hide ,you do your bit,and you are scoring goals when given the opportunity so all credit to you .

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    • January 5, 2015 at 11:50
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      @bordersarebest0170
      Only one thing wrong with your post border's.
      I have not seen one championship side give Fuller as much room as Bradford gave him on sat.
      Unlike you i thought he could do a job for us when he first came ,but now i think the championship is beyond him.
      Maybe if we are relegated he could do a job in div 1.
      Yes he took his goal's well but as i said he was given a lot of space he would not get in the championship.
      I sincerley hope he prove's me wrong from now on.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 11:33
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    So on the assumption that Malone was playing shi* because he was out of contract and looking around are we going to sell the rest of this dross.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 12:19
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    Interesting.

    Russell Slade thinks he will strengthen the Cardiff back four defensively. Malone can't defend for Toffees!

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  • January 5, 2015 at 12:30
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    @JIM1222: yeah mate, I wouldn't disagree with your comment,it's a fair point, but he did do it against wolves and they are a decent championship outfit. And he has come on in games and made a difference. But we do need younger,bigger strikers that can go the distance ,I think we are all agreed on that,I just wanted to say something possitive about him as he has had a fair bit of criticism ,only fair to redress the balance as it were.

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  • January 5, 2015 at 12:49
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    Fuller is our Paul Moody, strong and reliable workhorse, Gregory is playing the Richard Sadlier role, raw talent (at this level) but the quality is there. Now we just need to uncover our new young Neil Harris in the Jan Transfer Window... Any suggestions?

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  • January 5, 2015 at 14:11
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    Surely this issue should have been addressed at the board and managments end of season summit.A contract should have been offered and if he didn't want to know we could have cashed in.It is comparable to the way Leeds handled the Smith saga,turning down our derisory offers,giving him a new contract and then taking proper money from Fulham.The people who run our club seem to get stiffed by every agent,player,rival club and business man they have dealings with!

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  • January 5, 2015 at 15:28
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    @NORRIS: I know what your saying mate but I don't think anyone ever wanted to come in for him, you can put what price tag you like on someone but getting someone to pay it is another story.as I said in a post yesterday,the only reason Cardiff have come in now is cos he's cheap, when and who offered any big ish money for him.

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    • January 5, 2015 at 16:04
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      @bordersarebest0170: The thing is we have had a full back who doesn't want to tackle in our first 11,it can't be good for team spirit to have someone who doesn't want to be around and we have wasted 6 months of wages on him.I'm sure we could of got 250-300 in pre season or used him as leverage to get a transfer target in.

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