Millwall CEO: Not replacing Bulpin sooner was a mistake

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ANDY Ambler believes the club made a mistake by not immediately replacing first team coach Des Bulpin when he parted ways with the club in September.

Bulpin left the club a month into the season when the Lions were towards the top-end of the Championship table but Ian Holloway did not bring in a successor straight away.

Nigel Gibbs was eventually added to the backroom team in mid-December but Ambler admits it was an error not to strengthen Holloway's coaching staff sooner.

"It was a mistake," Ambler said. "We should have brought in somebody like Nigel straight away.

"Hindsight is a wonderful thing but when Des left we'd picked up ten points out of 15 and the squad was doing well. Progressively things have changed.

"I think the manager has tried to do too much himself during the last few months.

"Sometimes the manager has to step away from things for a couple of days and sometimes having a more experienced coach can be invaluable, so Nigel is really important for the rest of the season.

"I only wish he'd have been in place in September, so getting him in was critical."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

67 thoughts on “Millwall CEO: Not replacing Bulpin sooner was a mistake

  • January 7, 2015 at 14:06
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    Well we still haven't done too good since Nigel Gibbs arrived. The Problem is a bit Deeper then that, even the Fans know this . ( NOLU, WDC ).

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      • January 7, 2015 at 19:39
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        @Steve: you have a point but in the end the ceo runs the company not the manager..so if he sees a problem he should speak to olly. and sort it

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  • January 7, 2015 at 14:15
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    So it's taken until January to come up with this excuse, surely you could have done better than that Ambler.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 14:20
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    I must say that you never noticed the change over it is seamless, as the teams performances don't seem any different, so is there anything else you want to get off your chest Andy while you are in the confessional.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 14:26
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    Funny he doesn't mention the wisdom in appointing the current or previous manager.

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    • January 7, 2015 at 15:21
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      @glyngo: Don't get all the dislikes just for asking a perfectly good question Glyngo.

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      • January 7, 2015 at 15:27
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        @Barnlion: I take no notice mate, like/dislikes are for people that need validation from others.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 15:38
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          @glyngo: I think it was a perfectly good question to ask as well Glyngo. Strange.

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          • January 7, 2015 at 15:49
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            @potty1: Maybe the players are reading the posts?????

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          • January 7, 2015 at 16:33
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            @potty1: Picture a fat sad virgin dressed in fake stone island clobber sitting in the Blue anchor or Vic.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 16:25
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          Glyngo, very true mate and well said. Lets see how many sheep dislike this post click away you mongs.

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      • January 7, 2015 at 16:22
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        There is a clique of mongs on here mate, Sad really grown men looking for points.

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    • January 7, 2015 at 16:36
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      @glyngo: 10 dislikes for the geezer asking a straight question. Eventually this board will be left with the same 5 posters.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 20:20
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          @Jim28: No i won't shut up don't read my posts it's simple. Do you come on here to be entertained? If it bores you f****** don't read it and get a hobby. This board has lost and is losing some good posters because no matter what they post it gets f*** loads of dislikes which puts them off and eventually they don't bother.Not good for aldo and the advertisers if bods don't use the site. You and your clique bore the f*** out of me so i ignore what you post,try doing the same it's not difficult if you have a brain.

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      • January 7, 2015 at 16:59
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        @Eightieswall: I can't stand the like/dislike thing anymore. At first it was interesting to see what views/comments were popular or not, but the dislike button, been taken over by a load of trolls without any sense of humour or irony.

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        • January 7, 2015 at 20:33
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          @Micky Lions: I agree with you mate,there was some good characters on here but they don't seem to bother anymore. It will end up with the same 5 idiots agreeing with what there mate has said and no one else will bother.Some of the stuff written about this site on hof and Millwall online is hilarious and most reckon it's the Millwall version of the palace ultras.

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          • January 8, 2015 at 00:37
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            @eightieswall
            Who are the five idiot's you talk about ,you have just slagged jim28 off because he want's people to shut up about the dislike button, i dont worry over the dislike button ,in fact the more i get the funnier it is.
            All jim28 did was make a statement that the dislike button situation is getting boring,and you turned it into a personal thing ,have you ever thought it might be your attitude that turn's people off this site.
            Please dont think i am defending jim28,as he is capable of doing that himself.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 14:39
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    We made a mistake in not replacing the millwall CEO 3 seasons ago

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  • January 7, 2015 at 14:48
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    Are there any other major gaffs you'd care to admit to while we're at it Mr Ambler?

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  • January 7, 2015 at 15:01
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    Let's not worry about the past. Move on and let's get it right from today. Invest in the youth, strengthen the defense, right back and centre back plus a strong striker who can hold up the ball and win headers. Doesn't have to be prolific just able to bring people around into play and make life difficult for the opposition. Gregory will get goals and Maggy and the new lad can bring the pace.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 15:44
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    Hindsight is a wonderful thing. We made a error & the club made a mistake. Still can't see where ambler is putting his hands up for it.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 16:03
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    Regardless of the rights or wrongs of the first team coach position, or of Mr Ambler's, the timing of this latest MFC drivel is probably meant ti deflect attention away from Mr Holloway

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  • January 7, 2015 at 16:09
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    Rumour has it Bulpin didn't get on with Bircham. Also heard players aren't too keen on Bircham either.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 16:11
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    What's happened to the Fan on the Board, he never tells us what's happening. Only blows his own trumpet now and then. He walks hand in hand with Ambler

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  • January 7, 2015 at 16:48
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    How comes Ambler makes these comments now? He has said nothing about the disastrous run of recent results, blaming it on the lack of a good first team coach for a while is a distraction from the true causes, a manager who is not up to the job, poor signings, lack of funds, a chairman who is mostly absent and Ambler's own ineptitude.

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    • January 7, 2015 at 17:03
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      @Peckhamlad: Great post. So the first team coach Gags on and we have been s****! What has Ollie and Hartford been doing then ? I thought the were great coaches as well as being a scout and a manager ! Stick em in the office or the millwall shop !

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        • January 7, 2015 at 19:33
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          @lionrampant: he's a 6'3 striker not a great scoring record but he is still quite young..played for england u17 & 19's...and he's from lewisham

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          • January 7, 2015 at 20:30
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            Thanks Jim didn't know him from Adam! Just heard he was mentioned

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    • January 7, 2015 at 17:10
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      @Peckhamlad: I've been saying for ages that it doesn't help with Berylson not being resident here. He might watch the games on a video-link, but its not the same as being at games and seeing how the fans feel or the club is being run on a day-to-day basis. Given the situation, I think we need a much better calibre of CEO.

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      • January 7, 2015 at 17:53
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        @Micky Lions: I make you right,but if he was here and witnessed what he gets for his money he may well jack it in.

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      • January 7, 2015 at 20:54
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        @Micky Lions: I agree mate, We are being run by business men and not football people.We should have someone like Les Brilley or McCleary on the board as a football advisor.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 17:49
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    What does Andy (Rambler) expect obvious statements like this to achieve? Even though it is set in stone that every team requires a full time coach we decided to wing it without one and he required the miracle of hindsight and a dreadful slide down the table for the penny to drop? The bloke treats us like children with his inane retrospective ramblings, couple this with IH's constant waffle and our lack of vision/ambition/funds in the transfer/loan market and it's turning into a joke.

    Sooner or Later JB is really going to get bored of this ever decreasing circle and more importantly he won't keep pumping millions into a lost cause.... Then we will see the true scale of this mess..... Let's hope we can somehow turn it around LIVO!!!!

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  • January 7, 2015 at 18:09
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    Whether you like Ambler or not the vast majority of you were blowing your loads when he was instrumental in bringing Holloway in. Whatever role he may or may not play behind the scenes re transfers, contracts etc. he isn't responsible for what Holloway sends his team out to do every game.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 18:22
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    Just promote Harris to first team coach and we may forgive you - though Birch was ok(ish) as a player can anyone take him seriously as a coach ?

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  • January 7, 2015 at 18:48
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    What Ambler really meant was it was a mistake to appoint Andy Ambler.
    How can any club have so many out of contract at one time?

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    • January 7, 2015 at 18:58
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      @wongo: I mentioned this to my dearest pal (who gets to the Den much more often than I do these days) and he honestly believes that we are gearing up for life in League One and are prepared to clear the wage bill rather than obtaining fees for the players. Makes sense doesn't it really and our loan targets say as much too.

      I live near Wycombe Wanderers and the WW fans I know say this Paris kid is an above average L2 player at this point and may be able to do a bit in in L1 but doubt he is anywhere near ready for the Championship, I predict another Feeney there.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 19:25
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    Someone posted a genuine question regarding Amblers statement,
    and a load of tits dislike it? I think there seems to be more of a problem
    with some 'so called' Millwall supporters on this board than players.
    Jesus Christ, some of you keyboard warriors need to book yourself
    into the Valley for a season or two.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 19:49
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    Anyone logging on and reading these posts must be wondering what the fuss is about likes/dislikes..i can only assume they got fuckall to post about the actual article itself..so do us all a favour and shut the f*** up

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    • January 7, 2015 at 20:26
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      @Jim28: I mentioned my concerns about the like/dislike options to Aldo when he was thinking of rolling it out, I think it will only ever create a negative vibe on here and I think I have been proven right. People (even the annoying posters) end up getting dislikes as a rule of thumb regardless of their point even if it a valid one. Too much stigma comes with that option and I cannot see the positive in it personally, maybe Aldo can give me the counter argument?

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      • January 7, 2015 at 21:16
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        @JonnyBanks: i make you right.i couldn't see nothing wrong with the old system..but aldo wanted to make the site better and has done with other things included...cant postees write a post like yours

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    • January 7, 2015 at 20:47
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      @Jim28: I only come on here to annoy you and works every time,

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  • January 7, 2015 at 20:32
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    Amblers 'Einstein' moment, I've been telling people this for a couple of months. Not sure Gibbs is the answer & if someone knows just what it is Bircham does can they let me know.

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    • January 7, 2015 at 20:39
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      @Bluesman: I propose that AA is now referred to as Randy Rambler on here. Those who concur please do so.

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  • January 7, 2015 at 22:17
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    Ambler the gambler , have you held your hands up to appointing Lomas and signing f@%king H oyte without a manager in place

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    • January 8, 2015 at 00:50
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      @DELBOY64
      JB himself said that he was impressed with Lomas's interview,and by the fact Lomas travelled to France for the interview,so it might be wrong to blame Mr Ambler.

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  • January 8, 2015 at 09:24
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    Chaplow could be off to Blackpool! Only hearsay though

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    • January 8, 2015 at 10:46
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      @lionrampant: Good move for him and the club, at least he will be likely to get games. I believe Blackpool are struggling to field a first 11 by the weekend.

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