Ambler: Millwall were right not to offer Malone new deal

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ANDY Ambler has defended Millwall's decision not to splash out on a new contract for Scott Malone prior to his £100,000-switch to Cardiff City last week.

Malone was allowed to join the Bluebirds for a nominal fee because his deal with the Lions was due to expire in the summer, when he would have become a free agent.

But manager Ian Holloway wants to rebuild his defence so was happy to let the left back go.

Asked why the club didn't offer Malone improved terms, Ambler explained: "It wasn't down to affordability.

"Let's look at where we've been for the past two seasons and consider that Scott has been part of a defence that has leaked many, many goals.

"Am I pinning that on Scott? Of course I'm not, but the manager wants to change things. Our fans are fed up of seeing us not win enough games so we have to change our players.

"We've got to change some but we can't change them all."

Asked whether he'd have handled Malone's situation any differently a second time around, Ambler said: "I don’t think so.

"We've scraped survival in the last two seasons. Would we want to reward players for us being in the league position that we're in? Some of them, but not all of them.

"Some of the criticism we've had is that we've been too loyal – that too many people have been around for too long – and maybe we should've freshened things up more.

"The last two or three seasons just haven't been good enough. Six wins per season at home isn't on and it's no wonder the fans aren't happy."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

33 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall were right not to offer Malone new deal

  • January 12, 2015 at 14:29
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    I can see his point about not renewing his contract because he doesn't deserve it, but maybe they should have seen that last season before 'He who will not be mentioned' took over and cleared the playing squad then (or offer contracts to players when we didn't have a manager)!

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:29
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    I don't think Malone became a bad player over night the season Forde became player of the year (absolute joke ) most fans I know voted for Malone having three different managers in 3 seasons doesn't help so be careful what you wish for .

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    • January 12, 2015 at 19:36
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      @mfc2u: how about playing behind three different defences in a week?

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    • January 13, 2015 at 00:19
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      Jacket brought him in ,but did not play him much if not at all.
      I did not think he was ever a good player ,had pace and that was all.
      He could not defend and his crosses were woeful ,worst still he could not see the simple pass .
      Well rid of him in my opinion.
      Saying that he will get proper coaching at Cardiff and make me eat my words.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:31
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    Never rated him anyway. Any article from IH full of escuses and nonsense about how we lost on Saturday?

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:38
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    Not good enough so we will move some players out ...that's right get rid of a half decent young prospect who im sure could have come good again but keep Dunn who should have gone two to three seasons ago a statement from a man who in my eyes is f****** clueless and a BIG part of the problem

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:45
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    Is that the same defence who's goalkeeper got a new 4 Year contract.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:48
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    I think Malone was set on leaving and the situation the club found itself in was not attractive to him and he didn't seem to want to help the club rebuild. To be honest at 23 he has plenty to learn and improve on, but his performances have been very hit and miss, I don't think we will miss him.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:49
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    Malone had loads of potential, but a bad attitude plus Cardiff aren't going anywhere under Slade!
    Been interesting reading everyone's comments since we lost on Saturday.
    Was very disappointed to hear about Fuller's reaction on Sat. Obviously confidence is at an all time low, but he can't be telling the fans who've travelled hundreds of miles and spent there hard earned cash to f*** off. That's not on and he will need to get his head down if he's to win the fans support back.
    Saying that though, I still firmly hold the blame at Holloways door.
    He has well and truly fu#ked this team up with his bullsh!te formations and constant tinkering of the squad (not forgetting the back 4). Last game I went to was Bournemouth at home and the ever reliable Jimmy looked an absolute shadow of his former self. Quite sad really.
    Also how can you keep playing one striker up front. Fuller's best days are well behind him and Gregory is still learning how to play in this league, however he won't learn much if he hasn't got someone next to him who he can learn from.
    When Morison came to us from Stevenage a few seasons back, it took him until December to find his feet. We then had that game at Charlton (finished 4-4 I think) and from then on he couldn't stop scoring. Why? Because he had the likes of Neil Harris next to him.
    Every team that does well (take Burnley for example) has a squad of players who know what there role is within the team. I get the impression that our players haven't a clue what there role is within the squad and Holloways not helping this situation.
    The only way we will stay up this year is IF we somehow sign a striker with some pedigree. The Hoff isn't going to solve our 'lack of scoring' problems and that Simon Church from Charlton definitely isn't going to help.
    NOTE to J.B - If you want a decent striker in this league, you WILL need to spend somewhere in the region of 1 - 2 Million quid. You won't get any decent strikers on a free transfer of for £150,000.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:50
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    offered forde a new contract when at times he is beaten far too easy , yes the defence is sh1t but ffs that was pathetic on saturday

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  • January 12, 2015 at 14:50
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    Yep, that's right A.A. : we definately need to improve the team completely. Only maybe 3 players should stay in the current team. Give Ollie the funds to change things, cause as you say the Fans are fed - up of losing most matches.THIS IS NOT THE MILLWALL WAY ! ( NOLU, WDC ) .

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:21
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      @BUSHWACKER14: I would keep Jimmy, Upson, Williams, Woolford, Martin, the young player and the ones he has signed this winter. The rest I am not interested. Gregory, maybe, if he scores a few by the end of the season

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:13
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    Disagree - Malone was one of the better players at the club and a lot better than Briggs. He gave us options going forward and yes his performances have suffered of late but that probably coincides with him knowing he was off. Even if we had wanted to move him on a new contract would have preserved his value. Whilst the Dortmund talk etc is all agent speak, how much do you think he's worth without a contract expiring at the end of the season? Has to be at least five times what Cardiff paid for him. The way we run contracts at the club means we always lose on players - Lucas Neill, Tim Cahill, Chris Taylor, Marvin Elliot, Zak Whitbread and to an extent Liam Trotter are amongst those we've allowed to go for relative peanuts because of their contractual situations at the time. You can't make players sign new contracts but if you don't offer them extensions early enough what do you expect?

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    • January 12, 2015 at 18:13
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      @DP3: Cant believe that you seem to think Whitbread was any good he was a journeyman all day long

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      • January 13, 2015 at 08:53
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        @n3lion: Irrespective of people's views of him, we basically gave him to Norwich because of his contract position. Had that been resolved earlier we could/would have made some money on him

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      • January 13, 2015 at 09:50
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        @n3lion:
        Played at higher level since leaving us though. And would walk into our back 4. He could pick a pass, was composed on the ball, sold in the air. I thought he was a good all round defender, didn't like him at first but I thought he came good.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:16
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    Thing is, we all wanted them to sign up Shittu again, most of us wanted them to sign Forde (a lot didn't, me included). We should have signed up Malone on a longer deal but then if he wanted too much cash or wasn't interested what can you do? Maybe Malone should have been touted around in the summer and we could have got a few more quid for him. Definitely agree with Ambler's honesty about being too loyal to some players (is he talking about Dunne and Forde?) and that the squad hasn't been good enough for a while - just a shame it has taken the threat of relegation to make him see it.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:32
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    Malone was one of two or three players in our squad that someone is this division would want,he should have been contacted or sold in the summer.Simple.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 15:46
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    There is no point in a Left back that bottles out of tackles. We are best of rid. Plus, his haircut was an embarassment to all at the club. Next.

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    • January 12, 2015 at 15:53
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      @roders: LOL! His haircut was a bit bad but it was that Amish beard that was the real problem. HAHA

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:17
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    Malone was definitely one of the reasons for a leaky defence. Not bothered by his leaving one bit.

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  • January 12, 2015 at 17:47
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    Far too cheap at £100k though Andy!?

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    • January 12, 2015 at 18:41
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      @WestKentLion: To right,any other club would not haven accepted anything less than £300.000,only us!!!!!

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  • January 12, 2015 at 20:40
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    "Some of the criticism we've had is that we've been too loyal – that too many people have been around for too long – and maybe we should've freshened things up more."

    Well said Andy! Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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  • January 13, 2015 at 09:54
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    Scott Malone never had that Millwall attitude that players need to succeed here. We've never taken to the flash types, especially when they're not that good. I think he will turn out to be a good player, but we couldn't afford to wait for that to happen as he won't develop playing in a struggling team and that's what we are. You can count the amount of times he's flew into a tackle on 1 hand, and he looks far too skinny and fragile to be that kind of player. Also run like bamby on ice, we are well shot of him.

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