Millwall chairman will continue to support squad rebuild


JOHN Berylson has reiterated his support for Ian Holloway and says Millwall's manager will continue to be backed as he rebuilds the squad during January.

The Lions chairman also insisted that Wednesday's 4-0 drubbing at Bradford City has not affected Holloway's job security.

Diego Fabbrini today became the club's fifth new signing this month and Holloway intends to make further additions in the coming weeks.

Speaking to the club's official site, Berylson said:

"Just so everyone is absolutely clear about the situation here – whatever the outcome of Saturday's game against Ipswich Town we have every intention of backing our manager.

"The position we find ourselves in at the moment is a cause for concern, we know that, and the nature of our performance in the FA Cup was unacceptable.

"But we had already identified the problem and have begun to remedy it by signing five new players, none of whom were able to play on Wednesday night.

"Rest assured we will try to sign more within the next few weeks. The manager needs to re-construct the squad and build a new Millwall team to take us forward.

"We knew this would be the case in the summer, but circumstances have dictated that we are having to bring that process forward."

Meanwhile, Holloway claims he has lost patience with Millwall's under-performing players and is preparing to clear the decks for new signings.

"I didn't like what I saw on Wednesday night at all," he said.

"Quite often ten men can respond to adversity and put in a performance full of passion and pride. But that didn't happen and it was the worst I've ever seen I think from a team of mine.

"So this is the time for action and I, along with the chairman and Andy Ambler, am going to make as many changes as possible to give our fans the type of team they want to see play.

"We're going to make some decisions to change this around – it's what I'm paid to do. The atmosphere around the place has gone right back to how it was before arrived.

"I've been brought here to make sure we have a team that works hard, keeps fighting and always does a stint.

"This is my Millwall now, and if there are people just content to see out their contracts they're messing with the wrong person.

"I can only say I apologise for the other night because I have never seen one of my teams capitulate like that.

"There was only one player who came out with any credit who will be out of contract. The supporters will probably know who that was and won't be surprised.

"I'm sure he will be rewarded in due course.

"I just want what you want – a team that works its socks off and believes they can win even when the odds are against them, not one that capitulates and gives in.

"I want to see some new faces in with a fresh attitude.

"A few weeks ago we appeared to have a bit about us, to come back from two or three behind in games, albeit you could argue we shouldn't have been so far behind in the first place.

"Clearly we need to look at our back line and bring some people in to freshen that up because we've got to stop goals going in, and then look at other areas.

"I think you'll see in the next couple of weeks that we will bring things to a conclusion for all those out of contract and waiting for a decision.

"Before the other night I thought I saw a glimmer of hope that some of them did want to prove something, but enough is enough.

"If the prize at stake at Bradford wasn't enough for them to do what was needed, to adjust to losing a player and respond with some pride and passion, then there is something fundamentally wrong with them.

"I'm now going to use my experience of 19 years as a manager to get some players here who will be proud to wear the Millwall shirt."



64 thoughts on “Millwall chairman will continue to support squad rebuild

  • January 16, 2015 at 14:55

    yeh,yeh,yeh, action not words ollie. pull yer finger out!!!

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    • January 17, 2015 at 10:07

      @TONY BLOCK28: I'm in the keep ollie manager brigade. all i was saying is ollie keep your trap shut, do what you have to do getting rid of the dross, but keep it in house cause the squad is already on its knees, we need your experience as a manager to get results not the same old excuses week in week out. get us playing winning football and keep us up.

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  • January 16, 2015 at 14:57

    JB lets hope he does not waste any more of your money buying any more of the type of dross he has signed before, also lets hope that when he uses his 19 years of experience with other managers, he does not buy any magic beans like the Jack he seems to be.

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    • January 16, 2015 at 22:23

      @Barnlion: has he signed dross tho? His signings are a damn sight better than the ginger of whom we no longer speak.

      I would sack off all those out of contract now and tell them to stay away from training. They only injure themselves and each other when they are there anyhow. Don't even let them train with the kids. They're a bad influence and dangerous to train with.

      Just choose from a squad that you intend to keep, promote some more youth and get signing. Not too many loans. Need players that want to be here long term and stay up.

      I'd keep Dunne, Shittu and Abdou in the squad. Despite recent performances, they don't deserve to be humiliated by the club. The rest can go sort themselves out

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      • January 17, 2015 at 08:20

        @roders: Dunne is one of the main problems. He has to go asap as far as I'm concerned.

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