Millwall boss prepared to bring forward contract decisions

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IAN Holloway has revealed that Millwall now intend to make decisions on their out-of-contract players this month.

The Lions had previously stated that they would not discuss new deals with any members of their squad while the club remained in a poor league position.

But Holloway feels there is too much uncertainty in the dressing room and will confront the issue head-on by offering extensions to those he wants to keep.

On the flipside, those who do not have a long-term future under Holloway could be moved on.

"For all sorts of reasons, there will be different decisions made about people's futures – and the quicker we get to that, the more we'll be able to move forward," Holloway said.

"The players deserve some clarity about their futures as well.

"There might be some players who are excess to what I want but I'll try to treat them with respect and move them out, whilst adding to the squad to make us better."

It's understood Millwall are in the market for a centre back and Holloway confirmed he has "irons in the fire".

He said: "The chief executive and I will endeavour to bring in one or two extra and hopefully we can sign them not just for this season but for next year as well.

"They need to be the right sort of age for us because we need sellable assets.

"What I'm going to do is add in the right areas – we all know where we are – and I've got one or two irons in the fire which we're trying to sort out if we can.

"The chairman is right behind it. There are a couple of positions that I think are vital."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

50 thoughts on “Millwall boss prepared to bring forward contract decisions

  • January 20, 2015 at 12:27
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    Could someone please explain to me what he means by 'irons in the fire'?

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    • January 20, 2015 at 12:31
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      @mfclions: It's a metaphor that means there are some enquiries for which he's waiting on a reply. Going to be a good month hopefully. See some crap out and some good players coming in. I hope.

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      • January 21, 2015 at 09:25
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        I for one am glad Briggs is going, who brought him in!!!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:15
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      @mfclions: I think it means he's going to launch an Arson attack on west hams training ground .

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    • January 20, 2015 at 22:15
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      Irons in the fire, hope it means two West Ham players are toast !

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:29
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    This sounds solid decision and the correct way to move us forward after the last 3 years dross will have to wait and see what Centre HAlf we can get any ideas out there in News at Den Land heard he was looking at a Goal Keeper as well we need it always had good Gk going back to Stepney, LAwrie Lesslie Bryan King etc

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:30
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    Sounds good dross moving on, hope we can get a good CB DM looks like we're on the up

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    • January 20, 2015 at 12:35
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      @mewall62: I like his quote "The players deserve some clarity about their futures..."
      I'd be saying something like-
      "See that door? That's your way out. Close it behind you and never darken our doors again".

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:35
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    Wimbledon have a good CB, well he did OK when they played Liverpool recently, young as well. Could be a snip if we get in first. I think he is called Goodman.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:43
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    Yeah, the decision to delay contract discussions for so many players was a mistake. They should have tied down those that they knew were likely to stay by end of 2014. Most of us can name 10 players that will not get an extension. Also when signing new players who we intend to be sellable assets, why only sign them for the remainder of this season and all of the next. If they do prove themselves to be good, they will have to have had a good season of playing consistently before buyers will be attracted, and by that stage their contracts will be up for renewal. We need to tie them into 2+ season contracts so they have contracts when we sell them, that way we can charge for them when they move on???? no???

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      • January 20, 2015 at 14:39
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        @NICKOLA: Yes, and we didn't with Malone/Henderson/Trotter et al and hence they went early for very little money. I get your point but the important thing is that they do a much better job of assessing a players commitment and mental state before signing, so they can afford to take the risk of a longer contract. I can't fathom how we thought Hoyte was a good deal, its beyond my comprehension.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:44
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    Too many players out of contract at the same time, Ambler has to take responsibility for allowing this to happen!

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:40
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      @horseworrier: I think the entire board supported that plan, but AA was part of that decision for sure.

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      • January 20, 2015 at 15:21
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        @glyngo: It was never a secret that it was the plan so as to have a complete overhaul of playing staff. The problem now is that part of the plan was to stay in this league, but I think now with all the uncertainty players are not concerned about the club because they don't know who will be staying next season. You would think players would be playing for the contract but it seems many have just given up on the club knowing they ar not in Ollies plan. Hope that when the dust settles and those with contracts are those that are playing we can get a more settled and committed team.

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      • January 20, 2015 at 16:33
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        @junkmale: jackett may have signed some s*** along the way but he was well out of the club by the time Hoyte signed,in fact it was Ambler who rubber stamped the deal Lomas instigated

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        • January 20, 2015 at 16:43
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          @norris: hoyte was promised a deal by thing early in december...then he got the boot..the deal should of died with him but ambler signed him.before IH took over....how jackett came into this i dont know

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:47
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    Do I detect some back tracking here?
    A few days ago, a p***** off Holloway was suggesting a lot were going,
    now there MIGHT be some players who are excess.
    Perhaps he ain't getting as much backing as he thought and
    has to go back to some players with his tail between his legs.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:43
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      @lowdown: I wouldn't analyse his comments to closely, he often exaggerates as we all know. Once the dust settles and tempers have calmed down, its clear that not all 24 will leave.

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      • January 20, 2015 at 15:04
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        @glyngo:
        Yep, of course.
        I suppose I will just have to get used to his vocal merry go round
        and daily press updates.

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        • January 20, 2015 at 15:17
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          @lowdown: Its something he needs to reign in, in SE London we spot a bullshitter very quickly, his comments need to be carefully selected. I have laughed quite often at his funny quotes, but when things are bad he has to tone it down and speak straight.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 12:59
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    Like the sound of this and about time. I hope its not just a kick-up-the-a*** ultimation to the stagnant players and play them again, they have had their chance now move them on.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:05
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    All in all, a total shambles. Players have not got a clue whether they have a job next week, next month or next year, no surprising that some of their attitudes stink. I would not be over the moon, if my boss said to me, you might have a job or you might not, I haven't decided. I will let you know later.
    This is one of my problems with Holloway, decision making. He must have seen enough months ago, to decide who he wanted and who he didn't. Decisions should have been made and acted on. It just makes our club a laughing stock and harder to get the players we want to come to us.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:14
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    ffs just do then. don't keep telling us what you are about to do. You are becoming a f'in laughing stock hollowhead you f'in tit.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:33
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    New kid on the block, your right rikkiatwall a f. Mess a bit hasty with his decision s early doors

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  • January 20, 2015 at 13:38
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    These are the first team players that are out of contract this season ..... Beevers, shittu, Briggs, abdou, Bailey, chaplow, martinez, Edwards, Woolford, Martin, gueye, mcdonald, hoff, fuller and marquis

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    • January 20, 2015 at 13:44
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      @cmj23: Thanks for that info. On that basis, the only one I'd keep would be Gueye . That would mean 14 from your list going. Can't see him being that decisive so he'll probably retain a further 6/7.

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      • January 20, 2015 at 14:15
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        @NICKOLA: I can see him retaining Abdou because he is a good squad player and possibly Martin as well.

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          • January 20, 2015 at 14:46
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            @vonhardshaft: Assuming Beevers would not re-sign for us, I would expect we would keep: Briggs, Abdou, Martin, Gueye, Mcdonald, Hoffmaier. If Beevers actually wanted to stay, I would keep him, he hasn't had a consistent partner for months and in a settled team he is a decent std centre back.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:16
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      @cmj23: he'll keep Bailey, Gueye, Martin, Briggs and possibly Beevers

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    • January 20, 2015 at 14:44
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      Is Dunne not out of contract in the summer?

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  • January 20, 2015 at 14:41
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    Forgotten what its like to see Bailey play. Its a shame. Exactly the player we need at the moment, someone with a pair of balls.

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  • January 20, 2015 at 14:42
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    i would see what Ollie can attract to the club first , its okay for Ollie say he's going to bring in this , that & the other, only in the summer we were screaming for a striker & although we bought in Gregory , nothing else materilised ie we never landed Smith but Fulham did !

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  • January 20, 2015 at 14:44
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    Briggs can go...
    If you could guarantee Bailey would stay fit for longer than 5mins he'd be worth keeping but on recent history he has to go, free up his wages!!
    And Beevers.. Take him or leave him, not bothered either way although I suspect he'd rather be somewhere else!!

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  • January 20, 2015 at 16:11
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    Hope two centre backs and not one are coming in and a quality striker, oh and a keeper and a holding midfield player and two decent wingers and a new manager and .........

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