Millwall assistant Marc Bircham departs for Chicago Fire

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MARC Bircham has left his position as Millwall's assistant manager.

First team coach Nigel Gibbs will step up to become Ian Hollwoay's no.2 after Bircham accepted a role with Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire.

Bircham told the club's official site: "This was a very hard decision to make because I really feel there are good times ahead for Millwall under Ollie.

"But I had almost gone to the MLS earlier in my career, and this time, when the chance came up, it just seemed like such a great opportunity for myself and my family.

"I'm sure Millwall will stay up this season and I will always look forward to coming back to The Den."

Chief executive Andy Ambler added: "We wish Marc the very best with his new venture.

"He goes with our blessing and thanks for his hard work over the past year."

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40 thoughts on “Millwall assistant Marc Bircham departs for Chicago Fire

  • January 31, 2015 at 22:24
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    Christ, Holloway is really going through the set-up with a sharp sabre. What's happening here? Has he finally come off the funny cigs? I'm not complaining, Bircham, it's reported, was not exactly Mr.Popular with the players. Gibbs was a well respected coach before we got him. Looking good. Maybe there is light at the end of the tunnel after all.
    Bircham-Good luck.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:31
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    Bloody cold in Chicago in January, Take a good coat.

    All the best

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:31
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    I wish him all the best, but i think this will make the coaching and training side more cohesive as there were rumors that he had personal issues that were beginning to affect the 'atmosphere' in and around the club ! onwards and upwards !

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:33
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    Yeah, go on and f*** off to America. Your true intentions have been exposed mate, the lure of the dollar over the club you supposedly had in your heart, no great loss in my opinion to be rid of another wage thief.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:46
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    Funny , listen to bircham on lions live and came across less than convincing and always on mobile and breaking up and cutting short his interview, never took to the guy ,so leaving his post says a lot about what ollie is doing seeing as bircham wasn't here long,maybe Holloway has woken up to the fact it was as bad as first thought , hopefully team morale will improve with the players and those he's still to bring in ...good win tho.

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    • February 1, 2015 at 16:29
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      @The Roar: He is young and has a career ahead of him. Good luck to him. But I agree, I remember when he was in his first or second season with us driving down the Old Kent Road in a flashy sports car and didn't have a very sincere look about him. Then someone threw an egg at him! Brilliant!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:47
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    Found your level. All the best and thanks for your efforts. Never forget You've got bird siht on your head.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 22:59
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    Good luck, and Gibbs is a great replacement

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  • January 31, 2015 at 23:11
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    Had a night out once with mutual friends, not my cup of tea as a bloke. Didn't rate him as a player, didn't appear to be popular with the players, rumours of personal issues. Told by a former player recently, that he had a lot to do with the bad atmosphere around the club. Personally, glad he's gone and even better, by his own hand as he had a long, lucrative contract.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 23:12
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    Good news.Personally always considered him a fraud as a player (used to flash his lion tattoo and clench a fist but never bust a lung or put his body on the line for the cause)We could do with a better conduit between Holloway and the dressing room.

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  • January 31, 2015 at 23:14
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    yes - good news - never saw what he added

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  • February 1, 2015 at 02:34
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    Players couldn't stand him and ollie knew it, blessing in disguise for ollie. One off the wage bill and looks like woolford is on his way well

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  • February 1, 2015 at 03:48
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    Wasn't Nigel Gibb only available to us short term? If so has that changed or are we looking for a more permanent replacement?

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  • February 1, 2015 at 07:35
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    Next time you are passing Bircham............................Keep going.Brought nothing to the club best news in ages at Millwall.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 07:35
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    Tfft long overdue best news for a long time.
    Good luck in future

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  • February 1, 2015 at 07:52
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    Tactically inept and thought everything was a joke.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 08:16
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    Gibbs up to Assistant Manager, Timmy Cahill for Player/Coach anyone?

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  • February 1, 2015 at 09:45
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    If were going to bring in a coach to replace Bircham bring in a coach with a proven record, we don't need a player / coach who want's to learn we need a coach who can teach, who the players can respect.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 10:11
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    No great loss.Average player,Average coach.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 10:17
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    We all spoke about clearing the deck's Ollie really is doing that and bringing in the players and staff we want. Saturday is yet another big match for us, as will be the next after that and after that. Anybody who can get down bring a mate as well with cheap tickets, create an atmosphere make some noise the club really does need our support now. Just watched the Millwall reaction to Fullers goal on the FL show respect to the 600 odd away fans now if we can get 10000 plus doing that at home.

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    • February 1, 2015 at 11:50
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      @lennie the lion: Im taking 10 mates to the next game as the start of my Stag Do, hope we get a win to start the evening with a bang, will be in a box though so probably wont be making a mega racket but its extra cash for the club, if we play exciting football some may want to come back more frequently

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      • February 1, 2015 at 12:55
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        @brooker: I have sent texts to some mates see if we can't get a few more down and a couple of beers after. Good luck with the wedding mate hope all goes well.

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        • February 1, 2015 at 15:33
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          @lennie the lion: Cheers lennie, they are all glory hunters supporting Liverpool, united, chelsea, arsenal. hopefully convert to affordable football close to home

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  • February 1, 2015 at 10:21
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    Funny how we never read anything about all this player friction before today!
    Good luck to the guy in the US and in Nigel Gibbs we have the coach we need for our predicament and if he has been influential in bring Cummings, Fabrini and Hooyveld here, then more power to him!

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    • February 1, 2015 at 11:52
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      @Glasshalffull: If he has been influential in getting the best players we've seen all season then get rid of Ollie and put Gibbs in charge

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  • February 1, 2015 at 10:30
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    Promoted himself as a comedy clown (which he wasn't),
    would be better off at Billy Smarts.
    Gibbs more of a professional, and what we need at the moment.
    If Holloway carries on like this, The Haters Arms may go out of business,
    although Forest fans have taken it over for the night with a Picture
    of Pearce for a Dartboard.
    Still got a lot of work to do, but yesterdays win sure did make
    Saturday night a better experience.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 12:13
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    Yet another positive decision off the field. Now can we please address our woeful scouting set up. Hartford needs some serious help or else we'll never be able unearth any little gems. Sick of losing out on potential targets because of our inability to act decisively when it matters most.

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    • February 1, 2015 at 17:43
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      We lost the target of Kevin Van Veen to Scunthorpe. What is it saying when a potentially good player decides to go to a club who are in the bottom half of Div 1! COYL

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  • February 1, 2015 at 12:34
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    I think, there is a story to be told about this but we certainly won't be hearing it until the summer at the earliest. I liked him as a player but as assistant manager I thought he could talk the talk but couldn't walk the walk. However I do wish him all the best in Minor League Soccer.....

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  • February 1, 2015 at 13:13
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    Cannot stand him. Never rated him as a player at the den and was always sniffing around the better players like Cahill Ifill Reid Sads Harris etc as if he was one if them. Had his stupid tattoo trying to prove he was millwall then dyed his barnet blue and white for qpr. I'll always remember that 0-0 draw that season. He's got a bird sllt on his head. Constantly for 90 minutes. Total fraud as a player and has certainly brought nothing back to the club with him. I'm liking the fact that the dead wood is really beginning to be put out.

    I just hope it's not too late in the season.

    COYL

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  • February 1, 2015 at 14:21
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    All the best Chicago Fire, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  • February 1, 2015 at 15:33
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    @lennie the lion: Cheers lennie, they are all glory hunters supporting Liverpool, united, chelsea, arsenal. hopefully convert to affordable football close to home

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