Millwall boss looking forward to run-in after big changes

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IAN Holloway is relishing the final 18 games of Millwall's season after making significant changes to the squad during the January transfer window.

Holloway is focused on gelling together his new-look side and will be more hands-on in training to help his new signings bed in.

The Lions boss will be without Marc Bircham moving forward after his assistant stepped down to take up a role with MLS outfit Chicago Fire.

Nigel Gibbs has been promoted to Holloway's no.2 but Millwall will not draft in another coach until the summer.

"This will allow Nige to step to the plate," said Holloway. "I wish Birch all the very best.

"I'll be out training with this group a lot more and nailing this down, so I won't be looking to bring in another coach at the moment."

Eight players arrived at The Den during January, with another eight departing, while a number of others have been told whether or not they'll be offered contract extensions.

"It's about building, trying to get a spirit going, working hard for each other and getting the right balance," added Holloway.

"People know their futures and hopefully that will stand us in good stead in terms of what I want to build – a team that works hard, moves the ball around and can win games.

"That's not easy but there are lots of other clubs who would be envious of the fact we're in the Championship, even though we are where we are at the moment.

"We've got 18 games to put things right and hopefully the fans will be encouraged by the way the new lads are working hard for each other.

"We made some changes with eight games to go last season but we've done that ten games earlier this time. I'm really encouraged and looking forward to the rest of the season.

"The chairman has shown his intention about what he wants to do and how he wants to do by sticking with me and working to the format that we spoke about when I first took the job.

"It was always going to be very difficult with so many out-of-contract but hopefully the new players will settle quickly and we'll be able to produce better performances and results.

"Lots of it was good but unfortunately we fell away and lost confidence. You can't blame anybody for that because the players haven't known about their futures – but they do now."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

19 thoughts on “Millwall boss looking forward to run-in after big changes

  • February 4, 2015 at 13:51
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    Was not replacing outgoing non-playing staff quick enough the reason Ambler cited for our poor performance this season??? Now we aren't replacing Bircham.....??? that strike anyone else as strange?

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    • February 4, 2015 at 14:13
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: Rumour has it, players weren't taking to the way Bircham was coaching 1st teamers but was pretty good with the youngsters (which Harris & Fitzgerald has covered).

      Nigel Gibbs is a highly regarded coach, so him and Ollie will get these lads working together and getting us up that table!!

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      • February 4, 2015 at 14:18
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        @Bradders: I admire your optimism but can't help but think this shows what a blagger AA really is!! Hopefully Gibbs and IH will get things right now - not sure why IH wasn't getting involved as much in training sessions when we've been so poor anyway!

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        • February 4, 2015 at 14:25
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Very true mate! I don't think AA knows what he says when, we all know he talks out of his hoop... a mark of a true bull****er!

          The amount of players he has in the 1st team meant he needed another coach to look after all of them, now a load have gone and another group told they won't be playing again for Millwall, he knows who to focus his time on.

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    • February 4, 2015 at 17:05
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      I thought the same as you Bomber - more contradictions!!

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  • February 4, 2015 at 13:52
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    You and me both Ollie. after the first few weeks this season has been awful. now that the wage cheats know they have no influence the rest of the squad can get us up the table

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