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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  • February 4, 2015 at 13:53
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    Looks like IH wasn't taking enough training sessions and left that twonk bircham to do it. That was half the problem I bet. Step IH and do your job properly. Eighteen games left. We can do this.

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    • February 4, 2015 at 16:33
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      @LETEMCOME: what a load of b******* comes out of that mouth of ollys ..is he honestly trying to tell us that he aint been hands on enough...
      also fans are saying this wasn't his team.who have we been paying for 12months ffs

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  • February 4, 2015 at 14:09
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    hang on a second. a month ago Ambler was saying he got it wrong not giving Ollie enough support on the training ground. which one is it ffs?

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  • February 4, 2015 at 14:26
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    We've won less than a handful of games since August and now is the time to 'more hands-on in training'. I hope that's definitely Aldo's quote and not Holloway's.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 14:39
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    This is now your team,Full of your players.This is what you wanted.Now it is time to prove yourself.

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    • February 4, 2015 at 14:47
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      @gatecrasher: Once all the over the hill crocks and bad influencers leave the club then it is full his team... which won't be until the summer by the look of it!!

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  • February 4, 2015 at 15:29
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    Keep saying every Saturday for the past two months this is a big game and with a couple of exceptions we have been let down. If we can get a win 1-0 is fine with another clean sheet I do think the mood in the camp, with the new set of players, would be completely changed, here's hoping.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 16:02
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    All the players who've been told no should take a small chunk of remaining contracts worth to go now or be banned from training ground otherwise what's the point they could just be spreading poison in the dressing room and turning the new lot into the current crop of s***.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 16:15
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    Without a recognised striker it is going to be a hard slog if not touch and go. Surely IH should have seen the weakness up front much earlier than this, he has done nothing about it and may have left it too late.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 17:32
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    @ PECKHAM LAD : I think holloway did see we needed a striker way back, which is why he bought GREGORY. And also why he tried DJ CAMPBELL, SIMION JACKSON, RANEGIE, MARQUIS, HOFF, Plus a few others up front. He's said he was interested in POPE,DOYLE, SMITH, THE DUTCHMAN last week that went to Scunthorpe, VARNEY, CHURCH, the list is endless, so why do you think he hasn't seen the problem, it's very clear to me he has, he just can't Get em, and when he has they haven't delivered. He knows the problem alright.

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    • February 4, 2015 at 20:25
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      @bordersarebest0170: Agree. And can anyone site a modern day version of a million-pound player we have bought who went onto score more than 20 goals a season? I don't think it has ever happened in our entire history, has it? We will have it again, but only via youth or scouting because we won't be buying it.

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  • February 4, 2015 at 22:01
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    We have to face the simple fact that we have little to no money. The fact we get sub 8000 gates is no help. It would be tough for any manager to turn around our problems in a flash. I'm just as frustrated as the next man but IH is a top manager and I believe he will do the business eventually. Injuries have been in plenty too so I think the man deserves a break. In the past three games we have seen glimpses of how he wants this team to play and in my opinion it is exciting. Give him the chance and get behind the team come match day. COYL!

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