Berylson's backing in January pleases Millwall manager

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway has praised Millwall chairman John Berylson for financing his January rebuild.

The Lions made eight additions to their squad during the transfer window, which closed on Monday, and Holloway could target further signings when the loan market opens next week.

Leeds midfielder Michael Tonge and Tottenham goalkeeper Jordan Archer joined until the end of the season before the 11pm deadline.

Berylson also forked out on contract settlements for Paul Robinson, Jermaine Easter, Josh Wright, Stephen Bywater and Scott McDonald during a hectic month.

Holloway had hoped to bring in one more striker and looked at several options playing in foreign leagues.

One possibility, Dutch second division forward Kevin van Veen, joined Scunthorpe instead after Holloway decided he did not know enough about the 23-year-old.

The Lions boss, who said Berylson would have fully supported a cash deal for a goalscorer, wants to broaden the club's recruitment network before the summer.

"We were in for lots of people and one or two of them fell at the final hurdle but I'm very pleased with the backing I had and the players we've brought in," Holloway said.

"The likes of van Veen we need to know more about and we didn't know him well enough. I wasn't ready to committ the chairman's money because we hadn't seen him enough.

"Without knowing about him and his character, it's difficult. Last summer, we were totally confident that Lee Gregory was the right one, without a shadow of a doubt.

"Gregory has come on in leaps and bounds and he will definitely score when I get this balance right.

"I will look at loans but in terms of the buying market, there wasn't anybody that I wanted to buy for a fair bit of money.

"I would've done, and the chairman would've given me the money if I'd found the right person to come, but there's no point getting somebody who isn't going to balance you out."

Holloway is looking to bring in loan cover for injured winger Paris Cowan-Hall, who might not play again this season.

"One thing I didn't get on Monday, which I feel we need, is someone who can run with the ball in the wide areas," he said.

"That was Cowan-Hall but now he's injured, so we've lost that. I'll have to replace that if I can."

Alex Aldridge


31 thoughts on “Berylson's backing in January pleases Millwall manager

  • February 5, 2015 at 10:27

    well done JB for realising the clear out needed to happen sooner rather than later. always thought that February would make or break us when I looked at the fixtures. Onwards and Upwards, Keep the faith COYL,


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  • February 5, 2015 at 10:31

    Bring back Fred if the loan agreement allows which it should.

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    • February 5, 2015 at 11:01

      @wall2wall: Why bring him back when he's doing well, playing every game and is happy at Wycombe just so he can come back and get 20 minutes, if that, every week? Fred isn't good enough yet for this league and he's not going to get better any more quickly by coming back. He needs experience and so do we at the moment. Oh and pace.

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      • February 5, 2015 at 12:03

        If Cowan hall hadn't of got injured then I would of said keep him there as he won't get much game time.
        Now he is out for the season I would like to think that Fred could play in most games even if it is for 20 minutes as you say. He is championship standard already,I have no doubts about that personally.

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        • February 5, 2015 at 22:26

          @wall2wall: unfortunately he can't come back due to the loan agreement.
          I see your point but have to disagree about him being championship standard. Far too light weight and him playing in league 2 every week is exactly what's needed. He'll prove his worth when he comes back.

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          • February 6, 2015 at 09:27

            Shame he can't come back for me Luke.
            If Cowan Hall wasn't considered too lightweight then I don't see why Fred should be.
            Oh well, I hope to see him in a Millwall shirt again. Got my doubts.

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