Millwall appoint Andrew Mills to head of recruitment role

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A revamp of Millwall's scouting structure has begun with the appointment of ex-Brentford and Aldershot chief executive Andrew Mills as head of recruitment.

Mills, who has also worked for Charlton in the past, is a former agent with over 20 years experience in the football industry.

He will oversee a department that is responsible for identifying potential signings.

Chief executive Andy Ambler told the club's official site: "We have been looking to invest more in this area of the club for some time now and are delighted that Andrew, who has a wealth of experience in football, has agreed to join us."

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96 thoughts on “Millwall appoint Andrew Mills to head of recruitment role

    • March 2, 2015 at 17:06
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      They don't need a Head of Recruitment, they need a Head of Dismissals

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      • March 2, 2015 at 20:15
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        nice one..one of the best posts I have seen on here.......
        The fella must be class though if he has helped charlton and brentford become the force they are in world football

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:42
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    This is badly needed, someone who knows how to work the market and get targets in from around the world. I am very glad to hear about this appointment. It will take a season or two before any real progress is made, but with so many players leaving, we will have a very interesting Summer ahead with new players coming in, whichever league we are in.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 20:18
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      which of charlton and brentford's world stars are you basing your comment on....I think I see this as more of a temporary distraction to the growing murmur of get Jollyaway out

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:42
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    just in time for the January transfer window............oh.

    6months till next season starts, lets see if he can find a target man quicker than Ollie and his goat on the road did this season

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:42
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    Yes!!! This is great news!! I'm so chuffed that the 6 point gap to safety is just a distant memory!!

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      • March 2, 2015 at 16:17
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        @Barnlion: Exactly! Too late too late will be the cry when championship status has passed you by!

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      • March 3, 2015 at 09:56
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        @Barnlion: what! You mean they aren't real! And I was gonna buy them just like I bought into the mental one! This club never ceases to amaze me. Need a striker,while we have a chance of staying up, get a midfielder. Need a new manager outside of the transfer window to get some fight in the squad we've got, we get a new head of recruitment. Staring down the barrel of relegation and we get the opportunity to buy over priced tickets. I seriously need a barrel of what those nob heads are drinking

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:43
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    does this mean that harford is on his bike ???/

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:44
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    Won't we have a transfer embargo under FFP?

    WTF is going on?

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  • March 2, 2015 at 15:52
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    Is this the board saying look we are doing something to sort this mess out and because of this appointment we will not be sacking holloway. I object to be treated as an idiot. That's what the board are doing. A year to late.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:02
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    Hopefully he's Head of Dismissals as well....................................

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:11
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    What's the point of identifying new talent when we do not have the money to sign anyone, otherwise we would have a new striker by now.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:28
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    Hartford can now turn off his Football Manager and Fifa 15. Holloway can put away his ex Blackpool directory and we now have a new guy primed for all things Div 1/Div2.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 21:38
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      If only, he's been playing fifa 10 the dozy sod! That's why all these old players weve signed would have been decent 5 years ago.

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    • March 3, 2015 at 09:42
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      @kenfromtheden: there are actually a few premier league teams who use the football manager database to search for young talent. Everton are the first team that spring to mind that use it.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:28
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    Southampton Mark 2. COYL. Go down to League one. Then double promotion. PL here we come. ????????

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    • March 3, 2015 at 09:59
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      @malcolm03: you need to share your weed mate, we could all do with living in lah lah land for a while

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:37
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    Is there a demo to get rid of IH after we lose to Norwich on Saturday?

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:38
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    Come on Aldo! Where's the news we really want?

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  • March 2, 2015 at 16:56
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    Well, Holloway has been talking to JB for over 48 hours now,
    and JB STILL can't get a word in.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 17:33
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      @lowdown: Just a smokescreen from holloway IMO, did the old, i'm doing my best but been unlucky, modern day fans etc etc. if only this player did this and that player did that..... JB is back in the usa so holloway bulls##tting again..and again.. and again...

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      • March 2, 2015 at 18:48
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        @rowanonthewing7:

        Yer, that crossed my mind (smokescreen).
        The old, give the fans what they want to hear rubbish.
        All sounded pretty desperate to me,
        and of course, it is.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 17:02
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    transfer data base....copying Brentford ....ex Agent......sounds dodgy....... why is he unemployed

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  • March 2, 2015 at 17:03
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    If heather was a chief executive at Brentford he can do amblers job. Happy days

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    • March 2, 2015 at 17:11
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      @block 28: That could well be the plan.Ambler's brown noseing might gave secured him a position at the F.A,he would fit in very well there.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 17:19
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    the club have obviously made huge mistakes in the past 3 seasons with player recruitment and I for one am sick of seeing over the hill wage thief's every week. What we have also shown over the last countless years is that every time we get back into this division we simply cant compete on wages and its getting harder each year. I personally don't blame JB at all, the last two managers have had good track records so hes backed there judgment in the transfer market but clearly it has failed. Holloway has clearly made mistakes but on PAPER I really don't see anyone better willing to join us. i'm sure I will get slaughtered for that last comment but I can see a Brightside in all this mess for next season. assuming we get relegated which I think we will league 1 is the prefect place to bed Fred, Nelson, Paris, Gregory ,Obrien. powell, siafa, Thompson and maybe one of the 3 young keepers we have. add to that the likes of jimmy, dunne, Edwards, upson, Cummings & Williams that's already a great start. now its up to this new head of recruitment to complement them with more young hungry players to fit into a sensible affordable wage structure. Now we have been here before with cahill, reid, iffil ect but this time we have a chairman committed to the club with a solid foundation off the pitch. Holloway will own up to the fact he has made mistakes in the past but you can do what he did at blackpool without knowing the game so im gonna accept this season for what it is and look forward to next year.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 17:42
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      @lionsroar77: look what he did for Blackpool yea and look where they are now coincidence look what he did at palarse coincidence look where we're going coincidence. Get rid ASAP

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    • March 2, 2015 at 17:46
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      @lionsroar77: I can't wait for this godawful season to be over. It just gets worse every week. I can't see teh plug being pulled on Holloway soon but getting in a Head of Recruitment (a Director of Football) is surely a signal from the board that they are not happy with him. I don't agree that this was done to support our scouting network. The Board have just got fed up with this aspect of Holloway's work. I just wish they'd get on with it and sack him, although the plan may be to undermine him so he quits and they don't have to pay compensation!

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      • March 2, 2015 at 19:21
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        @junkmale: I wonder if Mills had history working with Warburton? Just saying, but it might bring together a successful combination.

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      • March 2, 2015 at 20:15
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        They can undermine him by putting him in charge of the under 9s and letting one of the coaches see out the rest of the season.

        With a bit of luck Ollie will get the picture and just go and that will cost us less than out right sacking him. Though sacking now would be my preferred option.

        I know a lot of you will disagree with this as it would constitute child abuse to the under 9s and ruin their footballing careers. So gardening leave without letting Ollie do any actual gardening.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 19:34
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      @lionsroar77: This is the first time we've struggled with wages at this level - mainly because the Division has changed beyond all recognition. We were always a club looking upwards in our previous three stints at this level, but under Berylson it's mainly been a question of survival. I know he's unpopular now, but even under Theo there was more investment in the team (until things went tits up at the end) than under Berylson.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 20:11
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      The only way up is down. I suspect this is what IH has talked about behind the scenes and why he is still here, but cannot say it openly. We'd have been better off going down last season as the reboot would have happened last Summer (I was happy we stayed up, but in retrospect..). Instead we fight poorly and our youth are loaned out (prepping for 3rd tier??) and who wants a 4th season of rubbish by staying up? There is no reboot in Europe's 7th richest division on our budget. We don't have much choice. I hope we get another 2003 team and it is only possible in the 3rd tier. Terrible but how else to take events as a positive?

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  • March 2, 2015 at 17:43
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    Is he a proven striker noooooo so duck off I'm not interested. Is Fred back ? Noooooo

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  • March 2, 2015 at 17:48
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    Oh no only one more for the wage bill will the rest come by the end of the week mickie w

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  • March 2, 2015 at 18:12
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    Either it's designed to undermine ollie or its to help him out.
    If it's to undemine him and he quits then we'll struggle getting in a decent young manager and an experienced one. You can forget about Warburton as this is one of the reasons why he's leaving Brentford. Not sure about the direction the club want to go in tbh seems like a deflection away from the current position we find ourselves in and no one really being made accountable for the endless fu.ck ups of the past 3 seasons. All to desperate imo. Like to see it work but I very much doubt it. I take it Hartford is going then as he was appointed to this position last yr.
    I think it's time for the fan on the board to let us know what's going on as this is just adding more confusion to an already confusing season.
    What's really going on at our club ????

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  • March 2, 2015 at 18:13
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    Good appointment in my opinion. No nothing about him but the position he's filled is one that we've needed for years. As for Harford-Guess that might be the end of his little tenure.
    Next up- A replacement for Ambler- How about a cardboard cut-out devoid of an IQ orpersonality?
    oops, it's already there.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 18:18
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    At the end of the day if JB says he has faith in Holloway bringing us back up, and Holloway wants to make amends then what can we do? yes you can abuse them but its not really going to achieve anything if they have a close bond. For the people saying we should hire this manager and that manager take a look at Brendon Rogers, good manager at Watford moved to reading and only lasted 6 months at reading before sacking him. next goes to Swansea, does well, goes to Liverpool and last year nearly wins the premier league!! Have reading moved on? its all gone tits up but you cant guarantee the next manager will come in and do any better. reading the posts probably a 50-50 split on keeping him so if we do I hope he doesn't make me look a complete t***. That's all

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    • March 2, 2015 at 19:56
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      @lionsroar77: Are you off your rocker like ih or do you like the circus he will take us all the way down the man as not got a clue

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  • March 2, 2015 at 18:28
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    f*** it, not gonna call for ollies head this sat, but that c*** grabban is gonna get some!!

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  • March 2, 2015 at 19:10
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    Why have we done this now? Few months late!

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  • March 2, 2015 at 19:18
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    His first report will say " after a review of the squad, and you paying me thousands of pounds for this information I can say we need a 25+ goal scorer"

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    • March 2, 2015 at 21:10
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      You joke but some of the people at the club seem to be oblivious to this requirement. Despite it being the case for several years!

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      • March 3, 2015 at 08:46
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        @MFC Lion: it's daft, but after losing woods we all know we've needed a prolific goal scorer and with Gregg's they thought they may have found a diamond in the rough. That hasn't happened for reasons
        he isn't clinical enough
        He doesn't get the service for his style of play or as I see it
        Championship CBs and GKs are better than conference ones.

        We all knew by Christmas that if Gregory hadnt got 10 goals he wasn't as prolific as required so first but of business was striker, we call for it, we ask for it, we point it out, but they won't act until one of there employees tells them officially

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        • March 3, 2015 at 11:01
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          @brooker: Prolific goalscorers cost a fortune, unless someone here can tell me a player that we could buy now that is banging them in and would cost us les than £1m. I know Gray is doing well at Brentford, but he is history as far as we are concerned, so who can we buy/loan that is prolific in our price range. Names welcome!! The main problem is that there is no pattern to our play, the players move to different positions during the game, sometimes not knowing where they are supposed to be, and that is down to the manager. I quite liked him in the early days but he has lost the plot, is clueless, and this ahs rubbed off on the players.....and Dunne is still in the team!!!!

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  • March 2, 2015 at 19:55
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    Every weekend my poor wife suffers because I am down in the dumps. That's how much I love my millwall. Which muppet on here puts up a headline " Fred score again , marquis scores again" I am starting to lose hope in this sham of a team.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 20:12
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    The only way up is down. I suspect this is what IH has talked about behind the scenes and why he is still here, but cannot say it openly. We'd have been better off going down last season as the reboot would have happened last Summer (I was happy we stayed up, but in retrospect..). Instead we fight poorly and our youth are loaned out (prepping for 3rd tier??) and who wants a 4th season of rubbish by staying up? There is no reboot in Europe's 7th richest division on our budget. We don't have much choice. I hope we get another 2003 team and it is only possible in the 3rd tier. Terrible but how else to take events as a positive?

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    • March 2, 2015 at 20:29
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      @SE14: Not sure about that, SE14. If we had gone down last season with the car crash of a squad we had we would have been in even more of a mess financially

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      • March 2, 2015 at 21:13
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        It's quite possible that we would be facing relegation to league 2 and be thinking 'if only we hadn't gone down last year we could have fixed the squad and prevented this'

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  • March 2, 2015 at 20:39
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    Things just get even more hilarious. We truly are the laughing stock of London football. All we need now is a head of goal scoring coach to coach all of are goal scoring goal scorers.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 20:54
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    Just heard Gerry Cottle is being brought in to straighten things out. IH might get his ideal role under Gerry.

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  • March 2, 2015 at 21:36
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    We truly are a shambles at the moment. I know you cannot blame everything on the manager, but all these 'tweaks' to the structure of the club are all just avoiding the elephant in the room - the manager is not good enough and the results are not good enough. If we were winning football matches I can't help but think this appointment would not have been made. Olly said he was being given carte blanche to build the club the way he wanted - why did he not spot this deficiency straight away?

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  • March 2, 2015 at 21:41
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    Work out how many pints you can buy instead of a season ticket. What does it work out too?
    150? That's 3 pints a week give or take. You wouldn't invest that in watching Millwall?
    I'm Ambler's, Holloway's Shittu's Hoyte's and Dunne's worst enemy but it's not going to stop me watching a team that is in my heart. These people that are ruining us will soon fall off the tree and get blown away, We'll still be here.
    Southstand- Put away your anger. Come on! It's Millwall we're talking about. We'll be around long after this rabble have shuffled off. Anway, I have some good news to lighten a dark day-
    Julian Clary has tonight been signed-up as the new fitness coach. Apparently, for those players that can't make it onto the pitch then it's an hour on the table - sunny side up.
    I've also heard that we're going to be sponsored by Tampax at the end of the month.
    This will be for the Easter period only.
    I thank you.

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    • March 2, 2015 at 22:03
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      @NICKOLA:

      you are right nick - in some ways a ST is relatively cheap, especially for kids - £50 for under 16 - that is 5 games at the normal £10 price

      most teams rise and fall - Burnley nearly went out of the league a few years back - Charlton didn't have a ground for ages etc etc

      unless you are one of the big 5 or 6 you cant expect to be successful for long

      follow your team regardless - that is what makes football what it is

      we seem to have lot of moaners who find excuses not to come - meet with mates have a beer and watch the show - I have been as critical as most on here because things have been handled so unintelligently lately and it is not nice to lose at home to some of the teams we have but it wont stop me going

      Dortmund were in the champions league final 2 years ago and recent have been bottom of the division - result - sold out every week - their fans stick with them and therefore they have money to spend and their results are now picking up ( I know it isn't a straight comparison - before you shout me down ) but the principle is the same . You cant moan about lack of ambition if you don't go -

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      • March 2, 2015 at 22:27
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        @timchimes: Average ticket prices in Germany are about £8 a match so that's not a very good comparison. I'd gladly pay that whatever the results were, but nigh on £30? In fact I pay £10 to see Dulwich Hamlets, which is much more of a rewarding experience these days

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        • March 3, 2015 at 08:21
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          @junkmale:

          yes it is much cheaper - but partly because more people go and players get paid less !!!

          the premier league has artificially inflated wages right down the leagues

          333 divided by 23 games is £15 a game

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        • March 3, 2015 at 08:33
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          @junkmale:
          I often (when no clash) go over on budget flights to watch Bayern Munich, atmosphere is phenomenal, beer fantastic and get a good spot for 20 euros.

          Despite these low prices they managed to scratch together a half decent team, the fans won't have any nonsense from players, the slightest hint of 'want away' or shirking the player is seen no more.

          They also have a comminuty set up that dwarfs the whole of London clubs put together.

          That's the way forward or is it Vorwarts!

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  • March 2, 2015 at 22:32
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    A mate recently proposed the scenario whereby Millwall and Charlton merge. Think about it for a minute. 35k home gates. A new stadium with excellent access somehere in Kent which is where a majority of supportes now live. An eventual dilution of current squads until it settles. Call it Millwall and Charlton AFC for example. I did think about it and I'm a hardened Millwall supporter but I would go and watch that.

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    • March 3, 2015 at 03:19
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      You're joking right?

      charwall or Millton FC

      What colour kit? Mix of the two then we can pretend to be Palace!

      Think I will pass

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    • March 3, 2015 at 08:08
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      @NICKOLA: I know we're all p***** off at the moment nic but stop it, had to go and stand in me shed alone to try and get over what you said.

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    • March 3, 2015 at 09:08
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      @NICKOLA: how about a big top on blackheath.its called billy smarts circus..now thats a good merger with the clowns we got

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    • March 3, 2015 at 10:15
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      @NICKOLA: I thought either a) you'd lost your mind and was currently living in LaLa land, or b) The pod people had invaded and replaced Nik with a trainspotting replicant.......

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  • March 3, 2015 at 08:08
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    When you look at some of the signings made over the last 2 years since the Chris Wood saga ended so sourly, there is evidence that our recruitment has become very suss:
    Chaplow and Easter were both loaned in by KJ, Hof was, I believe, offered to/considered by KJ. Then you have the bizarre Hoyte situation, brought in on loan by Lomas with a view to signing permanently 'if it went well', he hardly played for us and yet by the time Lomas had gone and IH had come in we were told 'we had committed to signing him' - a few months later we were told he was available for transfer because 'player and club weren't right for each other'.
    It's almost a hark back to the Spackman days when he was basically given a job lot of available players from the same agent's stables.
    I don't know how it all works at all so I could be well wide of the mark, but if we've been restricted to only a certain group of players due to agent politics then it's no wonder our squad's in a mess and it appears Lomas was duped in the same way Spackman was - or he was simply naive enough to allow it to happen thinking that bringing in a load of new faces would quickly get the fans on side (which it did!).
    What I do know is that agents have held too much power in the game for too long and with so many shady characters around on the take it must be very easy for a club like ours to get taken in. I think those days are slowly passing and it looks like we're trying to move away from that with this new approach to recruitment, which I think, to be fair to the club, was being worked on behind the scenes for some time.

    Let's hope it works for all our sakes because if we get lumbered with another job lot this summer after moving on the last lot of dead wood it will be disastrous for us.

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  • March 3, 2015 at 08:38
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    Does anyone have the contacts to list the agents of the players in the squad and who Holloways agent is (probably Johnny English)?

    I recalls in McCarthys days he and many of his signings had the same agent.

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    • March 3, 2015 at 09:39
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      @wongo: Good luck with that. These blokes are tighter than a limpet mine.

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