Millwall captain: Players have to take the heat off Ollie


ALAN Dunne has called on Millwall's players to take the heat off under-fire manager Ian Holloway.

Holloway admitted that he is "not popular with the fans" after the Lions were beaten 3-0 by Middlesbrough on Tuesday, a result which keeps them six points adrift of safety.

The Millwall boss is facing calls from the terraces to step down but yesterday received the backing of chairman John Berylson.

And Dunne insists the 51-year-old is not to blame for the club's plight – claiming not even Chelsea's Jose Mourinho would be able to cope with the Lions’ injury list.

"Holloway is a fantastic manager and I honestly believe that if Mourinho came in tomorrow, it wouldn't make the slightest bit of difference," said the defender.

"It's not the manager. We as players aren't doing it enough. Holloway could go tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference because we're missing key players through injury.

"The manager isn't working with the squad that he put together.

"I feel sorry for the chairman because he's put a lot of money into buying new players and half of them aren't even available.

"We've got quite a few injuries at the moment and that's really hurting us.

"If we can get a few of those players in back in time, it will strengthen the squad because we haven't got enough depth at the moment.

"If you look at our bench on Tuesday, we're missing some important players. A club like Millwall can't complete at this level without a full squad.

"Nicky Bailey is a big player and we miss him. Stefan Maierhofer can cause a bit of carnage up front and there's Paris Cowan-Hall who we haven't seen anything of.

"Shaun Cummings is a loss at right back because Jimmy Abdou is being asked to play out-of-position.

"Lee Martin can create chances whether he starts or comes off the bench, and he's out. We've been unlucky with injuries. It's very hard to deal with that.

"But the players have got to take responsibility as well. The manager is having a difficult season and has had to make a lot of changes to the squad.

"I don't blame the manager – the players have to take a look at themselves.

"Everyone is trying and giving 100 percent, including the manager, and just because you lose 3-0 it doesn't mean you're not giving your all.

"We've got to stay together and keep our team spirit.

"The manager is doing all he can and we feel like we owe him because we haven't been anywhere near the level that we should've been at this year.

"Everyone is giving their all but it's not good enough at the moment."

Alex Aldridge


141 thoughts on “Millwall captain: Players have to take the heat off Ollie

  • March 5, 2015 at 09:05

    Crap talk

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    • March 5, 2015 at 13:45

      Agree totally rubbish from Dunne. Need a striker who scores to settle players down .

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    • March 5, 2015 at 13:58

      @crow191049: @crow191049:
      I tell you what Dunne, why don't you take Ollie to Bibas night club in Bromley so he can get s*** faced on booze like you do. It might make him feel better. Oh and players getting injured in training is usually a sign of poor training methods and unfit players...... Finally Mourinho would deliver because he would balance the team, change the captain, drop Forde and inspire people. Quite the opposite to the confused. Com manager we have.

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      • March 5, 2015 at 19:48

        @east stand boy:

        See what Mourinho would do in your crystal ball, did you?

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        • March 7, 2015 at 07:45

          @Pittsey: @Pittsey: You don't need a crystal ball to realise any t*** could deliver more than what Holloway has this season.

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    • March 5, 2015 at 15:54

      @crow191049: first time on here, not in anyone's pocket and do not know anyone else on here. So here goes. Dunno came through the youth set up, surely that is what we want. Yes he has his bad days. But he always gives his all. What do you want him to stay. We are gong to lose every game and go down. He is captain he has to stay positive. JB has been a good chairman, he has put millions in. Lacey-Ferguson would have sld the ground for houses and shut us down. JB stopped that. Most people thought Ollie was the right manager. Especially after he kept us up. But even I must admit it is time to go. You can't keep changing teams, changing tactics mid-game, footballers aren't the cover its people around. Just play them where are supposed to be. If he wI'll not resign then put him on gardening leave. He will not like that. Nigel Gibbs is experienced with Chopper as number 2, he knows Millwall, knows the youngsters and has done well with the under 21's. That's is. Don't shoot. Just my opinion. Supporter since 1967. Supporters club member until last season. Have been season ticket holder many times. Went away a lot at one time. Who else would ant to own/manage us with the minority of hooligans dragging us through the mud every season. Be careful what you wish for.

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      • March 5, 2015 at 16:42

        Minority of hooligans ay. We're you there Saturday? Even a saint would have blown his lid.
        Av a word on that comment. I was there and witnessed the whole lot, as did my family who were with hooligans that I saw....I saw general retaliation of the human nature type given the crap that was thrown their way.

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        • March 6, 2015 at 10:27


          Where's all the dislike from???? People who obviously weren't there and think that millwall should be the do gooders..hahahaha

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  • March 5, 2015 at 09:09

    Are these two sleeping with each other?

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