Holloway "privileged" to be Millwall boss despite criticism

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IAN Holloway does not feel under pressure at Millwall and insists he is "privileged" to be in charge at The Den – despite being unpopular with the club's fans.

The Lions are eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Championship table but Holloway says he remains in a "very fortunate" position.

Holloway was booed by supporters during Saturday's 4-1 defeat to Norwich and spent the majority of the second half seated in the home dugout.

The 51-year-old took it upon himself to stand back from the touchline because "they [the fans] would all vent their spleen on me and that wouldn't help the team".

However, Holloway is eager to carry on in the role and says Millwall have not "thrown in the towel" in their bid to beat the drop.

"My job was to try to keep us up but if we went down it was to get us back up," he said.

"I got a two-and-a-half-year contract to do that but unfortunately people's patience might run out. But I fully intend to keep doing my job, it's as simple as that.

"If I won them a game, if we scored the first goal, then it would be fantastic, but I can't remember the last time we won at The Den.

"That always causes issues. When you go 4-0 down at home, it's not good for anybody is it? So I fully understand.

"But managers don't worry – you can't. You have to do your job. My job is to pick the players up and nobody has as much enthusiasm as me.

"There are only three outcomes in my job – you either win, lose or draw. I don't see that as pressure. I'm so fortunate and lucky enough to be a manager.

"Losing a game is an occupational hazard, and then you get on with it.

"Pressure is when you've got to have cancer treatment to save your life or your kid is terminally ill. That's what pressure is. I'm very, very fortunate.

"I wake up every day feeling privledged to be in this position. Lots of people when I was a player at QPR wouldn't have dreamed that I'd end up being a manager for so long.

"At the minute our energy is on the floor and I need to pick that up."

Holloway has asked Millwall fans to keep supporting the team – but accepts they may have already turned against him.

He added: "If they've given up on me, what can I do about it?

"But Millwall are going to be fantastic [in the future] because they're a fantastic club.

"They've been here since 1885 and sometimes they have ups and downs but every one of the fans normally sticks with their team, providing they try hard.

"All I ask them to do is stick with your team. Will I be manager of this club in five minutes, two weeks or six years like Kenny Jackett was? Who knows.

"When I first came here, the chairman wanted to give me a lot longer contract and I didn't think that was fair on him.

"I said 'that's not fair on you because all sorts of things can happen' and I'm glad for him I said that now.

"He deserves a fantastic club and at the minute it's struggling and toiling.

"Everybody's going to blame someone and if that's me, I'm still privledged to be that person they're going to blame.

"I'll shoulder all of that responsibility as a man and as a manager all day long. I'm ready to go to work to pick this lot up – over and over again.

"Not one of them has chucked the towel in and that's certainly good enough for me.

"This is important to me and Saturday hurts me like you wouldn't believe. My boys kept going and kept fighting and I'm sorry if that's not good enough."

Holloway claims he had reservations about the Lions' ability to survive in the second tier before he took the job over a year ago.

He said: "If people think I'm making excuses, then I'm sorry, and if they aren't where they thought I would take them, then I'm sorry, but maybe we all aren't quite good enough.

"I came here with that in mind, thinking I'd have a chance to work hard with people who are down to earth like myself.

"I had massive concerns about what could be achieved with the players we had, the players that were signed on for this season and the budget.

"But Millwall is much more important than me. The owner they've got is absolutely magnificent and he deserves better than what we've got at the moment."

Alex Aldridge


123 thoughts on “Holloway "privileged" to be Millwall boss despite criticism

  • March 9, 2015 at 13:48

    Are we privelaged to have in charge still after this dismal run of games?????

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    • March 9, 2015 at 17:03

      @paulsanders22: @paulsanders22:
      So he doesn't feel any pressure and he cant remember the last time we won at home........The f****** Chuckle brothers would do a better job than this p**** !!!!

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      • March 9, 2015 at 18:16

        @east stand boy:

        We are proud of you Millwall ... Holloway ain't proud ...let's sack him.. He ain't got the honor to resign

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      • March 9, 2015 at 18:20

        Our supporters are the loyalist in the land ... Holloway ain't got the pride or the honor to resign .. Do the board not listen to the fans

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      • March 9, 2015 at 18:21

        Our supporters are the best in the land ... Holloway ain't got the pride or the honor to resign .. Do the board not listen to the fans

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      • March 9, 2015 at 18:26

        Our supporters are the best in the land ... Holloway ain't got the pride or the honor to resign .. Do theynot listen to the fans sack him now

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    • March 9, 2015 at 17:28

      @paulsanders22: should give Zampa a chance could not do any worse

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  • March 9, 2015 at 13:49

    F*** me, here he goes again.

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    • March 9, 2015 at 14:43

      @Chipplefuddywick: I don't think he ever stopped - he's just on a permanent loop now.

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