Lawrence and Cascarino back Millwall's Holloway decision

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FORMER Millwall duo Matt Lawrence and Tony Cascarino believe the club's board made the right decision in sacking manager Ian Holloway.

Holloway's 14-month tenure at The Den was brought to an end on Tuesday with the Lions eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Championship.

Cascarino, who scored 42 goals in 105 appearances for Millwall between 1987 and 1990, now works as a pundit for Sky Sports.

And he said of Holloway's departure: "I think it was inevitable. Ian's had a horrendous run. October 25 was the last home victory.

"He's tried many different formations, 4-5-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, conceded goals at an alarming rate, changed personnel within that group and still lost games.

"I have to say Ian made a lot of mistakes. I never like it when I see managers make lots of changes and change formations so regularly.

"If you change things as a manager you've got to get them right. You're paid to make changes that improve the team.

"One thing that was pretty clear was that Ian couldn't turn it around even though they were on the slide and parachuting so fast.

"There wasn't a performance where you thought they were back on the right track."

Lawrence, who spent six years in Millwall's ranks between 2000 and 2006, believes the Lions are unlikely to avoid relegation despite Holloway being replaced by club legend Neil Harris.

"I think everybody knew this was coming," he told the BBC. "Most people are surprised it has taken this long.

"The fans completely turned and the minute you lose the fans your time is up and it is time to move on.

"I initially thought Holloway would be a wonderful fit for Millwall, but things haven't worked out for whatever reason.

"Hopefully now everyone can move on and try and drag Millwall out of the terrible situation they are in.

"If it had have happened in January then a new manager could have come in and brought some of his own players in.

"Neil has got to work with the squad he has got.

"They are three wins behind teams in safety above them and I think that is too much. They have been abysmal for the last three or four months, if not for large swathes of the season.

"I thought the loss at Rotherham would be the end for them and I still have to go along with that."

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39 thoughts on “Lawrence and Cascarino back Millwall's Holloway decision

  • March 11, 2015 at 13:41
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    Absolutely right, the board took too long to dismiss Holloway he should have gone far earlier, the fans new it but the board and JB did not. Therefore JB and the board including Ambler are partly responsible for the plight the club is in. Now young Neil has the difficult task of picking up the pieces, the guy is a star and good luck to him.

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    • March 11, 2015 at 15:11
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      @Peckhamlad: It’s not like players to criticise managers like that, but I think Lawrence has summed the situation up perfectly.

      I think most of us realise it’s probably too late to stay up now. But its still important we get totally behind Harris and don’t put him under too much pressure for these last 10 games. We all want to stay in the Championship and the crowd will be 100% behind him, but he’s still got to work with the same group of demoralised players and got a really tough job on his hands.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 13:43
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    Spot on matt

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