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 13:52
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    To be fair Matt we have been `Abysmal` for the last 2 or 3 years.

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    • March 11, 2015 at 14:13
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      @Longfield Lion: Can't argue with that, so some of these players are also partly responsible too. They need to take a good hard look at themselves and sort themselves out.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 14:09
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    WE ACHIEVED A MIRACLE LAST YEAR LETS HOPE THAT NEAL CAN DO THE SAME . I FEEL HE HAS BEEN CAST IN A LITTLE EARLY FOR HIS MANAGERIAL CAREER TO START BUT WE ALL NEW HE WAS THE ONE WHO WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME THE MANAGER . IF THE WORST HAPPENS THEN AS WE ALL KNOW THERE ARE CERTAIN PLAYERS WHO HAVE TO LEAVE THEN WE COULD BUILD A MILLWALL SIDE OF YOUNG PLAYERS WHO ARE COMING THROUGH OUR YOUTH SYSTEM AS WELL AS THOSE WHO WE HAVE OUT ON LOAN ESPICIALLY THOSE TWO SCORING GOALS TO ADD TO THE TALENTS OF TO NAME JUST A FEW NELSON POWELL O BRIAN COWAN HALL GREGORY GOODMAN . WE NEED TO GET A NEW GOAL KEEPER IT COULD TAKE 2 SEASONS BUT THEY WOULD SMILES BACK ON OUR FACES AND MAKE THE DEN THE WAY IT USED TO BE A CRIME TO TAKE A POINT

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  • March 11, 2015 at 14:21
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    Cascarino.claridge.lawrence..is there any other ex millwall player want to join in

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    • March 11, 2015 at 14:48
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      @Jim28: looks like the vultures are circling. Ain't cascarino the one that done a runner on us with 12 games left

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      • March 11, 2015 at 15:08
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        @block 28: Yep, he's the one Block28 & Jim28, during Dennis Wise manager spot.But, I think the whole set up fell flat cause the powers - above would. NOT give wisey the 'extra bread' for players.Stormin' did post that DW should be approached to make a 'Come - Back' : Who Knows ? ( NOLU, WDC ).Bolton & Brentford will hear the Loud Millwall Roar, won't they Fellas? Not to mention Poor ole Brightons Seagulls!LOL .

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    • March 11, 2015 at 15:35
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      Where in that article is claridge mentioned

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    • March 11, 2015 at 17:47
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      @Jim28:

      Claridge can't talk. Worst manger we've ever had (for a month)

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  • March 11, 2015 at 14:22
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    Well summarised by Matt Lawrence and Cascarino - those running the club - plainly did not know what they were doing and waited too long. Presumably the Chairman makes a better fist of his dayjob.
    It would be interesting to know how loud the voice of the Fan on the board has been through this debacle. It must be a difficulkt job to do - but I do wonder if sometimes more loyalty and support is shown to the board than it is to the fans over such fundemental mis management of team affairs.

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    • March 11, 2015 at 14:39
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      @crow191049: I would think the FOB position is merely a token/PR jesture, if his opinion is ever heared I would think that is probably ignored. After all, these people are business people and are not going to listen to the fan on the terraces (what do they know?) so the FOB is probably just humoured.

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      • March 11, 2015 at 14:59
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        @Sealion: I was really disappointed how he seemed to get used by the club during the Regeneration nonsense. It's a shame, but I think that lost him a lot of credibility in some fans eyes.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 14:57
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    We can do it 3 or 4 wins and the 2 or 3 above us drop points we will start looking safe, come on wall show us what your made of

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  • March 11, 2015 at 14:59
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    We have got to give Neil all the support even if we lose. He is going to be a good manager and has been given a hopeless task thanks to Holloway not going sooner.
    He is Millwall throughout and will try his best to get the pride back. COYL

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  • March 11, 2015 at 15:28
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    ex players say it fans say it ...and I suppose the players were thinking it....Ollie should have gone before the January window......hes gone now probably to get more season tickets sold

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  • March 11, 2015 at 15:51
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    I just hope sir Neil Harris can work some of he's magic with greggs and what strikers he picks for the last ten games,and sort out our defence ffs,but good luck mate we'll be right behind you.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 16:33
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    It is what it is , lets forget Holloway for now , he's done the damage - enough said !! , there's 10 games left, so lets get our act together on the terraces & support the team & Bomber & hope that miracles happen twice in a row

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  • March 11, 2015 at 16:41
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    Leeds and Birmingahm Points deduction our only hope.

    Build for the future

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  • March 11, 2015 at 16:42
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    Cascarino is a t***. He bemoaned our FA cup final with Man U on radio saying he preferred the final to only have big teams in it.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 17:29
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    Good luck Bomber no expectations let's see some fight until the end. COYL

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  • March 11, 2015 at 17:33
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    only thing is tony 442 is the only formation he did'nt use

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  • March 11, 2015 at 17:46
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    I've always said it ,there's no sentiment in football ,Ollie was paid to do a job,it was my millwall,our millwall,your millwall, the only problem now is he'll find another club with a big contract and our millwall will be in leaque one and he won't give a t***, that's something you've learnt Mr Berylson in soccer he's just paid to do a job..... Should have gone with the Rotherham result.

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    • March 11, 2015 at 19:34
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      @The Roar: I really don't think he will land another managers job after this, if he ever had any credibility it is well and truely shot now what with us and Palace. If any team does give him a job then it's nice to know there are more stupid clubs than us out there and it will all end in tears. We may have called him a clown but he's laughing all the way to the bank at the moment but what will hurt is his ego, it has taken a battering. He may think it's not his fault but anyone in the know including the media all know it is. Farewell charlatan.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 18:16
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    I have not read all the comments, but would like to say Good luck Bomber, we really do not mind seeing silky football until August, right now we just need to grind out some results. I love Millwall, always have always will. 50 bloody years. COYL !!! PLEASE

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  • March 11, 2015 at 18:59
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    I sincerely hope Millwall fans are not expecting too much.

    Whilst i agree that NH is an absolute legend, let's not expect miracles.

    We didn't improve much in his last stint at the helm between lomas and holloway.

    Neither has our scoring record improved since he has been the attacking coach.

    What I am hoping is that he can identify typical Millwall types of players and make sure whomever the next incumbent is, is also fully aware of exactly who fits that criteria.

    Personally I am 100% behind him, but resigned to watching league one footie for the next few years.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 19:54
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    A couple of planks said coco was trying to give our youngsters a chance, they were already here, he didn't scout them or bring them to the club.the credit goes to the youth coaches.

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  • March 11, 2015 at 20:01
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    I know this sounds bloody obvious but getting the right manager for next season could really determine the future of Millwall long term I hope the club take their time and have AA nowhere near the decision ,if anything he should also be shown the door .
    Because if we do go down and then find ourselves at the wrong end of division one I personally don't think the current players would be able to roll their sleeves up and get us out of that situation just imagine a 3rd manager who was wrong for the job and looking at league 2 it doesn't bear thinking about .
    I think league one will be a lot harder to get out of mainly because we have seen a level of investment at clubs even in the lower divisions, just like everyone else I love Bomber but please lets not get carried away even if the performances are better under him, being 100% Millwall should never be the main reason to manage our club Rhino Mccleary come to mind saying that he looked good in the interview I saw and obviously I wish him all the best .
    Sorry got to go as it feels weird being on here and not having a rant .

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  • March 11, 2015 at 20:15
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    I took a mate Saturday who is very knowledgeable when it comes to football unfortunately he's a man u supporter he said Millwall was not sh** but had no confidence and no one up front now Ih has gone. The mighty Millwall fans will give them confidence and the mighty NH being a striker will play two up front. We might not stay up be we will win some games

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    • March 11, 2015 at 21:12
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      he was obviously a good mate if he told you we were not s*** friends like that are hard to find your a lucky person , I think your right Bomber will play 2 up front im sure @munchy:

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    • March 11, 2015 at 22:11
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      Did he really not think we were s***?!
      You're mates been watching to many United games by the sounds of it, got used to poor performances ;)

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