Millwall chairman gave Holloway chance to prove himself

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IAN Holloway was given one last chance to save his job at Millwall but chairman John Berylson lost faith in him after defeats to Middlesbrough and Norwich.

Holloway was allowed to remain in charge for two more games even though Berylson was starting to doubt whether he had the right manager in charge.

The Den supremo had hoped Holloway would be able to spring a surprise result to give the Lions "something to build on" heading into the last ten games of the season.

But a 3-0 loss at the Riverside followed by a 4-1 thumping against the Canaries forced his hand.

"I knew Norwich and Middlesbrough were going to be very difficult opponents so throwing a new manager into those two games would have been unfair," Berylson said.

"But I felt it was fair to Ollie to let him have them – if he was going to prove himself, that would have been a great time to do it.

"If he’d pulled something off against Middlesbrough and Norwich, there would have been something to build on and maybe we could've worked something out.

"I didn't see a new manager getting a bounce in those two games.

"I didn't think I was losing anything by giving Ollie an extra chance because they were points we were unlikely to get anyway."

Holloway was the highest-paid manager in Millwall's history and the club has described removing him from his position as a "million-pound decision".

"Regardless of the timing, it was always going to be very expensive," added Berylson.

"It was more a case of deciding whether Ollie was the right manager for us now and in the future.

"If he'd gone to Middlesbrough and won or got a result against Norwich, he might have had a chance. That was my logic.

"I like Ollie enormously and it's never easy to sack a manager. You'd love to pull the trigger on someone you dislike but that's never been the case for me."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Millwall chairman gave Holloway chance to prove himself

  • March 12, 2015 at 09:26
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    Ollie should have gone long ago.Thats in the past now lets all move and get behind chopper.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:27
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    JB More money than sense comes to mind on your football decisions, you should look on NAD more often as there is always advice on here I will admit not all of the same standard though, but I will say that you made the right decision, lets hope you learn as you last 2 have not been on the money (no pun intended).

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    • March 12, 2015 at 17:01
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      @Barnlion:
      Haha !!! Look on news at den for advice. f*** me ive not read anything as funny in my whole life! The only advice he could get off here is how to be a turncoat, how to just abuse your players constantly, how to scream and shout and argue like a 5 year old, and how to lick a window properly.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:29
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    So JB was paying attention and was very aware of what was going on, feeling the same, JB is a true fan like the rest us but just with deeper pockets! Looking forward to the next 10 Games and the new season regardless of whatt division we may find ourselves in

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:29
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    Tbh it's not your fault jb it was something like 86% of us thought he was the right man as well! Yet again you've plunged a s*** load of dollar into our club for no return. I think more of us should be grateful for that. Anyway let's move on! Wouldn't like to be on your shoes finding our next manager. I think Neil needs more time to develop with the under 21's no doubt he will be manager one day though. Good luck harris COYL!!!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:47
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    Whilst I appreciate all that John Berylson has put into the club. I can't listen to the comments about the decision being made at this stage due to the million pound payout. How much difference will the finances coming into the club in league one be compared to the championship. Delaying the decision until we are virtually down has cost the club a few million, not just 1m in compensation. Fully agree Ollie had to go but the board and the scouts, plus Andy Ambler, who usually talks to our potential signings, as well as Lomas and Kenny Jackett have to take some responsibility for not being able to persuade a goalscorer that Millwall is the club for them in the past 3 years. We would not be where we are with a goalscorer, for so many game over the first half of the season we have just needed someone on the end of chances.

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    • March 12, 2015 at 15:53
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      @wonky thicklips: so... You're saying IH is the only reason we are going down and that without him we'd have stayed up?

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:03
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    Jb thats 62 games to late not poxy 2..
    olly went on about how low the budget was compared to clubs that get relagated only to get millions from parachute payments.then walk away with the entire club's revenue..proves what a two faced s*** he is

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:10
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    Hope you read this JB, i just want to say i am the most suspicious cynical person on the planet bar none.
    And whatever your motives were when you came to the club I believe you now have an affinity with Millwall like any other fan.
    I would like to thank you publicly for not allowing the team I love end up down the pisshole !

    ps. If you do decide to jump ship can you make sure some mega rich Qutaris take over !
    Thanks in advance,
    Yours gratefully
    Bollocky

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:16
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    I don't think JB needs to justify his decision it must be a difficult ,things could not continue as they were.We now need get behind our club and cheer and roar them on to the best of there capabilities. Come on you Wall !!!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:19
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    About two months to much time, now I don't think Harry Houdini can save us from relegation! But with super Neil we have a Millwall man who knows the Millwalll way so let's get behind him and with a bit of luck and a lot of passion from the players who knows! COYL

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:36
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    The problem with JB is that he's reliant on the board to steer the ship in his lengthy absences. I can't help feeling that if he was on English soil a bit more often, he would have seen what was happening and dealt with it. Looking at the results from 5,000 miles away is one thing, getting a taste of reality is another. I don't like his statement ""I didn't think I was losing anything by giving Ollie an extra chance because they were points we were unlikely to get anyway." Not the right outlook in my opinion. If his perception was no points from those games then that is a statement in itself about his faith in Holloway. Either way, he should have gone in January.

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    • March 12, 2015 at 23:55
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      @NICKOLA: When was the last time you went to a game Nic? Always sounds like your talking from an armchair ever time you comment on anything!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:43
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    Blimey, very honest and not holding back is he?
    Looks like Rotherham was the last straw for him,
    after bending over backwards for Holloway.

    Good luck to Bomber, he will try his hardest to put the
    fight and spirit back into the club and team, who know's,
    maybe some of the players might be able to lift themselves
    now Holloway is out of the way.

    Interesting comments on TalkSport yesterday regarding managers being
    on one year contracts below the premier league, Holloway being named
    as an example of what can happen with clubs on low budgets
    regarding payouts.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:25
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    Harris wil show carrot how 2 win a game nd show passion and courage in our players 2 kick ass come on wall harris we trust NOLU WDC

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:28
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    I don't think it would have been right to sack Holloway in January. With the benefit of hindsight, yes, but it was not foreseeable that the terrible results would continue. What we all knew in January was there were 20 or so players out of contract this summer and we didn't want to keep hardly any of them. The squad needed an overhaul, so why not do it in January. Despite the wierd tactical decisions Holloway had been making, there was still a reasonable belief that if he was allowed to get in a couple and move on a couple it could improve. That was less of a risk at the time than sacking him and droppng a new manager in the crap. We all thought the squad was the problem. It was, but the manager was a problem as well. Time told, we learnt and we are where we are.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 13:02
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    WHAT were the plans moving forward tho arfter the Lomas fiasco ?, players out of contract ,recruitment process non exsistent,talk of going abroad the cheaper option but staying with journey men here in our leaque and no sign of any player from abroad which was mentioned.
    money being haemorraging out of the club this season and more if we go down, no marquee forward signing in the summer when we new it was a weak area not just for this but the last couple of seasons ?, now tell me where the lets go forward plans were for this club , and i havent even mentioned Holloway yet Jim 28 lol , and we all had high hopes for this season !!.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 13:38
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    We couldn't afford to sack Holloway untill we couldn't afford not to!J.B needs better eyes and ears at the club if we are ever to achieve anything.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 14:27
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    ......and he proved himself to be a right berk.
    IMO JB acted in the best interests of the club throughout the debacle that was holloway.

    Thank you JB for all you do for Millwall

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  • March 12, 2015 at 15:12
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    Where does Ambler stand in all this? Hes overseen the last two appointments and I would imagine has his fingers in a lot of what goes on from top to bottom with JB being absent, they must be looking at him now and decide if he's got a future, before the next manager is found.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 15:23
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    Super John Berylson!! Now get rid of Ambler and ill be 'appy as larry ... Next season, get someone in who Harris can assist and who he can learn from, or let him get on with the U21's and learn from his own mistakes.

    Either way, get someone in who fits the bill and knows what they are doing ... easier said than done i know, but if you do your best, who can moan? ...silly question really lol

    F*** it, COYL! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLL

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  • March 12, 2015 at 17:17
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    Two games too many in my opinion but at least Harris avoided to early defeats during his reign.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 17:19
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    He should have gone in January, we all know that now. But JB pulls the strings so it was ultimately his decision. Hindsight is a wonderful thing I know but Ollie was clearly struggling months ago and the board couldn't see it. jB is gonna stay so lets get behind him and Bomber and hope for a decent 2015-16, I think it will be a good un NOLU

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  • March 12, 2015 at 19:10
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    JB the difference between you and me is youv made millions from your businesses i make a living from my own business but when it comes to decision that are plainly obvious I make the right decision where as you seemly can afford to ignore the obvious
    As a long long time supporter Im appalled that your knowledge of football and the people youv chosen to gather around you are very poor in giving you the right advice which means long term us the Fans suffer how many years in league 1 Im guessing 3/5 years
    Another bad decision on your behalf regarding IH and less revenue which brings us back to the beginning of the conversation
    Gobsmacked with the whole affair

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    • March 12, 2015 at 19:28
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      @southstand: maybe JB can make you a millionaire by providing business advice and you could give himsome football advice in return to make wall successful. Win win ;)

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    • March 12, 2015 at 23:57
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      @southstand: idiot. JB has worked hard for what he's got and saved the club from a spiral of debt and disaster. Have a little respect.

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