Millwall to make player contract decisions by committee

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MILLWALL are already making plans for next season but final decisions on player contracts won't be made until their fate in the Championship is sealed.

The Lions will be relegated to League One unless they can overturn a seven-point deficit in their remaining seven fixtures.

Neil Harris is in charge until at least the end of the campaign but the board will weigh-up whether to give him the job on a full-time basis once Millwall’s league status is known.

A number of players in the squad are due to become free agents in the summer but a "collective group of football people" is discussing who is likely to stay and who will be let go.

Chief executive Andy Ambler said: "No decisions have to be made on out-of-contract players until May 16, and no decisions will be made until we know our divisional status.

"There will be a group of people discussing these issues but Neil will definitely be part of the process.

"Andrew Mills, our new head of recruitment, Scott Fitzgerald and myself will also be involved.

"Dave Livermore is working with the first team now and Mick Harford knows the players too, so we've got a lot of football people around who are meeting regularly and having on-going conversations.

"We won't wake up one morning and decide that today's the day we're going to sort out contracts, it's already being looked at.

"It will be the people that know the players making decisions. Some of the decisions are obvious ones but some are dependent on which league we are in.

Harris' role at the club moving forward will also be on the agenda soon.

"Neil is in charge for the last seven games and the board will review that when it is appropriate," Ambler added.

"Once we know our divisional status, we can make some clear decisions. We've got three home games on the bounce and we’ll know a lot more after that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

22 thoughts on “Millwall to make player contract decisions by committee

  • April 2, 2015 at 08:37
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    No one likes us we dont care!keep the faith and we will stay up, we are far better than Rotherham and Fulham and poor management has led to our current plight (and a few lazy players!)

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  • April 2, 2015 at 08:41
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    So all the promising youth who's out of contract can walk.stop p****** about and give them secuirity or p*** of

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    • April 2, 2015 at 09:13
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      @Jim28: Hear what you're saying Jim and I think Ambler is a tool but there's no point keeping the likes of Marquis if we survive and at the same time there's bound to be players in that squad which won't be keen to sign a deal without knowing which league they're going to be playing in...

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  • April 2, 2015 at 08:53
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    Surely this was one of the problems with Holloway, players not sure whether they were wanted or not, created a bad atmosphere. Tie down those who want to play for us and those who are waiting to see what division we are in are obviously not committed to our club, so they can go too. Sign those we want now.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 09:09
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    "It will be the people that know the players making decisions.
    Well that's a relief then Ambler.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 09:26
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    The debacle this club finds itself in is entirely down to the board. Holloway should have gone weeks earlier, these contracts should have been sorted out at the end of last season and now we have players out of contract whom don't have a clue if they'll have employment next year, a wonderful tonic for ambition!! JB needs to be more hands on and relieve Ambler of his duties because clearly he's out of his depth!

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    • April 2, 2015 at 09:45
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      @horseworrier: I think we should form our own committee and vote this idiot out. Call a meeting, invite him to sit down and say- f*** off old son.

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      • April 2, 2015 at 11:22
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        @NICKOLA: He'll probably f*** off if we're relegated anyway and no doubt the board will thank him for his wonderful contribution to the football club!

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  • April 2, 2015 at 09:41
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    Why the f*** is Hartford still here ffs.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 09:43
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    Need to find out who wants to stay too, pointless waiting til end of season to offer contracts if some of them don't want to stay. Sort it now with 2 different contract options, one for Championship and one for League One and then it will be a visible incentive of a better contract to play for. If they don't want to sign then they can walk now.

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  • April 2, 2015 at 10:42
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    That's a relief your part of the process ambler we know how you love to sign a gem sure your already taking hoyte and his agent for lunch !!

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  • April 2, 2015 at 10:42
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    Let those who want out F O now , stick with N H & the kids they are the way forward
    In Bomber & his Babes we trust !!!!!! Onwards !!!!!! C O Y L

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    • April 2, 2015 at 11:45
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      @ascot lion: Agree with you Ascot Lion , Let Bomber carry on , bring the kids through, Rhino done the same & we ended up with a cracking squad of players, it didn't do us wrong then

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  • April 2, 2015 at 11:25
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    If they are waiting to make a decision based on our Championship status, then I fear the speculation will be over quite soon!!

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  • April 2, 2015 at 11:29
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    Will this committee be the same bunch of twats who spent a week in a top drawer hotel,at the end of last season and came to the conclusion that everything was tickety boo on the football side of things and no changes or investment was required?

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  • April 2, 2015 at 11:59
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    It shouldn't matter what division were in & basically shows ambler at his best (C**p) , if a player is good enough to wear a Millwall shirt , then lets put pen to paper & have done with it, at the same point theres a lot of dead wood so lets get rid , lets be honest weve been avoiding relegation for the last 3 seasons , which also tells a story , that the collective group of players are not good enough. Personally whether Bomber saves us or not , he should be given the job & give him a good crack at it, let him bring the youngsters in

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  • April 2, 2015 at 13:23
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    seven-point deficit - remaining seven fixtures. Sounds like seventh son of a seventh son

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  • April 2, 2015 at 14:32
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    I think this is 24 hours late, it would be a result if it was true.

    http://footballleagueworld.co.uk/celtic-eye-summer-move-for-millwall-defender/

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