Steve Coppell considered for Millwall advisory position

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STEVE Coppell is being considered for an advisory role at Millwall should Neil Harris be made the club's manager on a full-time basis.

Harris has made a fine start to his interim spell in charge of the Lions and won his first game against Charlton on Good Friday.

Coppell watched the game from the directors' box at The Den and is expected to take in several more fixtures before the end of the season.

The 59-year-old, who has previously managed Crystal Palace and Reading, has been director of football at Crawley and Portsmouth in recent years.

With over 25 years of management experience, Coppell would be an ideal sounding board for Harris and assistant Dave Livermore if they are appointed permanently.

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    • April 5, 2015 at 12:24
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      @wongo: That sounds interesting! But why Millwall? Must be good dough

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    • April 6, 2015 at 14:37
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      @wongo: timing is s***!! Only ambler could muddy the waters after a nice win...worse than Brentford!

      How's harris ment to make a go of things if there's a "fergie" type sitting in the stand behind whispering in ambers ear? Has anyone asked Neil? How's he ment to progress himself if there's tinkering from above? If his asked for someone a bit see with a few years behind him to help out then atleast get an old boy in .. Or better still give them am lets job altogether

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  • April 5, 2015 at 12:24
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    I can see why Millwall would like to have a 'name' like Coppell at the club and I've got a lot of respect for him. The question that needs to be asked and answered is what exactly he would be advising on? If he wants the CEO job then that's very good news but outside of that it just looks like another paycheque to me.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 12:33
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    Yes Steve was my obvious 1st choice to sorry I hate to be negative but Crawley and Portsmouth have hardly set the football world on fire have they

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    • April 5, 2015 at 13:01
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      @mfc2u: My thoughts exactly regarding Crawley and Portsmouth. I like Steve Coppell mainly because he's always stuck up for us when the media are trying to crucify us after some riot or other going on in the past. Think this could be a good addition though as I think he will work well with Bomber.

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      • April 5, 2015 at 13:58
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        @REAL Supporter: You are right he never did us down and perhap's the board are giving a lot of thought to getting a proper team at managment/coaching level,a bit late i know.
        Lee i hope you have calmed down after they scored i thought i would have to use my Powder Puff influence and hold you back from getting at the anoracks,but then by the time we would have run from the far end of the docker's stand we would have been K n ackerd anyway LOL

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        • April 5, 2015 at 14:40
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          @jim1222: yeah, very funny Jim. Not had much chance to get on here after the game but I'm still buzzing after the result. If we can just get a win on Saturday - I don't care if it comes off Gregory's boot lace Jimmy's a*** - just as long as we get that result. Get that and things will look really promising. See you Saturday mate.

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      • April 5, 2015 at 15:38
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        was hoping he was about to take amblers job how the man is still at our club is beyond me and your right Coppell has always been kind to us and has a great knowledge of the game but im not sure if that's enough to offer him a job . Maybe this would help Harris who knows but I must admit the timing is crap Harris is not yet our manager and it reminds me of the Justin Hoyte situation Ambler making decisions while we are in no mans land and without a manager will we ever learn @REAL Supporter:

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  • April 5, 2015 at 12:34
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    I said on a previous post we could do with a sounding board like this and suggested George Graham, who I assume has an affinity to the club or Steve Claridge who also loves the club. Not sure about Coppell but has always struck me as a decent man certainly has experience and I would think a lot of contacts. You also never know if there is a link between him and Chopper that maybe the reason.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 13:00
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    I Agree with Lennie if we are to go forward we must be MILLWALL through and through We have all seen the difference that BOMMER and Livers have installed . We need People that have a passion for this club or experience of putting a MILLWALL shirt on

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  • April 5, 2015 at 13:09
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    The mind boggles, an advisory role equates to someone that gives advice I guess, although I liked Mr Coppell as a player and he seems like a genuine guy do we really need someone else to muddy the waters just as we are starting to improve and play with Heart or could the money we pay him be better spent on players. mmmm The right manager is the manager that can get the best from the players at his disposel

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  • April 5, 2015 at 13:13
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    disposal and the quality of players he is likely to be able to acquire. Horses for courses comes to mind. Any way great start for chopper great attitude from the players. :)

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  • April 5, 2015 at 13:24
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    Well ,almost everyone on here was advocating that Harris should be made manager with an experienced man either assisting or being very close to him. For me coppell fits the bill, very experienced, good football brain, very cool head,and a real gentleman, and almost certainly Harris would have had some input into this, I don't believe the club would bring in someone Harris wouldn't want to have assisting him or working closely with him.so for me, a good appointment I think.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 13:37
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    To be honest I like the idea, I love Bomber, he has brought back our Millwall from the dead by getting the best of the players we have, but he is young and will not know all the ins and outs of the football business. Remember he was not scheduled to take the reigns of the club so soon. By bringing in an adviser will not only educate Bomber, but will also make him aware of the pitfalls. Why set up a fresh manager to fail? We need to develop him to become even better, tactically aware and to become a bigger legend and eventually name a stand in his name.

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    • April 5, 2015 at 14:03
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      @vonhardshaft: at the moment Chopper's tactics seem to be working but I guess his choices are restricted giving the position we are in and in time when his choices may be a little more complicated the advice and guidance from an old campaigner like Steve Coppell could prove invaluable, I just worry that the immediate effects would be if it works don't fix it but football is a bit more complicated than that I know. :)

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  • April 5, 2015 at 14:04
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    Is there another aspect too, in as much as Chopper is 'one of the lads' which can be a good thing in getting a harmony in the group, I think you saw this in the way he reacted with the players at the end of the last match and indeed when the subs came off. Coppell is certainly regarded, it seems, as a very honorable and decent man by those outside the game so, I would assume then, also by those inside it. It could be Steve would be the 'distant partner', the one who explains to players why they are not getting a contract and all the other off field things that go on, which can affect a manager/player relationship, which is, I think, the part of the job that Chopper has no experience in, so leaving Neil to just coach and learn. Obviously the pair would discuss what is needed from a team point of view both players and tactics Coppell gets the players, agents and targets sorted along with the new bloke to leave Neil with the task of getting the team ready.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 14:09
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    what exactly will be Coppells job .......to advise Chopper ? what the hell does that mean.....Harris is experienced enough , he knows what this club needs hes 37 not 17.....Andrew Mills data bank rubbish Steve Coppell Director of Football Andy Ambler CEO ......it sounds good to a yank who dont understand football but to me it sounds a load of nonsense......Make Coppell CEO makes more sense

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  • April 5, 2015 at 14:12
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    I think the idea sucks.not cos its coppell.but cos its yet another drain on the expenses..we have just thrown away a mill to the loon..we have bought in the brentford bloke.so i cant see why we would want him.i mean what exactly would he be doing..
    save the money on contracts for the brilliant youth that have been doing us proud

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    • April 5, 2015 at 15:55
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      @Jim28: THATS IT JIM28, SAVE THE 'BREAD' FOR WHEN WE NEED A PROPER FULL TIME EXPIERENCE MANAGER!WE WANT TO GO FORWARD, CAUSE THE CROWD WILL TURN UP,LIKE THEY DID ON GOOD -FRIDAY.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN'NORMAN.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 14:34
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    it's a hard one to call especially as I don't have a clue what all theses different posts are for on the face of it seems like a drain on resources chief of this head of that, advice is good if it's good advice but how much will it cost jury's out for me. Coppell one of football's good guys I think.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 14:41
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    6 games to go ....The team playing well ....wrong time to make this public....Harris has to give everything to the next 6 games why confuse his position now ......Ambler is not a football man he is now undermining Chopper.....nothing against Coppel but the wrong time

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  • April 5, 2015 at 15:50
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    Coppell has walked out of clubs at the drop of a hat.....I m sure he s got mental health problems....Ambler needs to find out before he does it again

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    • April 5, 2015 at 22:14
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      @SE17 Lion: hope that's not the case. Ex palace with questioanable state of mind? Hmmm that reminds me of someone.......

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  • April 5, 2015 at 15:55
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    Given that Bomber has made a good start, I think that bringing anyone in at the moment looks like a lack of confidence in his management. If it is only for talent sporting and contacts then fine

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  • April 5, 2015 at 16:00
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    Just give harris the job and if Coppell is a good fit ok,but don't need someone for a pay cheque .Harris, the way to go forward for club and our youth .

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  • April 5, 2015 at 16:05
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    It could have been Harris' idea....? He might bring some good experience and have an input into man management he won't be costing a kings ransom on the basis his stock has fallen quite a bit in the past 5 years or so and he always seemed to have a soft spot for us...

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    • April 5, 2015 at 16:54
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: I agree there is no way this has not been done without Harris being fully informed. I may even suggest that he has said I need help with the back room stuff, as I am sure he is neither fully experienced in that department nor does he have the time just at the moment. Who knows it may have been Harris that recommended Coppell as someone he can work with. Not sure if Neil and Steve have history together.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 16:59
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    Getting an experienced adviser in is a good idea, but I would like to know more about the consulting role before I support 100%. Coppell Knows this club and what we expect

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    • April 5, 2015 at 17:06
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      @glyngo: Mike Calvin mentioned his name along with Peter Taylor the other week on Lions Live

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      • April 6, 2015 at 01:10
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        @George Jacks: that's a good recommendation in my book but I still would like to know what this consulting role involves and how it would work alongside the management team.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 17:51
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    Nice thing is that no one on here has had a bad word against the man himself on this site and that he has supported us in the past even though he has never had a connection.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 18:19
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    Six games left, only 4 behind. In Neil we trust.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 18:50
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    My mind boggle's now ---- More money we cant afford to cough up ---- who else is going to come and drain us of valuable fund ------ we need a miracle and as it's Easter can we get divine intervention .... What next is AA going to thrust upon us

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  • April 5, 2015 at 19:50
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    Maybe this is a sign that Ambler may be being eased out, rather have Coppell with his experience and tact. He will take a lot of weight off of Neil's shoulders so he can concentrate on building the team. A good move if it comes to fruition.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 20:20
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    not to sure about Coppell's managerial record seem to remember him having some success followed by indifference but on the field he was a grafter and a true professional type of player that goes down well at Millwal . Anyone know his stats as a manager?

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  • April 5, 2015 at 21:02
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    First mills now coppell sounds like ambler wants other people to do his job for him. Wonder why

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    • April 5, 2015 at 21:10
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      @block 28: block me think's Ambler has a job at the FA on the Horizen.
      At least i hope he has.

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      • April 6, 2015 at 00:28
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        @jim1222: when we bought mills in he made a point of writing a big article in the SLP to say that he had heard the rumour about a post with the Fa.and that he was staying..i didn't read it all cos i run out of toilet paper

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  • April 5, 2015 at 21:41
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    This is what I wil do if I was john b I would wait 2 see chopper save us then I would give him a job full time if he doesn't then I would give it 2 steve hopefully we say up COYL

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  • April 5, 2015 at 22:01
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    The role of Coppell makes sense, Harris will concentrate most of his time to coaching the players, Mills job is to soley focus on player recruitment and bringing Harris a selection of best fit players on the market and Coppell is an experienced football man that we have sorely missed who will provide the football knowledge and infrastructure. Ambler will resume auditing the finances and off field business. Finally JB writes the checks and remains an avid Lions fan in the stands!

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  • April 5, 2015 at 22:58
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    With six games to go and not getting anyone in on loan, thanks Watford, then I'm sure coppell won't cost much and tbh what harm is it gonna cause ?????
    Besides it doesn't say he's actually signed up for the post only that the club are looking at him and vise versa.
    If chopper has asked for help and agrees to coppell then what's the issue ?? The blokes a gud en likes us and maybe willing to help out, no different to any loan signing we get. Who knows it may even pay off, another thing what with the inexperience between chopper and livers I think it's a good idea to have an older head helping them out but only if they agree to it.

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  • April 5, 2015 at 23:15
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    Not shore about mr coppell. Think this old dog has had he's day.. Chopper has started really well . The most important thing for me is . He has brought passion back into the team.. Good luck for Watford Neil .

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  • April 6, 2015 at 01:13
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    Seen a few comments on here saying that Coppell should be considered for the CEO role, but he has no experience or track record in that position which is really a business management role and not a football role. I just don't believe that is what's going on, seems too far fetched even for our club!

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  • April 6, 2015 at 08:59
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    Stop this madness now Millwall. Learn from your mistakes don't compound them!

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  • April 6, 2015 at 10:39
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    Reads like it could possibly be a director of football role. Exeter City have a similar set up with Steve perryman and Paul Tisdale. Tisdale is currently second longest serving league manager behind Wenger. I'm indifferent to be honest as at some clubs directors of football haven't been successful.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 12:02
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    Surely the clue here is in the first paragraph when it says: 'being considered... should Harris get the job on a full time basis'.
    That suggests to me that it may have been something Harris has himself brought up as one of the things he'd like if he gets the job permanently.
    As for Coppell's record during his time at Pompey & Crawley, surely that's irrelevant as you're talking about a club in total turmoil and freefall in the last 5 years and a club that have risen from the Conference relegation places to League 1 in a similar time and have probably gone as far as they can. As we all know, our club is unique, Coppell has a genuine soft spot for us and this could be a great move.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 13:26
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    when Ollie arrived JB supported him 100% he wanted to take the players to Portugal he was given it. he wanted the training ground re furbished he was given it. he wanted a new pitch at the den and was given it. he wanted total control of the whole set up and was given it. Cant see much past the fact that Harris has asked for this appointment probably to allow him to comit 100% to the players,training,and team selections,
    COYL.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 14:03
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    In my humble opinion this is very bad timing.
    Millwall as a club should be 100% focused on getting behind Neil Harris and nothing such as this article should detract from that whilst we fight for our survival in the Championship.
    To me it shows gross incompetence on the club's part and the Chief Executive should clarify the situation immediately.
    We all know that Neil is in charge until the end of the season, but inviting a former manager down the Den and inviting him up to the Directors Box is an unwanted distraction.
    Steve Coppell wants to be in management in the Championship (see below article) which is why someone from Millwall should officially clarify the situation.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3011919/Steve-Coppell-win-promotion-Premier-League-two-years-English-football-turned-him.html

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    • April 6, 2015 at 15:03
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      Steve Coppell: 'Back me and I will win you promotion to the Premier League within two years'...daily mail's headline
      Not the 1st palace knob to say this@MillwallGra:

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  • April 6, 2015 at 14:37
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    f*** off Coppel. We dont need any more ship wrecks at the club.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 17:33
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    Rotherham won. Youth all the way please Harris.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 17:41
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    Maths are very simple now we need to win three more games than Fulham or Rotherham. Very big ask.

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    • April 6, 2015 at 18:18
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      @lennie the lion: Harris should have been in place prior to Rotherham match. Would have given us half a chance.

      Will need to win 5 from 6 or 4 and 2 draws to stay up I reckon.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 18:27
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    its in our hands....Ambler and Coppell aint on the pitch playing.........4 wins 2 draws...14 points that will keep us up Aiden ,Lee ,hit that onion bag ...Jos and Sid win them tackles.Ed and Martyn get stuck in and Dunney keep that bench warm

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    • April 7, 2015 at 13:29
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      @SE17 Lion: can't agree it is completely out of our hands in is in the hands of Rotherham and Fulham, although I would take either your 'win 5 from 6 or 4 and 2 draws' now.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 20:02
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    Its all over lads, just enjoy the charlton win and move on to next season, we always come back stronger and theres no reason to think it wont happen again ,

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  • April 6, 2015 at 20:28
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    If we beat Wigan we'll send them down and they've sacked their manager tonight so obviously they haven't given up just yet. After that, it's us, Rotherham or Fulham. We've got Cardiff, Blackburn and Wolves away. Rotherham have got Boro, Fulham and Leeds away. Fulham have got Charlton, Blackpool and Norwich away. The game on the 15th is the one to get stressed about as it's Fulham v Rotherham. In any case, we need to gain 8 points more than they do to stay up. A very tall order which could have been prevented had Millwall removed Holloway earlier. Shame the board didn't have more faith in the fans opinions when it seemed so f****** obvious that wa sthe right thing to do. Whatever happens, I sincerely hope that lessons have been learnt, albeit the hard way.

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      • April 6, 2015 at 21:40
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        @SE17 Lion: 8 more points than Rotherham or Fulham with 6 games to go. Sorry if that was too difficult for you.

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        • April 7, 2015 at 19:09
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          @NICKOLA: luckily Chopper and the boys dont give up as easily as you Nick

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  • April 6, 2015 at 20:54
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    If the wal played today and won we would be 3pts behind fulham & still 4 behind rovrum..still game on

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  • April 6, 2015 at 21:10
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    Rovrum won today. We are down. League 1 here we come. We are c****!

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  • April 6, 2015 at 21:11
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    Rovrum won today. We are down. League 1 here we come. We are c***s

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  • April 6, 2015 at 21:11
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    Rovrum won today. We are down. League 1 here we come. We are poo

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  • April 6, 2015 at 21:12
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    Rovrum won today. We are down. League 1 here we come.

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  • April 6, 2015 at 21:24
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    Cant see Rovveram getting much change outta Middlebro Saturday,so if we can take 3 points against Watford we can still do it but anything else and i think its all over...this Saturday really is last chance salloon in my opinion..

    COYL

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    • April 6, 2015 at 22:25
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      @MIGHTY: need to win last three home matches and one from three away..... Tall order, but can be done

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  • April 7, 2015 at 01:19
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    Yeah Mighty, can be done but Watford are nearly top. Let's get real boys we beat ten men the other day. No money, no hope were doomed

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    • April 7, 2015 at 08:30
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      @Fmac:
      we were the better side at Brentford and by far the better side against the anoraks even with 11 men.
      Bomber has turned a no hope side into a battling side in the space of a couple of weeks. IF and its a big IF we get 3 points saturday we can do it. keep believing m8ty and lets hope Bomber doesnt give it up as easily as some on here.. by next tuesday evening if the anoraks do us a fovor tonigh we could be 1 point behind Fulham and Rotherham who still have to play each other....oh them if's lol

      COYL

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  • April 7, 2015 at 11:19
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    Pray for a miracle, I remember Watford beating us 1-0 when we were flying high and they were at the wrong end of the table and they were singing the table's upside down cerca 1971-72 let's hope we can sing the same song to them come Saturday. The thought of league 1 football ! words can't explain. :o

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  • April 7, 2015 at 19:14
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    Ive never seen so many Millwall fans giving up so easily ....get down the Den Saturday and get behind our team....stop being pussycats.......Holloway is gone this is Real Wall

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