Millwall ready to appoint Harris on permanent basis

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MILLWALL will move quickly to clarify Neil Harris' future after the club's relegation to League One was confirmed.

The Lions have been hugely impressed with Harris during his interim spell in charge and they are ready to hand him the reins on a permanent basis.

Harris' appointment could be confirmed before the weekend, when Millwall play Wolves on the final day of the season.

The Lions' fate was sealed by Rotherham's 2-1 win over Reading last night, a result which put the Millers out of reach on 45 points.

Speaking this morning, Harris said: "We're bitterly disappointed but the league table doesn’t lie.

"This has been the third season in a row which has been touch-and-go. We've not been able to stabilise or kick on.

"There's been a lot of hard work and effort but we've not picked up enough points. That's the reality and we have to accept that."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

57 thoughts on “Millwall ready to appoint Harris on permanent basis

  • April 29, 2015 at 09:03
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    Anyone see what Rotherham's manager said in response to Gregory saying they'd bottle it? "Enjoy league one and keep your trap shut". What a c***. Gregory should grap that lesbian around the throat and squeeze until his head pops off

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    • April 29, 2015 at 09:33
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      They Will probably go down next year and we will probably come up so let's see who's laughing then.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:40
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      @mfclions:
      And Gregory didn't even call them bottle jobs, he actually said "hopefully they will bottle it".

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:07
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    Super Super Neil
    Super Super Neil
    Super Super Neil
    Super Neil Harris

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:14
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    Evans - What a big fat,red faced,sweaty p***k.
    At least super Neil has dignity.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:24
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    Good!
    Under super Neil we will score goals, win games and entertain.
    Keep bringing the youngsters through and no 30+!year olds on loan!
    Season ticket has been renewed and looking forward to another Wembley win via the play offs!!!
    COYL

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    • April 29, 2015 at 09:32
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      Why through the play offs? we can go up automatically!

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:35
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      @dpendet:
      Please no more play offs, I can't stand the tension and we all remember the pain of losing at Wembley, it's the worst place to lose a game.
      Straight up will do me but if has to be thru the play offs so be it.
      You are my Millwall my only Millwall you make me happy.................WWWAAAALLLLLLLLL

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:35
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    Oh well, the league does not lie and lets be honest its the third year in a row we have been here, but I think we would have been alright had it not been for the handicap that was Holloway and that's where the Board need to take the large share of the blame for not pumping him sooner and give Bomber a fighting chance.

    That's now in the past we have to plan for next season and give it a go to come straight back up, lets hope Harris gets the nod as we are all behind him and it would be nice if JB backed him with some cash similar to the amount he wasted on Coco both on his wages and on the pensioners he signed.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:37
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    Looking forward to next season already. I honestly think Harris and we must not forget Livers will do well. Fred, Sid, Obiren, Paris and Jack Powell all sign long term contracts and bedded into a regular playing team.

    Come on you lions

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:56
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      @JONO:
      I think O'Brien will be a goal machine next season.
      I think Gregory will hit 20 plus next season.
      I think that once all the loanees and out of contract players have gone Bomber will get around 2 million to spend, because of who he is I think that he has some good contacts and friends that may do us good deed or two.
      Just going back to last nights game, Reading were never going to do us a favour, in the first half they had 1 off target shot, them scoring was just a token gesture so that we can't accuse them of CHEATING, had Rotherham lost, Leeds on Saturday would have just rolled over without a doubt.
      All this thinking is making my brain itch.

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      • April 29, 2015 at 15:16
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        @terry the turk lion: yes O'brien looks like he could spark to life in League 1 and Gregory was bullying them Derby centre backs on Saturday... He will be solid next year. We need self belief, freedom to play and confidence.... Bomber and livers will give them that

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:45
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    Now we know our fate we can look forward. My doomsday scenario would have been relegation and the clown still being here. Trying to find positives; maybe a year in L1 will be beneficial to the youngsters and Bomber.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:46
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    Appointing Harris as manager is the best decision the club will make during this dismal season. Other than getting rid of Holloway but ultimately that decision came too late. We have had more than enough chances to save ourselves this season and we fluffed our lines on every one of them. I’m glad and relieved that we have been put out of our misery now than have the agony prolonged for another week, only for old King Kenny to send us down with a couple of Afobe and Henry goals.

    That would leave a sour taste in some fan’s mouth but Kenny did fantastic for us in his time with the club. He lost it a little bit at the end but a couple of managers and seasons later and the problems were still present. League One is a necessary evil to regroup and rebuild. What is worrying is the lack of infrastructure at the club as others have said it feels at Millwall we still run in a slightly amateurish almost naïve way so we end up getting our pants pulled down on transfers or potential signings by other clubs and agents. With the exception of Leyton Orient, most of the other London clubs are going from strength to strength and making progress on and off the field.

    This is Berylson’s and Amblers first taste of relegation and I’m sure they don’t like it one bit, especially JB! The man is a winner at heart and we can only hope this serves as a wake-up call to the Board that better more decisive decisions need to be made with a greater amount of money needed to be sunk into the club if we are truly to move forward. That includes in our youth set-up which is looking promising but must be always nurtured with its philosophy of Millwall style play right though all age groups. We need more knowledgeable football people to be brought into the club, more scouts out and around the country and in Europe to cast an eye on unearthing gems combine with the new statistical methods that many of the top clubs now use in combination with old school scouting techniques.

    Our defending since Kenny left has been awful and we have struggled to score goals in the past 3 seasons. We would like to think now that the club is finally fully aware that if the right quality striker comes along then serious money will need to be spent at any level of the game to acquire their services. The likes of Gregory and Morison will show, yes you don’t need to spend big to get a very good instinctive striker but those players take a long while to find their feet and get going at higher levels. It’s Ok to have one maybe two like that but you still need that player/s who will come in and make an immediate impact for positive winning results and they tend to cost.

    Bournemouth didn’t break the bank on their promotion winning squad but even they spent 2.5m for the pacey striker Tokelo Rantie and 3m for Callum Wilson but they also picked up some shrewd buys in Matt Ritchie who has the highest goals assist in the league and scored 14 goals this season. Now that’s the sort of winger we have sorely missed! Eddie Howe built a pacey dynamic young team in his own image and they played quality football.

    I have no doubt Harris will implement his own brand in time which will make us more stubborn at the back and a far bigger goal scoring threat going forward. Some of the old guard of players need to go during the close season to make way for the new young blood however some experience in the team is also required for what is a tough bruising league. The club need to make a big statement of intent to show the fans and the rest of the players that we’re not messing around in League One and hopefully we do a Wolves and bounce back at the first attempt in style letting the momentum carry us through to have an excellent season back in the Championship.

    Believe! COYL

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:13
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      @Bexley_Lion: absolutely right on every point, also JB needs to ask the club how they allowed the so many player contracts to expire simultaneously, that decision had disaster written all over it and apparently it was a strategy agreed by the board. Everyone involved in that decision needs to take a serious look at themselves and question whether they should continue in football. In business you'd be packing your desk in a box and heading for the exit.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 15:24
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      Great post I think you need to apply for Amblers job as literally everything you have written here will be news to him @Bexley_Lion:

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:48
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    Lets hope we keep the youngsters coming through. Whats the situation with jordan archer and byron webster

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:49
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    Firstly congratulations to Neil Harris providing he does get it. He deserves it.
    Secondly.... am I hearing this right? Too much Pie, Chips and Gravy/ Nappy Bum/ Steve Evans telling Grogory to keep his trap shut!
    This man is a disgrace to football! His club need to get their admin in order and not cheat. The nostalgia of the Championship has gotten to him. He's finishing just above the relegation zone. Next year his club will be in it.
    He probably won't though as he'll probably die from cardiac arrest during the preseason. Belly's gonna get ya!

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:52
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    I truly believe that appointing Harris is the right thing to do. At this moment in time he is exactly what we need, yes he lacks experience and this has shown a couple of times, but the way the team has responded to him and the way he has conducted himself has been brilliant. We are 12th in the current form league. It is just a shame that JB lacked the football knowledge and believed Holloway when he kept saying he could keep us up, when he clearly could not. He should have gone at Christmas, but hindsight is wonderful. If we can keep the players we want, (bearing in mind clubs are starting to sniff around O'Brien, plus will others want to play in league 1), we should do well and maybe bounce straight back. Anyone know when the first game of the new season is, cant wait.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:07
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      @rikkiatwall: Indeed, JB probably does have a lack of experience, but hoped his CEO would guide him in the right direction. Not steer him into the abyss. Hopefully with hindsight he will get rid of Ambler or at least make sure he is over here more often.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:57
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    I'm hugely positive. Being in League 1 allows Neil more of a chance to learn and gain confidence as a manager. We can field some younger players (Onyedinma, Paris Cowan-Hall, O'brien, Powell + plenty more). I also see this as an opportunity to bring through one of the younger GKs. This is a chance to nurture the youngsters, and get them in good form for once we are back in the Champ. We will play exciting football, the Den will be full on most occasions and we will restore some pride back into our club. Dislike this if you want, but I cant wait until next season.

    MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 09:57
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    We have needed a root and branch rebuild of the club squad, recruitment and youth system for a few years now, going down will be a necessary evil for us to build a future. Prepare a for a few years in League 1 as our squad will need a thorough rebuild and it will take time to gel.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:06
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    Why am I already more optimistic about next season, than I was about this one? Bring on the youngsters, it has certainly worked for us in the past. It was home-grown players like Sansome, Horne, McLeary, Neal, Massey, Rhino, Kinsella, Sheringham, Mehmet, Coleman, O’Callaghan and others. That, with some very good acquisitions, took us all the way to the top flight.

    I know it’s not going to be easy, due to all the money in the game these days, but I’m sure Bomber will have the team playing with a lot more passion that Ronald McDonald ever did. Let’s get The Den rocking again. We have once again got the nucleus of a very good hungry young squad, with more coming through.

    To most of us, Millwall (unlike a lot of other clubs) are the only thing that really matters in football, so we’re not going to start deserting and following another team. Upwards and onwards – COYL.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:33
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    Gutted this morning !!!but like a lot of wise heads on here that seem to know more about football than our poxy ceo and rest of board, we may need this to get us back on track been 3 long seasons surviving by skin of our teeth now the real works starts with bomber the right man to rebuild, at least it don't ruin Saturday now for the boxing the gloom of being relegated would have sank in properly and can enjoy stoping wolves getting play offs with no pressure onwards and upwards and seen that Craig mackail smith free agent at end of season gotta be worth a punt surely

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    • April 29, 2015 at 10:44
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      @millwallmic: yeah I noticed he was available and at 31 he still has a couple of good years at league 1 level in him

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    • April 29, 2015 at 11:01
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      @millwallmic: Craig mackail smith and James Hanson would be two very good acquisitions for a full-on season in League One along with O'Brian and Gregory. We will need 4/5 quality strikers for a long tough season and if we to get out at first attempt CMS and Hanson have got proven scoring track records at that level. Then maybe one more pacey goal scoring striker from perhaps the non-leagues as a potential gem. They tend to adapt well Starting from League One. Austin, Beckford, Holt and Morsion all stepped up and did the business when we were last in that division

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      • April 29, 2015 at 13:15
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        Thanks for reply lads everyone entitled to who would be good for us and everyone likes different styles of players, think Hanson could be good buy as stated by bexley! We need goals next year Bournemouth and Watford got promoted cos of the amount of goals scored!! Boro are in playoffs cos over the season they have the best defence but couldn't always get the goals expect for Bamford would love us to be free scoring next year and I fill that would be another to get us up GOALS GOALS GOALS have good day lads and f off all the northerners posting on here not the lion ones

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      • April 29, 2015 at 13:16
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        @lion.ie: like Charlie Austin should have got him after beating Swindon him and Morrison would have got us up

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    • April 29, 2015 at 12:35
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      @millwallmic: Not sure I agree with Mackail-Smith: think injuries have taken their toll on him.

      Looks like we will have Gregory, O'Brien and possibly Marquis to begin with. If so, a speedster and a Paul Moody-type target man would give us a well-rounded set of strikers for League 1. Hanson could fit the bill for the latter. For those who have seen him U21s, could Jamie Philpot be an option for the former?

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:47
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    If our chairman is to be belived no one man will have total control of all things connected with the playing side of the club again, it worked with Kenny Jacket but went down the pan with Lomas and Holloway. Neil Harris will be offered the head coach job ( manager in old money ) responsible for player structure throughout the club, first team selection, and system of play, overseeing the progress along with all the youth coaches of our young players. The recruitment of new players will be overseen by the new set up under Alan Mills with of course input from Harris. The days of one man being in compleat control of all things at a club is no longer the way forward Kenny Jacket is head coach at Wolves and it works a treat. There is a lot of hard work ahead for all connected with the club including us the supporters but I have a feeling their are exiting times for us all around the next corner.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 12:44
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      @tomharris41: You're spot on. That is one of the root causes of our demise. To run the club from top to bottom, the manager needs to have 1) a brain; 2) experience of working at different areas of football; and 3) contacts to make the most of the transfer market. Lomas and Hollowhead had none of those. The sensible thing to do in that case is to split the tasks up, which the board seem to have now realised (too late).

      Harris has 1) and 2), but probably not much of 3) yet. With support from a Head of Recruitment and possibly advice from Coppell or someone similar, he'll be able to concentrate on coaching the players, which he has done brilliantly so far.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:48
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    “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

    Lets get manager sorted , contracts looked at and adjusted accordingly, a list of targets, a new scout, make some calls get irons in fires NOW.

    lets be ready for next season before everyone else for a change.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 13:16
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      @brooker: I would hope that this started when the new head of recruitment came in, we are already late in approaching targets of we have started discussions yet. Our competitors will have sounded out their targets already.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:53
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    Onwards and upwards, I can see Harris pulling off a monk, Howe ECT... We need someone with a millwall heart and Harris has the biggest... One a lighter note last time we was in league 1 we scored the best goal at the new Wembley :-D

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  • April 29, 2015 at 10:54
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    Onwards and upwards, I can see Harris pulling off a monk, Howe ECT... We need someone with a millwall heart and Harris has the biggest, One a lighter note last time we was in league 1 we scored the best goal at the new Wembley :-D

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  • April 29, 2015 at 11:10
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    Already renewed my season ticket last month, Millwall till I die...... Biggest smallest club in the world everyone's talking about us, does this mean Dunney's staying for another season though?

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  • April 29, 2015 at 11:40
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    I, like a lot of you, have renewed my season ticket, I got over the disappointment of relegation a few matches ago to be honest. I am now really looking forward to next season and, I have said, appointing Harris is a no brain'er, one guy who will get a long honeymoon period, certainly no abuse and fans know whatever decision he makes, right or wrong, will be for the good of the club and not his ego.
    As for Rotherham hope they enjoy the moment, like we did after the Bournemouth match last year, but I have a feeling that for the whole of next season Millwall fans will be having a better time than they will.
    I also think that IF we can next year continue to play the way we have been doing, make the Den the fortress it once was, with our own youngsters coming in and back added to the likes of Jimmy, Maggie and Gregory's and I will add Dunny, who will be perfect for that league, of the existing, squad, the crowds will actually go up and certainly the wages will go down so the club as a whole may be better off, the condition is of course the big IF.
    Sometimes you have to go backwards to move forwards. COYL.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 11:41
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    Renewed season ticket for next season can't wait ,come on you Wall !!!

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  • April 29, 2015 at 11:57
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    Put edwards in charge of the under 21,if he has to hang his boots up, and keep scott fitz as overall youth team set up.The man does not get a lot of credit what he does .

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    • April 29, 2015 at 12:56
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      @little h: little h you are spot on about Scott Fitzgerald,i have posted in the past that i think he is a very important part of the coaching staff and under no circumstance must he be taken for granted,also your idea of using Edwards in a coaching roll may be a good idea ,he is a laid back guy,so i think he would be good for the youngster's.
      As i say Scott Fitzgerald should not be taken for granted,so i hope JB and AA are reading this post and taking note of how much us fan's hold Scott in high esteem.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 13:23
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    Not a lot of goals last season hence not a lot of, Rocking All Over The World, until next season when we will be singing it every game, well 99% of home games any way but for now another Quo hit comes to mind, for the younger supporters who might not know it, ask mum or dad. ;) ;) ;). C.O.Y.L. Can't wait for next season.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 14:45
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      @john H: I think Holloway must've told the players to Roll Over Lay Down, if that's what you mean!

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          • April 29, 2015 at 15:35
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            @Canterbury pilgrim: I didn't really want to post the title of the song cos it sounds like I'm being negative but I'm not I'm very up beat about next season, what say yee C.P?

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  • April 29, 2015 at 14:03
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    Harris appointment just confirmed with Livers as No 2

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  • April 29, 2015 at 16:17
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    I think they deserve the job, and are the wright people for it, the players needed their spirits lifting and they got that in buckets. I.K.I.A.I.S.I.A. I'm millwall til I die.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 18:25
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    why on earth did I put a w in front of the r ? I'm losing it big time. :O

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