Millwall chief won't cash in on youngsters after relegation

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JOHN Berylson says Millwall won't be selling any of their young players this summer as the club prepares for life in League One.

The likes of Fred Onyedinma, Sid Nelson, Jack Powell and Aiden O'Brien could all feature heavily for the Lions in the third tier next season.

O'Brien was this week linked with Swansea, West Ham and Everton, while Onyedinma's form for loan club Wycombe has attracted admiring glances from bigger clubs.

But Berylson, speaking after relegation from the Championship was confirmed, said:

"I'm not giving anybody up. Nobody has a 'for sale' sign around their neck.

"The only important player I have ever sold was Steve Morison for over £2million, and I had to do that because he wanted to leave."

Millwall lost their Championship status on Tuesday after three years of struggle.

And Berylson admits there are important lessons to learn from relegation.

"Our continued dependence on the loan system, veteran players and short-term contracts was wrong," he said.

But Berylson has defended the club's decision not to sack Ian Holloway after the Lions were thrashed 4-0 by Bradford in the FA Cup in January.

Many feel that a change of manager at that stage could have prevented relegation, but Berylson said:

"I was not comfortable with the other options out there. Other managers could smell blood in the water and we were getting phone calls.

"I didn't like what I heard. At that stage of the season, we would have had to make a permanent appointment."

Alex Aldridge


29 thoughts on “Millwall chief won't cash in on youngsters after relegation

  • April 29, 2015 at 13:18

    Good guy badly advised

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    • April 29, 2015 at 13:34

      @thecolumbusblock: JB is a good guy, but his principles have had a very high price. This is a business he is running, it is not a place for piety, he could and should have got rid of the cretin Holloway much sooner.
      Actually he should never have appointed that serial failure in the first place.

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      • April 29, 2015 at 15:11

        @Jzero: The truth is we have very few players of any real value. Unlike when we were relegated in 1996 and the firesale in 2005, the squad assembled during our stay in the Championship has probably been the weakest at this level in living memory - even worse than the 1979 team.

        Much of the blame for our plight has to go the managers - especially Holloway. But I'd like to hear Ambler and Berylson admit how badly they themselves got things wrong. I'm pleased to see Neil being given the chance, but personally, I doubt we'll ever be competive again at Championship level under the current ownership.

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        • April 29, 2015 at 22:12

          @Micky Lions: JB accepted the player strategy has been wrong in the article above and so surely it will be changed.
          And it must be a benefit that players are unlikely to attract big bids as a squad can be built from what is wanted from what is here?
          There are a lot of poor sides in the championship even where money has been spent, but sides with a good structure and ethos and remarkably little spending have been successful (Burnley or Bournemouth for example). Lets hope Neil can get the structure and ethos right and bounce straight back up!

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  • April 29, 2015 at 13:23

    As they sat in the us..your talking b*******.
    Coco lost the dressing room long before how would you know what was going on 3000 miles away

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