Millwall owner as committed as ever after snubbing interest

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JOHN Berylson has reiterated his commitment to Millwall after the club's five-year stay in the Championship came to an end.

Berylson this week rejected advances from a potential buyer for the Lions because he believes he has unfinished business at The Den.

Millwall's aim in League One next season will be to bounce straight back up – and Berylson hopes the club will return to the second tier in better shape under Neil Harris.

"I have to believe that we can build a better Millwall in League One, or else I should leave and not invest another pound," the chairman said.

"I want whatever we build to last and not be built with loan players. I want to find a way to do well for next year, the year after and the year after that.

"This can't be a one-year fix. If we get loan players, it should only be to plug a hole. Loan signings are not investments for the future.

"I'm excited about rebuilding and doing what I've wanted to do for years. Now we have a manager who is just as excited about that as I am.

"The two things that I'm most excited about at the moment are Neil and the way we are now going to recruit players."

Berylson is regularly hassled by lawyers acting on behalf of wealthy consortiums looking to invest in English football – and recently swatted away another approach.

He revealed: "I had an enquiry for the club this week – it wasn't a formal offer so I was able to refuse it without talking to the board – and I stomped on it before it got anywhere.

"I've had a few bites over the past two or three months and I think buyers have seen that we've been struggling and assumed they might get a deal.

"But that's not going to happen – this club isn't for sale. I've told them to go buy something else, thanks very much."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

31 thoughts on “Millwall owner as committed as ever after snubbing interest

  • April 30, 2015 at 09:20
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    Well I'm pleased you are commited to this football club, giving NH & DL the managers job I believe is the way forward as well as investment in youth through the whole club, maybe pay to get a solid defender on board and have a clear out of some dead wood we have hanging around at the moment, so keep splashing the cash JB and restruct the whole club from top to bottom, Good luck in league 1, I can sense positive changes coming to Millwall with a good young first team pushing for automatic promotion. COYL's

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    • April 30, 2015 at 22:55
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      Wish he had sold...hopefully it is a business ploy to push upthe price a bit....other wise get ready for non league

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  • April 30, 2015 at 09:21
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    That's really good to hear JB, seeing as I have literally just renewed my Season Ticket for next year.
    As you say, we have been far to depended on loan players and need to start utilising our youth setup. With Bomber and Livers in charge, this will definitely happen.

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