Exclusive: Berylson thinks promotion is possible for Millwall

© Edmund Boyden
© Edmund Boyden

CHAIRMAN John Berylson sees no reason why Millwall cannot aim for promotion to the Premier League after an impressive first half of the season.

The Lions are sixth in the Championship table having played 23 of their 46 fixtures and Berylson says the open nature of the division leads him to believe anything is possible for the club in 2013.

But, in the short-term at least, the American remains pragmatic. When asked whether promotion was a realistic aim, he told NewsAtDen: "It's possible – possible is a better word than realistic.



"At the start of the season I was a little nervous. I was planning on how we would avoid relegation like last year, when we were one point above the bottom three for so long.

"I never know what other teams are going to be like until I see them.  Last year I thought West Ham would destroy the league like Newcastle, but in the end they went up by just one goal.

"We'll have to see what happens. We have to strengthen and do some things to the team. Things change rapidly in this league but it's possible that we could go up.



"I've seen for myself what people tell me is the best in this division. I think we can beat the best but lose to the worst."

While at the halfway stage the outcome of the season remains impossible to predict, Berylson is certain in his belief that Millwall's squad is as strong as it has ever been under Kenny Jackett.

He said: "You have to look at the team positionally. I have always thought of it in terms of holes in the squad – and I think we have fewer holes than ever before.

"And in some holes that we had, players are getting better. The most obvious one is David Forde, who has become a much better goalkeeper this year than he was last year.

"Do I have confidence in David today more than so than this time last year? You bet."

As the Lions have continued to climb the table and defy their numerous doubters, supporters have speculated that Jackett may soon be the subject of an approach from a rival club.

But Berylson insists he has no such fears – and says that, ultimately, Jackett alone will decide what is best for his career.

"It's up to Kenny how long he wants to stay," he said. "A lot of clubs and chairmen admire what he has achieved.

"Kenny's probably having the most stable five years of his life in football – for his wife and for his kids. These are critical years for his family.

"I just spoke to Richard Shaw, who has left Coventry, and he's zipping around. It's unpleasant. A lot of guys have short lives at clubs.

"I was always impressed by Lee Clark's unbeaten streak at Huddersfield. Granted Simon Grayson got them promoted and maybe they were right to sack Lee in the end – but I don't believe that.

"Loyalty works both ways between a club and manager. If Kenny doesn't want to work here, nobody is going to force him. That's why we have the contract relationship that we do.

"Millwall is not a jail. If he wants to leave, it won't be because of money. He'll make that decision. He is the critical element in our future success – he's the most valuable player that I have."

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5 thoughts on “Exclusive: Berylson thinks promotion is possible for Millwall

  • December 20, 2012 at 12:30
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    Well said! You ain't doing such a bad job yourself John...

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  • December 20, 2012 at 15:41
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    It is possible but we need Wood give us an even chance !

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  • December 20, 2012 at 15:50
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    So basically; kenny is leaving in January.

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  • December 20, 2012 at 19:38
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    Totally agree with JB. But not if we sign rob hulse instead of Chris wood step backwards I think

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  • December 21, 2012 at 06:59
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    Who said anything about rob hulse? Hope we don't sign him, he's no better than what we already have.

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