Ambler: Millwall are in no rush to appoint a new manager

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MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler says the club will "take their time" to appoint a new manager in the wake of Kenny Jackett's resignation.

Ambler admits he has already been bombarded with calls from out-of-work managers and agents expressing an interest in the job since news of Jackett's exit broke.

But he insists the Lions are in no hurry to make a quick decision. He told NewsAtDen:  "I have had about 27 messages already but we've got time.



"We'll take our time – there's no rush. People will apply – probably people that we won't expect. We are a stable Championship club going into our fourth year in the division.

"There's nobody at the top of the tree. We will take our time and make sure we think carefully about what's a very, very important appointment.

"Kenny has left us with a very stable base. We know we've got work to do over the summer and we know where our weaknesses lie, but we're looking forward to moving the club onwards.

"Who we chose to manage us we will see over the course of time. Kenny has given us time not to make any rash decisions and we will look at it from all the angles."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

63 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall are in no rush to appoint a new manager

  • May 7, 2013 at 13:10
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    AA who ever you get and lets hope it is a good one, JB will need to open his wallet as the squad has too many in it that are not good enough, and I know that most of you reading this wont like what I am about to say but Kenny brought them into the club, both on loan and bought.

    Next season was going to be hard with this squad no matter who is the manager, so I would think that we would need to appoint someone within May so they have enough time to sort out the deadwood and look at getting a better class of player to come to the Den (but it will be hard becuse of our reputation).

    It was not a suprise that he walked out as he left on an inverted high by other sides keeping us in the division, but he still has a good record with us and I am sure he wont be too long out of work, if he gets a club with a bit of money to spend he may come back to haunt us in the future, but I would like to think he has a soft spot for us.

    Good luck in the future KJ.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 13:51
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      yes he did bring in crap, but he has also brought in quality with no money, Forde, Shittu, Taylor, who has looked good before his injury.
      interesting to see who else can come in and get better.

      KJ Millwall through and through @Barnlion:

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      • May 7, 2013 at 14:16
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        @alkz22:
        Hey alkz22 I agree with some of what you are saying , but you have mention 3 players who KJ had brought to the club, but in the end what we do on the pitch he dictated by the manger and coaches who do as Kenny tells them.
        As has been said already today that he is more important than any player at the club, then equally no one is more important than the club so we need to move forward as Kenny has now moved on, He knows what he is doing he must have had another club to go too as its the same in any job you always have a fall back when you jack a job in.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:22
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    AA while taking your time to appoint a new manager i hope you open the door and kick the ass out of to those players who have let down both KJ ,the Club and the fans in the later half of the season .
    it would be an emaressment to have a new manager come in and try to do atchieve somting with that sower of S***. Time for a clear out me thinks.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:25
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    Clear out the crap and hope the new manager has enough stature to attract better players or at least the knowledge to bring in some lower league gems. We're not going to build a stable future with crappy loans with players who don't give a s**** about our club.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 13:50
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      @Kennyp: I'd also like to add, whoever comes in I hope they can bring some of our youth players through, and stop wasting game time, money and development on S**** journeymen like Hulse!

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:35
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    Imo we should bring in Coyle as he has had previous success in the championship and should have good contacts and players that he can bring in from his previous clubs..
    Keep: Forde, Dunne, Shittu, Beevers, Robinson, Osbourne, Lowry, Henry, Feeney, Taylor, Abdou, Wright, Batt, Keogh
    Sell: Malone, Trotter, J Smith, DNG, Marquis
    Bring in: Reseve keeper, full backs for cover, left winger, chaplow, another centre mid, 2 strikers (1 with experience and 1 young one)
    Probably missed a few things out but what do you think?

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:03
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      @billyd78: billyd78, Not sure about a couple of those who you would like to keep for a start I would like to see if we could try to keep A Smith I agree with Chaplow he looked good and our type of player.
      I think Batt and Feeney are not Championship standard and should be let go I also see that you have not mention Martin Woolford (but I expect it must have been an oversight on your part) and I would also put Liam Trotter with these as IMO when he has played he has looked totally disinterested in the match.
      If by some chance we do manage to raise some funds by selling the aforemention playes that will be a result, but at least we will get them off the wage bill, but KJ gave Shaun Batt another years extension just before he left, I think thsat may have been his way of saying goodby and leaving a practical joke for us all to enjoy.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 14:34
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        @Barnlion: yeah woolford was meant to be on the sell list (if anyone actually wants him) and i see what your saying about batt he has no ability but he could be a decent impact sub when the opposition get tired but if we can bring in good strikers then yeah i think we should sell him. I disagree about feeney though, he was out of form last season and hasn't had much of a chance this season because of henry and taylor being in good form. But towards the end of the season he proved he is an effective winger when playing on the right and with confidence and his long throws can be effective aswell. I think he should be backup for henry as he is good enough for championship on his day..

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    • May 7, 2013 at 20:29
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      @billyd78:
      Totally agree with Owen Coyle, has decent experience at the top and actually seems to know what he's doing!
      But personally I think keep hold of trotter, we've seen that he has got class and I think with the right manager and the right sort of way to play football he could be infuental! And aswell Malone, every time I've seen him play he hasn't looked to bad, I'd like to see him given abit more a chance. What do you think?

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:40
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    I would rather we seek someone currently in employment: the list just produced of larest odds contains a number of employed managers with potential.

    Those currently not employed are out of work for a reason.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:45
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    Coyle is a good shout, also Appleton, karl Robinson, Phil Parkinson (yes i know ex charlton!) , Alex Rae, Alex McCleish, mark McGhee again, terry butcher, also bet Neil Bloody Warnock is sniffing about, worst nightmare!

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    • May 7, 2013 at 15:10
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      @glyngo: As I wrote on the other thread, none of the names being thrown around so far are inspiring. Coyle's teams play in pretty patterns, but have no backbone. Appleton is highly rated by his peers, but showed terrible judgement in moving to Blackpool and Blackburn. Robinson has had decent money and players at McDons, but they are further away from promotion than when he took over. Parkinson got the media's attention with Bradford's League Cup run, but is limited tactically and failed at Charlton. McLeish's teams are mind-numbing, and, anyway, he'll expect a Premier League wage and budget. McGhee almost took Bristol Rovers down to the Conference in the season just gone. Butcher turned down Barnsley earlier this year, and seems content to stay at Inverness. Rae is interesting, for the reason that he is a complete unknown. Yes, he was one of my favourites as a player when I was a kid, but there's nothing to indicate that he even wants to be a manager.

      Agree with you on Warnock, though. Shouldn't be let anywhere near The Den.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 15:26
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        @stanley: Alex Rae could be a real dark horse, he seems to be following Paul Ince around over the past couple of years learning the managerial trade.

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        • May 7, 2013 at 16:06
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          @tribute to cripps: Hope Rae has been learning to do the opposite of what Ince does.

          Following the ex-player thread, I've seen Colin Cooper's name mentioned elsewhere. He's done quite a lot of time as a coach at Bradford and `Boro, and has strong ties with Millwall. If he wants to step up, he could be another dark horse.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 15:37
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      @glyngo: OMG let me just clarify, i def do not want Warnock, was just commenting that he is bound to be sniffing about!

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:47
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    Good luck Andy!

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:47
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    Roy keane

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    • May 7, 2013 at 13:58
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      @se16 berm: Leave off! Needs sacks of cash behind him and still buys s****.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 14:33
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        @AltheAussieLion: mate of mine is a steward at Portman Road, says Keane was a complete tool and forbid anyone to speak to him, I don't see that precious attitude working out in The Den!

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        • May 7, 2013 at 14:44
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          @glyngo: Exactly would p*** the players and supporters off. One big ego.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 13:52
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    Alex Rae, with Harris as number 2

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    • May 7, 2013 at 13:57
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      @alkz22: Very good shout and would be cheap! Millwall to the core!

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:52
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      @alkz22: Harris isn't such a bad shout - he's an intelligent bloke who knows exactly what Millwall's all about. I'm not sure if he's ready to be manager yet, but his appointment wouldn't worry me as much as some of the has-beens being banded about. Be interesting to see if he puts himself forward.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 15:39
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        @Micky Lions: he'd be a good number 2, not ready for number 1 yet. I want him at Millwall when he is ready, too soon and we could see a legend fall from grace in a bad way.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:00
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    Not sure if I like AA to be honest.
    I don't know how to take his statement
    he definately frustrates me. It smells a bit shitty to me aswel.
    How he can say there's no rush and there's loads of time to make the right decision?
    Smells like a cop out, with no funds available for the new man. Hope I'm wrong

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:39
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      @lukesmithmfc: come on Luke, the guy is gonna have to negotiate contracts with potential candidates, if he says we are desperate and need someone ASAP guess what happens to the potential wage demands an contract get-out clauses. Negotiation lesson 101, start from a position of strength and make the candidates fight each other for the role.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 15:07
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      @lukesmithmfc: "The club will now take as long as is necessary to make this crucial appointment and there will be no publicly communicated timescales." statement from Wolves on BBC.....sound familiar?

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:06
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    Take your time if you have to but please tie up Shittu & Chris Taylor.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:08
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    Please don't get Wornock he is a c**t !! Ande Ambler, Not in a hurry, or are you just paving the way for the Gallens to take over??????????? We need a positive manager who can attract decent players to MILLWALL FC.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:12
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      @leemark: If Gallen takes over I'm asking for refund on my season ticket! Please no...

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      • May 7, 2013 at 14:30
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        I will never come down the den if fallen takes over

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        • May 7, 2013 at 14:41
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          @lukesmithmfc: he ain't got his badges according to the previous news

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:22
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    I think there are two disappointing aspects of the last couple of years of KJ's reign. Firstly the lack of opportunities for players from our youth academy eg O'Brien, Gallagher and Wilkinson and secondly the fact that The Den has become such an easy touch. With 20 home league defeats in the past two seasons, that is not Millwall! It would be good to see a manager come in to develop some youngsters, to bring back the exciting times when the likes of Reid, Ifill, Cahill etc graced the pitch.

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:43
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      @tribute to cripps: don't forget that JB has also expressed concern in investing in the youth system, Fitzgerald is fighting with one hand tied behind his back!

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      • May 7, 2013 at 14:47
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        @glyngo: Changing that has to be a priority, but is there anyone on the Board these days who can stand up for bringing youth players through?

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:39
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    well theres amblers little 5 minutes in the spot light for stating the obvious

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    • May 7, 2013 at 14:52
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      @banksy: Give the bloke a chance. If there had been no statement to the media, everyone would be panicking and filling the vacuum with hysterical speculation. Everything Ambler said is designed to reassure supporters and to put the club in a strong position over any candidates that might apply for the job.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 15:06
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        @stanley: There was an official statement on the club website explaining the situation saying weve got 27 people that have phoned up is only going to fuel more speculation, why cant he just keep his cards close to his chest and make a statement when there needs to be one instead of trying to drum up interest, somethings not sitting right with jackett leaving when there was still obviously alot he could of done for us, just seems to me he was given the option to resign considering JB wanted to get rid of him beginning of the last season as well

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        • May 7, 2013 at 17:11
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          Simply put
          We haven't got the finances to be an established championship club
          We need to invest from bottom up if we're to remain in this division.
          Unfortunately I can't see us doing that.
          We can't even attract all OUR fans to the den so what hope have we of staying in this division. How can we attract a bottom end prem player with our set up, our facilities may have been upgraded to cat 2 this yr but they're used to prem facilities even top end champship will have better facilities. With ffp coming in then we will be a top end league one club who'll flirt with the champship every now and then. We are simply too small a club to be in transition in the champship we'll get left behind in no time at all. Unless the club act sooner rather than later just to give everyone a chance to know where they stand before their holidays.
          There's a lot of talk about dyche but is another Watford defender what we need right now ? I'm not sure.
          We said it'll be an interesting summer of change, f*** me I didn't think to this extent.
          On the plus side JB will now know what it's like to own a English football club. He'll also know that to stay in this division he'll need to up the budget considerably.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:50
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    AA waiting for Rafel to finish at chelsea.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:52
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    Andy Roberts would be a good shout. What about avram grant. We still have a banner with his name on it so we don't have to spend money on new flags etc. still think it was a ridiculous idea getting rid of willy guret. That's when we started going s****.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:54
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    What about Nigel Spink. He has done all of his coaching badges and he was in decathlon the other day buying some new bibs. Must be active still.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 14:55
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    Jose M wants to be loved and likes blue.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 15:06
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    News at den 33/1 to be the next millwall manager.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 17:01
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    ' Kenny has left us with a very stable base ' are ambler and gallen having some sort of competition who can say the stupid f****** thing??
    It was obvious he was going when he said I won't walk away . . . He has probably got a start somewhere else

    I wonder if spackman fancies some?

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  • May 7, 2013 at 17:11
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    KJ tried to resign after the Blackburn semi final but JB told him to stay till the end of season and rethink. KJ said that he thought he had taken the club as far as it could go, but the crowd trouble clearly bothered him. I was at the players presentation dinner on Sunday and there were no signs he going to resign, although his speech was completley out of character. His tone was different to other times, he sounded like he had the hump. I even turned to my son and mate and said " he has just read them the riot act". You can see some of it on the official website "I would like to thank the attitude of SOME of the players, indicating that he was NOT happy with the others. Came away thinking that that was the kick up the a*** some needed, and that a lot of them would be on there bike. Came away very posistive and totally shocked this morning. On a personal note l cannot help but believe that the fighting, and the Sky s*** has also taken its toll. So a big thanks to all those involved, you reap what you sow !

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  • May 7, 2013 at 18:11
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    I'm sorry but I refuse to accept that the fans drove him out. Sure I said I wanted him gone but that was online. As long as he was in charge, I would support him at the den. From where I sat, I've never heard anyone shouting"Jackett out". I think he simply got fed up of the efforts of the players and wanted to improve the squad but wasn't offered the cash he thought he needed. Good luck KJ you have been great, Warnock for me.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 18:13
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    Was shocked to hear he resigned,esp after him sayin he would stay even if we were relegated,I think kj has got a start somewhere else already, that and the fact david forde thinks he's goin qpr this summer,so no keeper,trotter has been offered a start somewhere aswel imo,explains his p*** poor displays end of season,so whoever gets the job,has got a lot to do, hopefully we get a manager sooner rather then later, don't want the usual mad rush to sign players just before window closes...

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  • May 7, 2013 at 18:52
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    Think positive chaps. Last time KJ left a number 1 job he left it on a similar footing. It allowed them to kick on... Swansea City

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  • May 7, 2013 at 19:15
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    Well I'll be. Me and my Fiance have just broken up after 6 years. That completes a proper s**** day!! She lasted 6 months longer than Jackett, so I applaud her for that!

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  • May 7, 2013 at 19:43
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    Getting in old players is not good imo. If there was one who had proved themselves then great go for it!!!

    Let's have Harris who has no experience or ability to attract players.... No it does not work living off of nostalgia alone surely.

    S*** off Warnock, Keene, Coyle etc etc these blokes know how to get teams up or at least compete in the division. If we go for so called Millwall people we will fall into the same old trap and go backwards.

    Who cares who we like, dislike as people, concentrate on who can manage ffs.

    Here are sky bets odds:

    https://m.skybet.com/football/manager-specials/event/15195003?dcmp=SS-Mob-Ed-FB&a=8045

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    • May 7, 2013 at 20:22
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      @JonnyBanks: Well said Jonny, I think we are going to need a strong manager to get the players sorted. Reading between the lines there appears to have been a lot of disharmony in the dressing room and it takes a strong respected manager to get it back together and get them playing again as a unit and shipping out anyone who will not or does not fit, not one who has come hear to serve an apprenticeship. The one I don't agree with is Keene, I think the ego is too big for MFC.

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      • May 7, 2013 at 20:29
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        @Sealion: I was and maybe still am up for Keene, I just feel like it could fit, don't know why but I just feel that it could??

        Saying that he is not even on the list with the bookies so they must know he is not interested in management again.

        Is Martin O'neill too expensive???? Perfect size club for who I consider a bloody good boss/man manager.

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        • May 7, 2013 at 20:34
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          @JonnyBanks: Yeh I've heard he likes a challenge and anyone with a Brian Clough connection is ok in my book.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 20:37
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    Martin Allen , A real fighter. The West Ham link maybe to strong for some WAll.

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  • May 7, 2013 at 20:58
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    Jackett's comments at the Player Of The Year dinner WERE fascinating and suggest
    1 - He was hacked off with some of the players
    2 - There were significant divisions in the camp
    3 - That major surgery is needed in the summer, both in terms of bringing in new players and changing the mentality at the training ground and in the dressing room.
    4 - That after six and a half years at the club the strain of trying to keep the club in the Championship on League One resources had taken it's toll.
    Good luck in the future KJ.

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  • May 8, 2013 at 10:10
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    Sorry to bang on about the necessity to bring through the youth players, but although I loathe the Nigel's and everything they stand for, they do bring through younger players who earn them huge fees. Personally I reckon Zaha will be the new Bostock and fade into anonymity, but palarse are laughing all the way to the bank. We must focus on bringing through at least a couple of players from the youth set up every season and I would want to see a manager come in who backs that principle. With Fergie retiring this morning, Utd could keep their youth policy going by appointing Moyes rather than the special t*****.

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    • May 8, 2013 at 10:47
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      You raise a very good point, how do they keep their players for so long and ensure they get a senior player fee for them when our best young players get poached at a much earlier stage of their career. I don't know the answer, but if anyone does please share.....@tribute to cripps:

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      • May 8, 2013 at 10:55
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        @glyngo: Glyngo, I think it's because they actually give them a chance in the first team and we don't. Apart from Marquis, the only time we've seen a young player is in a pre season friendly!

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  • May 8, 2013 at 21:27
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    The new Millwall manager is going to be in a tough place. The season is over. He won't have the chance to look things over at the training ground. Hopefully, it will be someone with Championship experience who's played against Millwall recently as opposed to someone who's made a name in the lower divisions. Ex Premier managers currently weeding their gardens are not the right fit.
    The Championship next season is going to be very tough. Even more clubs with parachute payments and managers from the Premiership who are going to be on huge bonuses to get back there.
    A very important period in the history of Millwall. Let's hope the 'executives' at Millwall make the right decision and earn the money they currently enjoy in their executive boxes whilst we shiver.

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