Ambler: Millwall have no specific criteria for manager's job

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler insists Millwall "will not preclude anyone" from applying for the manager's job at The Den following Kenny Jackett's resignation.

Ambler has been pleasantly surprised by both the quality and volume of applications he has received so far but says the Lions board are not working to a fixed set of criteria.

Applicants without experience of managing in the Championship before, or even those from abroad, would all be considered, Ambler added.



However, NewsAtDen understands that the bookmakers' current odds-on favourite, former Millwall star and current QPR coach Marc Bircham, is very unlikely to be in the running.

Other names popular with the bookies, Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Burnley's Sean Dyche, are both believed to have expensive compensation clauses built into their contracts, making them potentially unrealistic options.

Ambler said: "The board is far more experienced than it was six years ago, when Kenny was appointed. As a club, we're in a much better position to attract good applicants than we were the last time we appointed a manager.



"We are inviting applications and we have had a lot already. People who want to put their name forward have still got the ability to do so. What we're not doing is limiting or putting a criteria out there.

"We are not saying you must have this, you must have that, you must be this age, you must be up-and-coming, you must be experienced or anything like that. That would limit the application process. There's no check-list.

"We are open and we have got time. We will wait until we think we've had all of the applications and then we will sit down as a board and discuss the process from there.

"We then need to look at what kind of person we are going to go for from the applicants list and decide whether we are going to approach another club if there's someone we want whose in a job already, which we may or may not do.

"We're keeping this process as open as possible in order http://vhealthportal.com/product-category/antiallergic-asthma/ that we don't preclude anybody from putting their name forward. That's not what we're about.

"We'd like somebody in place before everyone is backing in training, which will be the end of June. I think we can work to that deadline. If possible we would [make an appointment sooner]."

In the meantime, Ambler says, the Lions' directors are working towards whittling down the pool of applicants into a manageable shortlist of candidates to interview.

"A lot depends on the quality of the applicants," he said. "If we think there are a dozen people that warrant meeting with, even if that prolongs the process, we'll do it. If we narrow it down to a shortlist of six, then it's six. To me, around about eight is a reasonable figure.

"For all we know, an absolutely outstanding candidate could apply in the next two or three days that blows everybody out of the way. But the process has begun and we don't want to preclude anyone who is interested in the role.

"I'm positive about it at the moment because I think we are going to have several strong candidates capable of taking the club forward and the list of applicants so far reflects that."

Ambler once again reiterated that Millwall would take their time to appoint Jackett's successor and rejected claims that the club's prospects for next season could be hampered by a drawn-out recruitment process.

"People in football disappear on their holidays at the end of the season so I don't think it's the case that players who are free agents will have already been snapped up," he said. "A lot of them wait to see what offers they have.

"At the same time, business carries on at Millwall. We're still meeting with a couple of our players that we want to re-sign and if Kenny had been working on something – and I am not saying he was – we would still be on top of that.

"Obviously that's all easier with a manager in place but we will continue in the meantime."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

50 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall have no specific criteria for manager's job

  • May 9, 2013 at 15:51
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    Surprised by the quality and volume....?? Interesting!! Why is Marc Bircham not likely to be in the running?!?! Neil Harris as assistant would be a splendid appointment!!!

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    • May 9, 2013 at 16:12
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: I think its a bit risky to get the likes of Harris and Bircham in the frame. Let them go away and get some experience being a number one first - like Dyche has. The last thing we want is an inexperienced person coming in and unravelling all the work KJ did. Also, whoever does come in has to have complete discretion over who makes up their backroom team, so imposing the likes of Harris and Bircham on whoever comes in probably will not work.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 15:57
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    Either Owen Coyle, Gary Johnson or Mick mcCarthy would be fine by me

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    • May 10, 2013 at 12:02
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      @henryMFC: Henry, you are clearly too young to remember McCarthys first stint with us. As soon as he lined up the Ireland job we won f*** all and went from top of the table to relegation in the same season!
      And he looked shocked when on his first trip back to the den he got slaughtered. The only person whonthiughtbhe didn't good job was him!!!

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    • May 10, 2013 at 12:03
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      That's thought he did a good job was him

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  • May 9, 2013 at 16:08
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    He thinks he will interview 8!! That's a ridiculous number, it will mean the timescales are lengthened with key people being on holiday, surely they must have 3 or 4 key people in mind? Ambler, you need to stop making these comments and get on with it, he's coming across as a half wit.

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    • May 9, 2013 at 16:15
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      @tribute to cripps:

      Just normal bog standard b******* CEO rhetoric tumbling out from Ambler because bottom line they don't want to tell us anything or give anything away to press or rivals.

      I just hope it's true the ludicrous suggestion of Marc Bircham has been dismissed

      Andy Ambler's not a half wit though mate - maybe three quarters

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      • May 9, 2013 at 16:31
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        @Old_Les: Agreed, they might want to move away from a KJ figure slightly but putting QPR's youth boss in place would be madness.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 16:15
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    In other words nobody has applied for the job.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 16:23
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    Everton and Kenny Jackett, surely?

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  • May 9, 2013 at 16:30
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    Andy slightly worrying what you have been quoted as say, Yes people do go on holiday during the next few months but as we are now in the 21st Century people do have mobile phones, blackberrys , Iphones and laptop computers so they can be contacted easily.

    So Andy no one will be precluded from applying for the position of manager which is very PC of you but does that mean that the board will be willing to appoint someone who they know the fans would not want at our club, and the reason that they may be applying is because they have been out of the game for a while and see us as a quick fix for them to get back in the game.

    This must have been discussed by the board and you must have a short list or a parctical wish list of the potential managers who are available or who you may want to talk too if they are still with another club, it would be good if a statement was made disconnting some of the names that have been banded about as this would help to lessen some of our concerns about our clubs future.

    I know there will be financial restriants on there salary and this will eliminate several of the potential canidates but as you know we need a special type of person who can buy into our local tribal instincts and understand what this club means to us who are here year in year out ( we are a special type of club ) that not everyone either understands or would buy into.

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    • May 9, 2013 at 16:37
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      @Barnlion: I know what you mean about dismissing certain candidates but that would be quite unprofessional really - club should be expected to keep their council on individual names.

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      • May 9, 2013 at 20:46
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        Alex, mate. What is your prediction for our next manager?

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      • May 10, 2013 at 10:19
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        Alex Aldridge what is your choice for manager?

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  • May 9, 2013 at 16:51
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    Alex,
    I am not saying that the club should publish the names of people who they will not interview, but like any business when you get a lot of CV's in you read them and discount some and interview those who you think can do the job , as far as keeping its council all will out when they appoint someone .
    These men all know the score and I am sure that there are not too many of those that are applying have a great deal of affinity with our club to them it is just a job in there industry.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 17:10
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    Warnock is an arrogant, outspoken, battle hardened, thick skinned old b*stard who nobody even likes.....he might just suit us perfectly !

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  • May 9, 2013 at 17:32
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    My money is still on the loser of the League 1 Play Off Final. Gary Johnson is out of contract in the Summer and Uwe Rosler's contract expires in June so no compensation would be payable for either of these.Ii think the Millwall board would avoid going for someone they have to pay another club compensation for and I can't see them paying Owen Coyle, Alex McLeish etc the sort of salary they would want.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 17:33
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    "We are not saying you must have this, you must have that............. you must be experienced or anything like that. "

    Call me old-fashioned, but I would prefer someone that's had at least a smidge of experience managing a Championship club.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 18:08
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    Sounds like it's going to be a long drawn out process!!

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  • May 9, 2013 at 18:35
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    I'm worried that other clubs will try to approach Shittu and Taylor; Ariel Castro for caretaker manager.

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    • May 10, 2013 at 07:57
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      That's football mate. Even under contract they'll get offers. They'll probably hold tight go on holiday and see what offers come in and see who gets the job

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  • May 9, 2013 at 19:05
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    I don't understand this approach. If, as he states, the board is more experienced now, they should already have candidates in mind knowing the type of person they need. This kind of statement smacks of being caught with your pants down on their succession planning.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 19:05
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    I don't understand this approach. If, as he states, the board is more experienced now, they should already have candidates in mind knowing the type of person they need. This kind of statement smacks of being caught with their pants down on their succession planning.

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    • May 9, 2013 at 19:44
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      Just the usual PR bullsh*t lion, that's all. They all do this cr*people now

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  • May 9, 2013 at 19:42
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    surprised no one has mentioned Richard shaw obviously fell out with jacket but knows the club set up knows the players and had the respect of them when he was here so why not give him a go

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    • May 9, 2013 at 20:03
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      Could be a place for him in the set up but didn't he also fall out with JB? I think there was an article on here concerning that affair.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 19:56
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    This statement doesn't worry me. I think it's reasonable at the moment. The resignation probably knocked them back a bit and they are not panicking by rushing in. It's only been a couple of days after all, he's probably been asked for updates etc umpteen times.
    Give the bloke a chance, he's throwing us a bit of a bone with a small insight into the process, if there was nothing coming out of the club at all then surely that would be more frustrating.
    The one thing I did pick up on however, and this may have been a slip on his part is when he talks about "who will be free agents in the summer". Gives me the impression the transfer kitty is gonna be skinny again. But then hasn't it always been?!

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  • May 9, 2013 at 20:42
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    Have been looking at the site http://www.thesackrace.com/teams/millwall and Marc Bircham is very short in the odds. So I thought it was a Nailed on certainty he was next. However reading this I this I think that they had someone in mind, but I think maybe one or two managers who they hadn't thought of potentially with better CV's have applied. But then again with Millwall you just never know.

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    • May 10, 2013 at 09:00
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      @MillwallChorister: o really stragnge names in there. In as much as Mick McCarthy. NO way would he return but qute short odds to name but one

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  • May 9, 2013 at 21:12
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    I've had to read that statement from Ambler 3 times and I still don't comprehend it.
    Whilst I wasn't expecting an immediate replacement to be named it sounds to me like he has absolutely no idea whatsoever pertaining to anything at all let alone finding the new Millwall manager.
    This man is an idiot of herculean porportions.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 21:23
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    I love and want the best for Millwall. I would like to see Mark McGhee myself but will probably get ripped here?!?

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    • May 9, 2013 at 21:48
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      Well jlb I'd like to think that he's be a better option than some of the names mooted but personally, I'd steer well clear of him and all the others that appear to be coming out of the woodwork. These presumably are the same names that apply for all the management jobs.
      If Ambler is that laid back about the process then god help us all. I'd like to think that there's a master plan in operation here and there's going to be a huge positive surprise but Ambler isn't made of that sort of stuff and how he can possibly perceive that a short list of eight is acceptable is totally beyond me. You sift the applicants, I can see no point in persuing anyone who hasn't applied for obviuos reasons, and get it down to three. From there, you make a decision.
      It seems to me that the upper echelons of the Millwall management are so naive it's very worrying. It's goodbye to Shittu, Carter etc. because they aren't going to wait until Ambler finally makes a decision ' sometime in June' to commit to a club for whom they don't know who the manager is going to be. Absolute crap. This is the real difference between clubs like Man Utd and Millwall. Our management couldn't run a bath let alone Millwall.
      @jlb1982:

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  • May 9, 2013 at 22:39
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    The haphazard way football clubs appoint managers has always amazed me!
    Instead of waiting to see who applies, the board should:
    1 - Draw up a detailed job spec
    2 - Bin all the applicants who don't get anywhere near it
    3 - Interview five of those they do
    4 - Choose someone
    5 - Decide if there's anyone out there who hasn't applied but fits the job spec better than the best applicant.
    6 - Appoint Karl Robinson

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    • May 9, 2013 at 23:58
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      @Lonz: Apart from the Karl Robinson bit, this is spot on. It's amazing how so many football clubs change in line with the manager they appoint, rather than appointing someone who fits into the club.

      Despite what Ambler has said, though, I wouldn't assume that the board don't have an idea of what they are looking for, if not a particular person. Last time around, Berylson took advice, did his research, and singled out Jackett as the man he wanted. I'd expect him to approach this vacancy in the same manner.

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  • May 9, 2013 at 23:10
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    Who is Karl Robinson ?
    And why would Millwall approach anyone who hasn't applied ?
    If they don't apply then personally I wouldn't want them.
    Christ, I miss Heather Rabbats.

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    • May 9, 2013 at 23:45
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      MK Dons manager and widely regarded as one of the brightest, most innovative young coaches in the country.
      Managers in work often won't apply for other jobs because they don't want to run the risk of it leaking out and compromising them.
      I had lunch with Heather Rabbats once, she was great fun!

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  • May 10, 2013 at 07:33
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    This is all bull****! This once again smacks of incompetence by Ambler. In my opinion a new manager should be appointed sooner rather than later & if he has the calibre of a Fergie then he should be shown a level of financial commitment by the board in order to ''take us forward.'' Don't mess this up Millwall. We all have an opinion but Ambler's next decision will be crucial to the success of this club.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 08:18
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    Sorry to p*** on a lot of peoples fireworks, but, I wouldn't want anyone to familiar with the club, it would be to easy to slip into a comfort zone, I think we need a strong minded positive person who has good connexions and has a proven record in this devision and recognises the kind of players needed!!!!!!!!! Owen Coyle springs to mind.

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    • May 10, 2013 at 08:46
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      Agree upto coyle leemark.
      I work with a burnley fan and was talking about coyle snd his style of play
      He said although he plays good football most times he's very gun ho and struggles to mix it up and his teams concede too many goals. I tend to agree with that and it would be the complete opposite of how we played under jackett. I also think he'll struggle to get "his players" down here as they're north west boys.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 08:51
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    South london press today has a good couple pages on KJ and some interesting interviews.
    Birch and bomber especially. It also elaborate's a bit more on amblers interview.
    Definately worth a read lads. Might slightly change one or two's opinions on things.
    The only thing I'll add to it is
    Seeing is believing.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 08:52
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    Leemark totally agree. Alex Ferguson leaving
    Has started a domino effect which will overshadow Millwalls needs. We will have to wait a little while now while all the potential jobs in the Premiership are filled and other Championship jobs become available. We need funds to push on, football is a business, invest money or fail....Millwall supporter for 55 years and my dad was a youth squad member before the war. Time to step up for Premiership membership or just play at surviving......

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    • May 10, 2013 at 09:08
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      @razoreddie: Not wanting to offend but is everyone assuming rather a lot. We do not know what goes on behind closed doors and I am sure Kenny would have given warning that he was going. It did not become public till the season was over which was the right thing to do. In the end AA only wants what is best for the club and I am sure he will do hs best to get the right person in. I can only magine it is a similar task as to trying to get decent players in. Would some of these big names really want to come to Mllwall. After all was Kenny the first name everyone thought when he got the job.
      I personally thnk we need an experienced manager who has some Championship knowledge. Then try and get him someone like Harris as number 2.

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      • May 10, 2013 at 09:11
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        @delboy2525@btinternet.com: A footnote to that. When George Graham came to Millwall he had coached at Palace and QPR so had no management experience so I suppose it can work although we were in the old 3rd division at the time.

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        • May 10, 2013 at 09:33
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          Delboy,
          Agree that we need someone with Championship experience. As it is, the new manager isn't going to have the benefit of being on the training ground with them for a few weeks. It's important I think that he has an in-depth knowledge of the squad and surely that can only come from a current or ex Championship manager. Whoever comes in will want their own staff in situ. I do think that's a good move for Millwall because the scouting, assistant mangager and coaching positions need a total revamp. I'd really like to see Claridge or Harris on board but as the strikers coach not as the manager. @delboy2525@btinternet.com:

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        • May 10, 2013 at 09:46
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          @delboy2525@btinternet.com: From what I remember of Graham apart from getting us promoted he also made a lot of mistakes in learning his trade here ie he was too much of a disciplinarian, he p***** off our talented players and turned the side into a team of mediocre yes men. I may be mistaken but its what I remember from the time.

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  • May 10, 2013 at 10:15
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    What concerns me is the timescale. AA is saying they would like someone in by the end of June. That is only five weeks before the start of the new season. A lot of clubs are already releasing players, renewing contracts etc. It would give the new manger very little time to get to know the squad, decide who, if anyone he wants to keep and then aquire new players. Yet again we will as always be playing catch up. A lot of managers will already know which players they want and will go for them, leaving us to pick the scraps and loans as usual.

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    • May 10, 2013 at 10:19
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      Rik,
      You and I can see that. So can everyone else on here.
      Guess who hasn't grasped that?
      Correct. Andy Ambler.
      @rikkiatwall:

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      • May 10, 2013 at 12:50
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        @NICKOLA: he may well have grasped that. But it may be the front runner the club have identified needs to see out his contract first.

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  • May 12, 2013 at 10:33
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    To be fair to AA there is only so much he can say in this situation, but I do worry about our track record of appointing managers. Memories of McGhee being a good appointment are misguided. He inherited one of the best young squads Millwall has ever produced and when he had to start rebuilding he failed miserably. Jackett was a perfect appointment for the status of the club at the time - struggling in div 3 - finding an equally suitable manager for where we are now is going to prove a far harder task. we're in a very similar position to when we appointed Claridge in 2005. Forget Warnock, personally I think he'd fancy the job but too many fans wouldn't accept him and he's not good working on a budget, don't rate our chances of poaching a manager such as Dyche or Howe either which is a shame because Dyche is my choice and I think perfect for the job. There aren't that many obvious choices out of work at the moment either so I'm not surprised at AA's inclusive policy. I think we need to face up to the fact that the new man may well not be a popular choice with most fans given the variety of preferences on here alone, we just need to hope that the board get as lucky this time as they did with KJ.

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