Exclusive: Berylson searching in Europe for new Millwall boss

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© Alan Stanford

CHAIRMAN John Berylson has revealed he will travel to Paris in the coming days to interview European candidates for the vacant Millwall job.

The Lions board drew up their final shortlist for the role at a meeting on Monday – with Berylson now tipping a "surprise" name to get the nod.

And the Boston businessman has confirmed he will speak with a "couple" of continental bosses who have expressed an interest in the Den hotseat.



"We're considering foreign applicants," Berylson said. "That's not the only reason I am going to be in France, but my holiday is not a holiday anymore.

"If I meet the right guy who understands the club, and understands the UK, he will get the job. It's an interesting list. I suspect the person we end up appointing buy cialis 100mg will be a surprise.

"I'll see a couple of people in Paris and the rest in London. There are between four and six people who are going to be serious candidates for the job and I want to talk to all of them.



"The candidates I've spoken to already are very knowledgable, they're doing their homework and they know the team."

Berylson is hoping to make an appointment within the first ten days of June – and has already scheduled trips to London for next week and the week after that in anticipation of naming Kenny Jackett's successor.

One foreign name popular with bookmakers is that of former Liverpool defender Markus Babbel, who has previously managed Stuttgart and Hoffenheim in Germany.

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71 thoughts on “Exclusive: Berylson searching in Europe for new Millwall boss

  • May 23, 2013 at 10:07
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    Holy s***. Millwall in Europe?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:08
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    If Berylson thinks he will meet a potential manager out there who "understands Millwall" then he needs his head testing.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:09
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    Yet another contradiction. On another thread it stated that the person eventually appointed must be someone who knows the Millwall way. Now we get this announcement!!!

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    • May 23, 2013 at 12:22
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      @denslions: I think what they said was they wanted someone who understood 'the Millwall way'. To my mind that isn't the same as someone who has been at the club before. Ambler and Berylson have both talked about candidates 'doing their homework on Millwall', so if a candidate can demonstrate in an interview they understand the club they have satisfied that criteria. Personally, I very much doubt the new manager will have played for or worked at tteh club previously.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:18
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    Hmmmmm. He's either trying to throw all the speculators off the scent - or he's lost the plot.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:20
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    Please let this be a smokescreen. I for one do not want the identity, integrity, and history of Millwall sold down the river of overseas personnel. For me there is nothing more off putting than the prospect of a manager who can't be understood and a team full of players who do not fully identify with the fans and vice versa because a foreign manager will invariably fill the team with players from abroad. This is looking like the Millwall we know and love is going to disappear in the sunset.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 10:24
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      Chipple,
      Don't think this is a smokescreen. They've already given themselves another 2-3 weeks to make the announcement.
      If he does hire someone from Europe lets hope he's actually been to the Den. Bit of an eye opener walking down Zampa Road otherwise.
      @Chipplefuddywick:

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:25
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    Luke, Looks like Babbel to me.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 20:22
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      @NICKOLA: and I hope it is
      Bookies stopped taking vets on him and mcClaren either would do me. But lets see what happens at least they've started to speak to people.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:32
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    Nickola, I so hope you are wrong. There are so many quality British candidates that they don't need to go down this route. If you are right, then I'll be off to watch Cray Wanderers next season!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:34
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    Desperation.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:42
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    we mustn't get too excited about 'foreigners' after all JB does have a funny accent! But a Londoner would understand the 'ethos' of the club much better!

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    • May 23, 2013 at 20:23
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      @tommylion1: yeah ofcourse a Londoner would so I guess that leaves ?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:54
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    I can not think who in Europe would even know much about us and would want to come and manange the club as it would be such a shock for them, they wont know our history or what we would expect from the team the send onto our pitch.

    They would be following in the footsteps of the Chairman who does not seem to understand this club and fans, what I would like is a manager who wants to come to us rather than just getting back in the game, and who is looking to improve the team over a few years. But first the board will need to spend to insure that we dont drop out of this division this coming season.

    This saga is dragging on and I am sure we all want to see a conculsion to it and hopefully with the right man in the job (for most of us anyway), we need this to happen so we can then look forward to the tranfer window to see who we mite get, but first the new manager please.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:54
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    Best person for the job, irrespective of colour creed or...........

    Would rather have a footballing person than an up em and at em effing and jeffing clown.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 10:58
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    Is beckham still knocking about in Paris?? Lol

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:07
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    Holger Stanislawski has recently become available and Arnesen has just left Hamburg......

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    • May 23, 2013 at 11:14
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      Having a bit of a battle imagining the CBL chanting 'There's only one Holger Stanislawski'
      @Bayern_Lion:

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      • May 23, 2013 at 12:26
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        @NICKOLA: Perhaps that wouldn't be a bad problem to have. Knowing our lot we would get around that somehow.

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        • May 23, 2013 at 14:31
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          @REAL Supporter: one stanislawski there's only one stanislawski. That's a gud un lads I quite like that.

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          • May 23, 2013 at 16:58
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            @lukesmithmfc: Top man! Do you think we should all start practicing?

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          • May 24, 2013 at 09:02
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            @lukesmithmfc: stanislawski woooaaahhh
            Stanislawski woooaaahhh
            He comes from overseas
            Millwall are on their knees

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:14
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    This statement worries the hell out of me. I realise we must move with the times and a foreign manager should not be the end of the world, but. I know every football team regard themselves as unique, but I truly beleive because of everything that has happened to our club over the years, we are. No one else has had to withstand the abuse and ridicule from the press because of what problems have been caused off the pitch. I beleive it has made our fans a strong as they are, and we are a family. There are few enough people in this country that really understand Millwall, let alone those from abroad, I sincerely beleive that JB does not understand us at all. It is not something you can explain, if you are wall, you know. So please JB give us someone who undersatnds us and not someone who thinks he can change us.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 19:19
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      @rikkiatwall: Hope you're not suggesting that we get Dennis Wise back? Who in football understands Millwall anyway, current players? probably 2 (Dunne and Robbo), ex players another 3 (Harris, Alexander, Briley)

      Maybe I'm being unfair but if we have someone who understand Millwall, then we are truly and utterly f*****

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:14
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    If the manager can play good football, bring in good quality players, raise the profile of the club and challenge for possible promotion, I don't care where they get him from. At the end of the day the only people who do understand Millwall are us supporters and ex players. Let's hope whoever it is can take us up a level. COYL

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:40
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    A new and exciting time. Lets move MFC up to the next level. Top six next season. Top two season after.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:48
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    Oh dear. If this is what people want then perhaps I should learn to speak French and move to Newcastle.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:49
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    Simon Cass of the Daily Mail is reporting an exclusive that Babbel is going to be the new Millwall manager.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:59
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    Perhaps we trying to pip Madrid to ancelloti ??

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  • May 23, 2013 at 11:59
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    Markus Babbel would be a great appointment!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:04
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    Belgian Bob's making a comeback........

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:14
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    I don't want Babbel, no experience as a manager in English football.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 12:26
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      Problem is Harry that it looks like it's a done deal.
      @harryfabian:

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      • May 23, 2013 at 13:06
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        @NICKOLA: interviews don't begin until tomorrow?

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        • May 23, 2013 at 13:26
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          True but Berylson's on record as saying he's interviewing this week in Paris and presumably independent of the board. He must have spoken to Babbel already.
          @harryfabian:

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:15
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2329514/Markus-Babbel-set-named-Millwall-boss.html

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:23
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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2329514/Markus-Babbel-set-named-Millwall-boss.html

    Happy days!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:24
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    @harryfabian

    He's got champions league experience! surely that makes up for it?!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:27
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    I would have no issues with Babbel. He is a good coach and having played for Liverpool will have excellent English. I think that would be a great appointment provided he gets the cash to strengthen the squad. The German knowledge would be good too for signings and loans.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 15:02
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      @junkmale: totally agree, we have been crying out for a technical midfielder with passing ability that we can afford. Germans also play physical footie, so can adapt to our league. I think Babbel might be a master stroke to get an international candidate at both player and manager level who can also bring in young talent from abroad.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:29
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    Also in Independent:
    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/former-liverpool-defender-markus-babbel-on-verge-of-millwall-appointment-8629113.html

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:29
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    ... just don't mention the war

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    • May 23, 2013 at 15:03
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      @junkmale: what war, there are so many to choose from?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:36
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    Great another sacked manager, might aswell give Bobby Bowry his chance, his done a blinding job at Bromley.
    Was having a jar on Monday down the post office when who'd of thought it, Pat Van Den Heuw walked through the roger, and seems to think that if Phil Neville don't get the everton role he wants then he will be down as a player manager.
    Have a bang on that.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:40
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    Another 2-3 weeks before an appointment! Surely they must have their heart set on someone or a preference? I dont think they have a clue who they want.
    Losing valuable time for player recruitment.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:45
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    Babbel may have led Stuttgart to the Champions League in what was his first managerial job and gained promotion to the Bundesliga with Hertha Berlin in his second but he wouldn’t be getting that sort of budget with us.
    Also, now this stuff is being released (if it’s true) mean that JB will think twice about appointing him because the papers have spoilt his surprise?

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    • May 23, 2013 at 12:47
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      Nah, just think it's going to be announced sooner rather than later.
      @REAL Supporter:

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:46
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    Some people on here are on a wind up, don't want Babbel because he has no championship experience, the guy has experience in the Bundesliga,David Moyes didn't have experience in the Premier League before he went to Everton now hes the Manager of the biggest club in the world, he's there because Kenwright gave him an opportunity, Babbel no doubt has a vast knowledge of the English language, very good contacts and a scouting network abroad, warnock, if all of you that want the Warnocks of this world we will end up with Sean Derry and Paddy Kenny. Babbel would be a great addition.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 13:07
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      @Randy Lion: He will do me. Although i see Brighton are sniffing around Sherwood, another one i wouldnt mind

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  • May 23, 2013 at 12:57
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    This bloke for The Mail doesn't get a lot wrong:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2329514/Markus-Babbel-set-named-Millwall-boss.html

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    • May 23, 2013 at 12:59
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      @Windy:
      Babbel it is then, Vorsprung durch Technik!!! My son......Vorsprung durch Technik!!!

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:00
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    If Germans are anything like their cars we will be the b*******

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:02
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    At least we'll win the penalty shoot-outs

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:03
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    Would it be the end of the millwall as some maybe suggesting ? To me it would be a great appointment, bring a technical and tactical knowledge desperately missing for a long time and will overhaul the coaching setup not saying we gonna be ruling Europe in next few Years but Germans are certainly setting the standard at moment in football. Also as for budget the players he could bring from abroad would be a lot cheaper for the eight plus players I believe we need ie for every 2 mill Michu there's a 8 million Rhodes here ?? The choices of the English managers mentioned apart from Johnson mentioned are not gonna take us further, if babbel does a Martinez and f**** off after three years and we have had a adventure in prem will anyone really care if the club is in a better place in terms of personnel and finance ?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:16
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    Beckham???

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:33
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    Think his contacts could really help the club don't suppose babble would look twice at a waster of space like hulse or Tyson again ?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:36
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    What does @accordingtoaldo think?

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  • May 23, 2013 at 13:37
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    My final word on the subject. I have every respect to all those of you that want to support Inter Millwall but I'm afraid I don't. I can watch faceless teams with mercenary money takers every week on sky and bt next season. What I want to watch is a team with a couple of of quality imports but in essence, a club built on and fed from its locality. I accept times change but some things just don't need to.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 13:47
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      @Chipplefuddywick: either we change to a degree or end up in oblivion whatever happens out past and identity will still be there but personally I see that in the next three years the rich will get richer in football and the poorer will be nailed to the wall, I don't advocate being in the prawn sandwich brigade but yeah once in my lifetime wanna see little old millwall scaring the s*** out of the big boys every weekend on match of the day worth the Fa cursing our very existent that's what we are about a f*** u all attitude I don't see how bringing on a manager with fresh and innovative ideas will change

      Because if we don't get this right and bring in someone who can take us on expect to see s*** like Carlton cole gracing the den

      I have supported millwall for many years and the b******* have turned me slightly grey and I blame them for amount I drink at the end of the day the manager is merely a figurehead WE are the club and that will never change !!

      F*** em all !!

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    • May 23, 2013 at 13:47
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      @Chipplefuddywick: It's been a long long time (if ever) since we had players 'fed from the locality' making up the team. That doesn't happen any more in professional football. I don't see why you would see British players like Taylor and Henderson as being less mercenary than overseas players. We have got overseas players (Lowry, Abdou) and they are just as committed, if not more than the local talent like Connor Wilkinson.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 14:02
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      @Chipplefuddywick: I think you're being a massive drama queen and completely overreacting. Where is all this money going to come from to fill our squad with foreign mercenaries? Do you really think things are going to change that much?
      How about us employing someone who has been working in a country that has in the last 10 years completely changed the way they produce young talent to become the currently best footballing nation on the planet?
      Would you seriously not want someone in charge that could change the whole ethos of not only our youth set up, but also our first team squad? Diet, discipline, work ethic, technical ability.
      We need to change. Kicking the ball long to the tallest or fastest player up front is no longer enough

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      • May 23, 2013 at 14:41
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        @ChrisR: Actually, since they have a requirement in the Bundesliga that clubs must field local players in their team, Babbel would be ideal in that respect, as he will know how to bring through youth.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 14:52
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    Would do me fine, young fresh, knowledgable
    Tactically aware premiere league experience champions league experience both as player and manager
    Fa cup league cup charity shield uefa cup euro super cup all will Liverpool, he's also won bundesliga with bayern the German cup runner up in champs league and won the European cup with Germany. F*** me if that don't qualify him to manage little old millwall then what does and don't tell me all the old fashioned this is millwall crap it's held us back far too long and yes I'm wall proper wall and I know how special we are and how unique we are but it's now 2013 time for change and to move on in a different direction and leaving the past in the past. How can we be taken seriously if we can't take ourselves serious. I ain't saying forget what we are and who we are and where we're from just think its now time to crack on and go in a different direction all the local maners are getting poncy with city folk with s*** loads of dough moving in to old warehouses that cost a fortune and the born and bread are moving further out to accommodate them but we need more people through the door if this new project is going to be a serious one why not try and get their money through ticket sales sponsorship a percentage of cooperate business,we are the closest team to central london - the financial district so why not try for bigger and better so we can attract that money through investment? Nothing else is working so what's to lose. Think it could be the start of something good. IMO ofcourse.

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    • May 23, 2013 at 15:09
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      @lukesmithmfc: I know this is not popular with everyone but I agree with you Luke. We need to adapt to our new environment or go the way of the dinosaur. I welcome a fresh approach and the benefits it could bring, even if it is a risky option.

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  • May 23, 2013 at 15:11
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    I should add that Phil Neville as a player manager is too high risk for me. He has too little managerial experience, has he even been no.2 at Everton? Bring him in as player coach with manager above him if he is to be part of the plan.

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  • May 24, 2013 at 09:27
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    Bonjour John, veuillez ne pas nommer Joe Gallen

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  • May 24, 2013 at 13:56
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    I'm really not sure on Babbel and it could be a bit of a risky move although I'm not doubting his experience in Germany.

    The championship is a very British league, rough, fast and sometimes very ugly football is played to win games which is very and different from the Premier League.

    Even if he has contacts to get a technically gifted player from the Bundesliga, I don't think they could just come straight in and handle the way Championship football is played and could you imagine them getting fired up for Barnsley away on a Tuesday night?

    Babbel will no doubt want his own backroom staff as well, likely to have little or no championship experience.

    Let's not get too ahead of ourselves with this one but don't get me wrong if he was appointed I'd support him as we need change but is this it?

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  • May 28, 2013 at 21:26
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    How about the USA I hear Chuck Norris might be available lol

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  • May 30, 2013 at 22:22
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    Just completed 50 years since attending The Den for the first time in 1962/63.
    Soon afterwards I was told Millwall were "a selling Club" and Non-ambitious and sadly, apart from 1 or 2 periods ( buying many of the Promotion team of 1989 being the prime example ) but this current situation tops the lot !
    Let main striker Morison go followed by JHenderson and allowed Leicester to outbid them for Woods.
    Literally no idea where the goals are going to come from and most sides will find it easy to shut out our " Good, honest lads" and nick the odd goal on the break and Away ? Lol
    Unless we buy decent strikers we are well "odds-on" to go down as we will "huff and puff" up front like the last 12 of last year where we relied on the odd defender to score and KJ leaving usand wanting a job lower down sums it up.
    For the record: Sell or don't keep your best players = Lose games=Lower Gates=Relegation=Lower Gates still=Lose more games...a downward spiral and its shameful.

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