Lomas: Millwall need more new signings to move forward

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MANAGER Steve Lomas believes Millwall's squad needs "an injection of fresh faces" if the club is to make progress this season.

The Lions boss was speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Brighton on Saturday.

Lomas has made seven signings since taking over at The Den but wants to strengthen his squad further ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.



He said: "We would love to add a bit of fresh blood. Andy Ambler and the chairman have been brilliant, but I believe, if we're to take this club forward, we need some fresh blood.

"I know budgets are always a thing, but when I came in probably 85% of the budget had already been spent. I think we need an injection of new faces, if I'm being honest.

"Whether that can happen or not [I don't know]. There are too many players at this club that have become stale, and if we're going to take this great club, with great fans, forward, we definitely need an injection of fresh faces.



"Monday is sort of irrelevant because seven days later we can go to the loan market. We've actively been seeking to move a few on, but I've come up against a brick wall on that front.

"Me and Andy have been working very hard on trying to do that. It's not just one player, we need a few if I'm being really honest. Hopefully we can shift a few on and be creative.

"The chairman has been brilliant, he's said, 'listen Steve, be creative and come back to me.' He's been first-class him and Andy."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

30 thoughts on “Lomas: Millwall need more new signings to move forward

  • August 31, 2013 at 18:21
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    At least SL can see what all the fans can. Stale players, get em out

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  • August 31, 2013 at 18:22
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    Do me a favor!

    You have had more than any other manager in our history and I for one do not want to see my club go through the financial wrangle of administration again.

    Get on with it and make the most of what you have at your disposal u greedy ginger tw@t

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    • August 31, 2013 at 18:34
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      @bonnie1272: that may seem harsh. But it's like a recording of Oliver!

      Thing is, if he had not rushed into the transfer market (and im not saying he didnt need to strengthen) and signed 7 players before a ball was kicked, he may have been able to identify the weaknesses and fill the voids.

      Thing is he has had the money and spent it. It is not a bottomless pit.

      The fact is no others want our dregs. So he will have to wait for their contracts to end before he can do anything.

      That's life - stop begging and get on with it.

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      • August 31, 2013 at 18:40
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        @bonnie1272: there was over a million quid abailable to be spent on 1 player back in January and so far this term we've laid out nothing in transfer fees

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        • August 31, 2013 at 18:50
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          @TheBermondseyBomber:
          I think our increased wage bill with the signings we've made will consume that. Roughly , £19k a week for a year is £1m. Our wage bill increase must equate to something like that , if not more.

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        • August 31, 2013 at 18:54
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: and how much does 1million equate to in wages for overpaid footballers these days. That's 20k per week.

          Enough for three or four players!

          And he has seven new ones!

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      • August 31, 2013 at 18:52
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        @bonnie1272: we needed keeper cover he got that, we needed strikers he got those, we needed an effective midfield he has bought in those. We have got a good left winger in Woolford we just need to get off his back. Martin can also play left.....we are not far away

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        • August 31, 2013 at 18:59
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          @Lincolnshire Lion: I agree with you but where do you want it to stop. As much as I want what you want, JB must stay firm.
          SL has obviously promised too much and is struggling to deliver.
          But we are a small club financially and budgets must be adhered to.

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          • September 1, 2013 at 11:51
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            @bonnie1272: Bonn we need fullbacks who can play football mate especially with the style and formations he wants us to play. He's clearly changing the thought process of the playing staff you would have liked what we was doing yesterday Bonn it was so much better but, playing away has little pressure on us and we have so much expectation at the moment it must be hard for the players at home as us fans on their case after every mistake.
            Can't see new faces coming in before tomorrow but expect a couple in on loan.

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          • September 1, 2013 at 19:35
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            @lukesmith:
            I agree that fullbacks are the priority, but where does it stop.
            I accept that he wants us to play a different way, but does that mean JB has to stump up even more cash to keep us afloat.
            I personally want the club run tightly so there is no risk of a return to the dark old days.
            I still think, despite results so far, that the squad we already have are capable if keeping our place in this league. I also think that we have turned a corner as well.
            But don't you think all the talk of more funds to be made available is just undermining the Players we already have at the club who are by no means top of any other teams shopping list?

            And he should be patient and build when the funds become available and only then.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 18:38
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    HOW MANY MORE PLAYERS DOES HE NEED ???? HE ISN'T EVEN MAKING BEST USE OF THE PLAYERS HE HAS SIGNED. WITH GATES AVERAGING 10,000 JB HAS BEEN MORE THAN GENEROUS WITH THE FUNDS HE HAS RELEASED THIS SUMMER. AS SAID ABOVE WE DON'T WANT TO END UP IN ADMINISTRATION AGAIN .

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  • August 31, 2013 at 18:49
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    What a load of melts you are, certain players will not make it in this league as long a they have a hole in their a***. Most of us know who they are, all of the signings have been good ones arguably our best players so far. He's right.

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    • August 31, 2013 at 18:56
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      @Lincolnshire Lion: no one disputes that. But Rome wasn't built in a day and unless spending is restricted, we will end up in the mire financially.

      Is that what you want Lion?

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  • August 31, 2013 at 19:10
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    Stop the whinging and get behind the scotch egg head, he tryin to move us forwad and all i ever see on here is people cu*ting him off. Coyl

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    • August 31, 2013 at 19:19
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      @cosh1977: no one is cu*ting him off and I want the same as everyone else does.

      I am also fully behind my team and their manager.

      However as one poster has said, we have cover in goal, we have a new midfield and forward line.

      A new defence as well will not be possible until some players are gotten rid of.

      This however may take time as it seems no other clubs want our deadwood. Patience is the key IMO.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 19:27
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    I think lomas needs to play the players he has brought in, in their best positions prior to being given any more funds! We have been very unlucky in a few games but in all honestly need to be more professional. Cut out the stupid individual errors and defend set plays. Do that and we will be fine.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 19:29
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    @denslions: I still think Steve Lomas has to dtop trying to buy succes and get the squad he has to start playing properly. He has good players and doesn't need more than a full back and a left winger. Start managing SL.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 19:40
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    I make SL 100 per cent right and he deserves a lot of credit for telling it like it is.
    KJ jumped ship because he knew that without drastic surgery our squad simply wasn't up to Championship standards.
    Scrapping week-after-week against vastly stronger squads has had a demoralising effect on the players SL inherited, many of who know - but will never admit - that they don't have the ability or the heart needed to be successful in a League that gets tougher every year.
    SL's summer signing may have increased our wage bill but it's still one of the smallest in the division and the first few weeks of the season have proved that unless he gets the resources to finish his rebuilding programme we will struggle to avoid relegation.
    I'm confident JB won't sacrifice the club's long-term financial position, but we are at a crossroads and speculating to accumulate enough points to survive, might actually be less risky than crashing back into the graveyard that is League One.

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  • August 31, 2013 at 20:00
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    great point by the players , unlucky not to get that win , forde made the difference today caught everything . its good that lomas has them playing the right way , BUT MY ONLY CONCERN IS WHERE WAS MALONE , AFTER HIS PERFORMANCE ON WED , DONT UNDERSTAND THAT ONE .

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  • August 31, 2013 at 23:00
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    the only thing I see clearly after 5 matches is that SV is a bloody good talker!

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  • August 31, 2013 at 23:17
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    Lomas is doing what any half decent manager would do. His only interest is to get the strongest team out on the pitch.
    JB will have to try to accommodate things because having gone part of the way, it is no point in putting his initial investment at risk by completely turning the tap off.
    Remember Lomas is JB's choice so he can't just hang him out to dry It really is a case of seeing what the Board's expectations for this season are.
    As some have said, Jackett has left us with a lot of s*** for a man who was purported to have treated the Chairman's money as his own. The next 48 hours will be interesting starting with the decision over Derry.

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    • September 1, 2013 at 11:33
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      @lioncall:
      Very good points regarding JB and investment.

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  • September 1, 2013 at 06:13
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    What's the loan marker?

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  • September 1, 2013 at 11:52
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    'Be creative and come back to me.'
    In other words, get rid of some first and THEN we'll spend that on new players.
    Lomas is right, there are players that have gone stale, or what are perceived on here as being deadwood, and it will be very difficult to move them on. However, moved on they must be if we are to progress and if new players are going to be brought in. The situation with Shorey and Richardson for example was a classic case of 'come and train with us, and we'll get you signed up as soon as I've offloaded a few'. Unfortunately, that didn't materialise and now we're back to square one.
    Given that Lomas has revamped the midfield and attack, I think it's stating the obvious that he was/is looking to overhaul the defence with the fullbacks and at least one centre half a priority. Unless things are going to accelerate between now and Monday, we're going to be stuck with players that he doesn't rate, and consequently will have to wait for the loan market in a weeks time to get some out and bring some in rather than physically spend money on transfer fees.
    Whatever you think of Lomas, you've got to admire his self belief in his own abilities.

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    • September 1, 2013 at 18:08
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      @NICKOLA: Most definatley Nickola! Its something that Kenny never did. He's come in with a new outlook on the club and I do admire the bloke. Basically he's recognised that we can't compete with the deadwood we have. Can't fault the new boys but some of what he has inherited wouldn't look out of place in leagues one and two. Get the young lads out on loan for the experience with clubs even as low as blue square's and get a couple in who are championship quality! Totally agree with strengthening the back four. Got a lot of time for SL! He really wants to take this club forward and you have to respect him for that! Im hoping the board give the bloke what he needs to play with and make us a club to be weary of on the pitch!

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  • September 1, 2013 at 13:43
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    I'm still willing to give the bloke every chance but I wish he'd just shut up. If he wanted a club with money to burn why did he come here? He's had better backing than Jackett ever had and KJ's still being slagged off by so some supporters despite what he achieved. Get on with it or get out Lomas.

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    • September 1, 2013 at 19:43
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      @lion.ie: I agree lion. I also agree on some points that nik and Kempo have said above.
      But imagine this scenario, Dunne, smith, Malone and Lowry are sold or loaned. We get in another three or four players who turn out to be just as good/ bad as those. Or suffer injuries.
      He has taken more money from JB to complete said signings.
      The teams performances do not improve.
      Our chairman decides that he is not willing to invest anymore.

      Where are we left then?

      Surely getting what we have here already to play to the best if their ability and be coached in the SL way would be a cheaper and wiser alternative?

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      • September 1, 2013 at 22:39
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        Valid points but I don't think you can argue that what has been brought in has improved the squad.
        Ultimately, it's all down to number crunching. Budget allows for so much. We need to get a few out to bring some in. Who wants our deadwood ? Answer= Nobody.
        Going to be tough based on that.

        @bonnie1272:

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