CHAIRMAN John Berylson has told any unhappy players in Millwall's squad to stop moaning and knuckle down.
A national newspaper report on Monday claimed that there was unrest in the Lions camp and that senior members of the squad were at odds with boss Steve Lomas.
Several Den stars have this week contacted NewsAtDen to privately express their shock at the story amid fears that a disgruntled player – or more likely their agent – is using the media to try to unsettle the dressing room.
And chairman Berylson has since come out in full support of his manager. He said: "I don't make anything of it. The team is a better team than it has ever been, but there are a lot of new faces and Steve is still putting things together.
"Right now I think we've got to get a few out because it feels like we are stacking up players and some are unhappy that they aren't playing – but it is up to people to earn their spot in the team.
"When Shane Lowry got suspended most of us were groaning, but Scott Malone came up big. He had three games to prove himself while Shane was banned and he earned a fourth start, and the fifth one after that. That's the right attitude.
"It's great we have strong competition but over-stacking of players is a slight issue. If people are moaning and groaning because they are not in the team, my answer to them would be to do something about it and prove that you should be playing."
And Berylson insists Lomas will be given the board's full backing if he decides to move players on after Christmas.
He said: "There will be a turnover of players in the summer that's for sure, and possibly as soon as January – especially if unhappy agents are talking to the press and trying to find new clubs for their vhealthportal.com clients.
"The team could have been relegated on the final day of last season so changes needed to be made and that's why we brought Steve in. We encouraged him to make changes because the second half of last year was so disappointing.
"The senior players I've talked to are happy and I'll spend a couple of hours at the training ground on Thursday to speak with a few more.
"In terms of the dressing room I actually think Steve is more connected to the players than Kenny Jackett might have been.
"He has been a shock to the system for some players but has brought out the best of the likes of Martyn Woolford and Scott Malone so it's clear that he is a good motivator."
Lomas, whose side face Barnsley in a crunch-clash at The Den on Saturday, has praised the work ethic of his squad.
He said: "I fully appreciate that there are players who would like to play more. The likes of Andy Keogh, Jack Smith, Lee Martin, Richard Chaplow and Steve Morison – I could name more – have trained well and worked fantastically.
"I don't want the players to be happy with our league position or be content when they're not playing. They need to channel that in the right way and the lads on the fringes have been doing exactly that.
"You are going to have arguments on the training pitch but that is healthy. If there wasn't a bit of fight amongst the players I'd be concerned. If there wasn't fierce competition in the squad, I'd be worried.
"We as a group have got to stick together. When there's a little bit of flak flying around, we have to come together and show that we are unified out on the pitch. We've got to show that against a Barnsley team fighting for their lives."