Millwall supremo backs Lomas after claims of player unrest

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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."

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22 thoughts on “Millwall supremo backs Lomas after claims of player unrest

  • November 21, 2013 at 08:44
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    Saturdays performance and result will tell us all we need to know about the 'truth' of this story.

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    • November 21, 2013 at 17:55
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      @lion.ie: to me it's just more of lomas rhetoric. What I want to know is does this manager know how to get the best from the players at his disposal. Because if there is that much in fighting it will need a quality manager to manage the squabbles.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 08:50
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    Think it would be more to do with players upset about our tactics, or lack of them that would be the problem. Experienced players can tell when a manager is up to the task, maybe he upset a few faces too? Who knows. But they all need to sort themselves out & fast because Barnsley could quite easily turn us over.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 09:28
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    I am not in favour of getting shot of Lomas,but Saturdays result may change my mind.The most vital game we have had for some time.IMHO.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 09:43
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    Lomas needs time to adapt to this level and to establish his position with the squad, it was never going to happen in a few months with the squad he inherited. I believe it is right to see him through till the New Year, and if we can can get to mid-table by January then stick with him till the end of season, minimum. Would be interesting to know which players are causing ructions though, too many rumours generated by agents, that could not give a damn about Millwall, are damaging to the club and put us in real danger of going down if heads drop.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 10:43
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    We all know players need to move on, and this will no doubt be done at end of contracts, loan deals, sales or 'cancellation of contract by mutual consent'. We all have our 'favourites' to go, but if a few get p***** off becasue they are not playing, its becasue they are not good enough or their attitude sucks. If thats the case, they can p*** off as far as I am concerned.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 10:47
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    We're stacking up players for sure. Four right backs unless I'm mistaken. January will be interesting and personally I'm looking forward to it as there will be an acceptance from some of the players by then that they are not in Lomas's plans.
    So, is this the end of Keogh, Connolly, Dunne, Smith, Martin, Chaplow etc ?
    By then, this Millwall team will most definately have Lomas written all over it so we'll see where that takes us.

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      • November 21, 2013 at 18:28
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        @bonnie1272: Keep the faith Bonnie. I've been on a see-saw regarding Lomas for weeks but I still think we'll finish higher than last year.
        It'll be right as rain soon enough.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 10:48
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    All this talk is great preparation for the MUST win against Barnsley! And just read in the sun that Trotter is out for three weeks with a groin strain sustAined in training. Wonderful !!!!

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  • November 21, 2013 at 11:13
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    Well said JB. This season is a transitional period for SL and the team in general.
    There are players from the old regime that need to be moved on and players brought in during the summer that need to show there worth.
    Jan isn't to far away, so should see the likes of Feeney / Henry / Keogh / Connolly etc... all gone.
    Don't right off Dunne and Smith quite yet. Still think they can do a job for us this season when called upon.
    Fact of the matter is, we have a 'few' players who think they're better than what they really are.
    Time to 'put up, or shut up'.

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    • November 21, 2013 at 17:50
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      @Syd the Lion: how long has Connolly been old brigade. Correct me if I'm wrong but lomas brought him to us.

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    • November 22, 2013 at 19:26
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      @Syd the Lion:
      I honestly don't know what kind of weird, topsy-turvy Bizarro universe some people are living in when Henry, Keogh, Martin and (despite my personal doubts) Chaplow all need to move on whilst Dunne and Smith (hard working salt of the earth Millwall through and through types though they are) should be retained.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 13:56
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    Some of the players we have had since promotion, simply were not good enough at this level, and that takes time to materialize. And the quality of the league has grown, which has also found out some of our squad. So what do we do ?, two things , we stay as we were, getting players on loan, no better, or sometimes worse ! than what we had. Or do we bite the bullet, and completly change the way the club is run. As far l can see, every player that SL has brought in, has been better than we have. Ok we have 4 full backs, 2 were already here, Connolly is on loan, then Hoyte became available so he gets him. Thats how it works, he will now try and shift some of these out, but it takes time. You can only shift a player on if someone wants him. Good managers will always tried and improve there squad,but this depends on budget, and when the right players become available. I am convinced that if a central defender was available, better than we have, and the money was right, he would be here now. l think SL should take some credit for bringing in new blood. last few seasons everyone was moaning we could not sign a decent player for love nor money. If you look closely you can see what he is doing, gradually changing step by step, but every time he brings in a new player, the team has has to get use to it. I dont know if it is to many changes to quick, but l do know what we had did not work. Its an old cliche l am afraid , but it will take time, and l for one, seeing the type of football we are playing, l know the results dont always reflect this, am prepared to stick with it.

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    • November 21, 2013 at 15:54
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      @sups8892: good post sups and i could not agree more,the transfer and loan system is getting more like a game of poker,bluff and double bluff when we are working to our budget,especially when agents are involved and money is the only incentive,also some of the other posters on this site make statements as if we have unlimited funds to spend on players.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 16:20
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    If we give lomas till Christmas then it will be league 1 football I'm afraid even if we do bit Barnsley it's irrelevant still got to beat the other teams whom are far far better than us

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  • November 21, 2013 at 16:45
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    Seems to me Berylson has a long term plan with SL at the heart of it. He mentioned a clear out next summer and possibly some gone in January. I think we need to back the team and trust in the manager, we really have no choice as negativity helps no one.
    We WILL win Saturday 3.1 , someone's due an a*** kicking , might as well be them.

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    • November 21, 2013 at 18:31
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      @Block 8: The only a***(s) that need kicking are those of Mr.Shittu.
      Hopefully he won't be starting, though due to inadequate cover he'll certainly be on the bench at one end and the other 6 at the other.

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  • November 21, 2013 at 19:13
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    Well JB you openly admit the second half of last season was dire but unfortunately the first 15 games of season has been worse and not looking to improve with SL and his lack of tactical knowledge and constant tinkering with the team
    Just hope JB that you have deep pockets because your vision of high crowds goes with successful teams something we are not
    You need to realise the fans can recognise what's going but you can't!!!!!!!.

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  • November 22, 2013 at 09:39
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    Look, the senior players we have at this club didn't perform last season, we nearly went down!! So I say if you don't like being part of the future of our club, F**k **f. You don't just play for yourselves you play for the club and supporters!!!

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  • November 22, 2013 at 09:44
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    The only reason there is tinkering with the team is because of suspensions and injuries, I have faith, we have some very good players and someone is in for a good beating!! Please God it's Barnsley tomorrow!!!

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  • November 22, 2013 at 21:45
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    'Lions supremo backs lomas' . . Gone by 5 o'clock if we lose tomorrow then!

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