Millwall board to narrow search for new manager next week

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler says the process of appointing a successor to Steve Lomas will begin in earnest at the start of next week.

The Lions board took a patient approach to replacing Kenny Jackett in the summer but know time is a luxury they cannot afford halfway through the season.

So the process of whittling down the list of applicants will begin first thing on Monday.

"Next week we will be narrowing things down as much as we can," Ambler said.

"We have been inundated with people wanting to be considered, as we were last time, and we will wait until after the weekend to collate that information and come up with a shortlist.

"We've got less time to make this appointment but there are other people who are out there now who weren't available in the summer, which is natural.

"There may be people looking from afar who realise that this isn't such a bad job after all."

Ambler says caretaker duo Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald are not in the running.

"Neil and Scott have said to us that they don't want to be considered at this time," he said.

"They are a safe pair of hands because they know what it means to wear the shirt. That is why we've put them in place for the next two or three games.

"They carry out important roles for the club and are both important assets. It would be too soon for Neil in particular to be Millwall manager."

Mick Harford will continue to oversee the club's scouting despite Lomas' departure but there is a question mark over the future of first team coach Tim Breacker.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

120 thoughts on “Millwall board to narrow search for new manager next week

  • December 27, 2013 at 13:37
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    That sort of answers my question of the previous post - get Steve Claridge in as coach to replace Breaker, wouldn't be a bad shout IMO.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:42
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    Looking in from afar could this mean babbel has raised his head

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:42
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    The Board had a lot of time to get the right manager before and got it wrong. Now they're up against it, so I praying it's not another bad choice. I just hope Wisey isn't on that list!

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:53
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    Warnock for me............kick those lazy pratts into shape and let the board know what pratts we have.Still more pis..d off with them than Lomas.Loads of players are begging for a contract somewhere, so this lot should play their hearts out.....Les Ferdinhand said that if a club have manager probs,it's up to the senior players in the dressing room to take charge and make them play for the club and this lot have done sweet FA.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 14:00
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      @shoot ffs: will get my mate to tell me who is frequenting the bridge bar a little to often

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      • December 27, 2013 at 14:48
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        @Surrey Lion: Yea.....good idea,name and shame the pratts...parasites of the club

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:54
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    please make the ight choice this time , we can't afford another lomas situation ! i don't think they will mess up this time i also think they have 4 men in mind and them being warnock,claridge,rae and babbel

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  • December 27, 2013 at 13:58
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    malky mackay should be a good fit he just got sacked .

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    • December 28, 2013 at 09:14
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      @boblion: Best manager out there available at the moment but do you think we could afford him?

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:01
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    IMO I'd like Warnock to be manager, but only on a long term basis! I'd like Millwall's future to be secure! I'd like to see Ian Holloway!

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:05
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    Please no clowns like Holloway or Warnock, but someone who prefers decent football like Zola or Claridge. We`ve seen enough hoofball last two seasons.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 14:28
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      @Lion of the North: Zola and Claridge are the biggest clowns going! We already sacked Claridge after 36 days in charge and Zola has made a hash of every job he's had in managerial terms! Shouldnt be in the same sentence as Warnock or Holloway!

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      • December 27, 2013 at 15:28
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: the reason Claridge was sacked is more due to personalities than ability. Theo wanted Wisey

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        • December 27, 2013 at 15:48
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          @Peckhamlad: I'm not privy to such information myself but I find that a bit odd because Colin Lee took over from Claridge (who took over from Wise)

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        • December 28, 2013 at 00:41
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          Dont want warnock part time or anytime..would the ego's on the board..give it to claridge doubtful..i agree with you on mbleish

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    • December 27, 2013 at 15:53
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      @Lion of the North: Lomas tried to get them playing decent football but our defensive clowns couldn't hack it and went back to the only thing they know hoofball.

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      • December 28, 2013 at 13:47
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        @Sealion: Decent football??? Did you see the s*** they dished up against Boro, there wasn't two passes put together, and it wasn't just the rubbish at the back. Although, Dunne, Robinson and Beevers were shocking.

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        • December 28, 2013 at 17:04
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          @beedoscores: He had given up trying to get them playing football by then as it was clear that anything other than hoofball was beyond them probably tried to play to their strenghths (haha) only to find they don't have any.
          I am surprised Fordey hasn't been out with back ache.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:41
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    Someone looking from afar and neil and Scott in charge for two to three weeks,
    Babel maybe ?
    I really hope the appointment is made by the Southend game as the transfer window's open next week and the new man will need time to bring one or two in but I have a feeling they already know who they want

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:39
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      @lukesmithmfc: Think you are right there, they may be going through the motions but have somone in mind.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 17:40
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        "There may be people looking from afar who realise that this isn't such a bad job after all."
        I think what that means is someone who was interested last time, but possibly wasn't convinced about the kitty available. Well, now that person is going to inherit a good squad. I expect the new manager in within a week because I'm sure they know who they want.

        @Peckhamlad:

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        • December 27, 2013 at 18:25
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          @NICKOLA: yeah that will be more than feasible nick.
          at least on paper we do have an attractive squad with a few salable assets if needs be.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:51
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    Why wait till next week to start the search in earnest.
    There are 4 business working days in this week plus anyone interested should be available at anytime to be contacted.
    This is the sort of time when out of work managers are going to snapped up quick. Go and make your man an offer and get him in asap.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:55
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    Malky MacKay was 100/1 at 2pm witgh BetVictor thats now down to 12/1!! knew I should have put a fiver on it!!

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    • December 27, 2013 at 15:56
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      @TheBermondseyBomber:
      Down be downhearted Bermondsey, I reckon you have saved yourself a fiver. No chance of getting him in my humble opinion. If I am wrong I will give you the fiver myself.
      I have a feeling that Warnock will be our interim manager by the end of next week.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 15:59
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        @wall2wall: I'd be happy with that.... 16/1 will do... not that I'm a gambling addict of course!

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        • December 27, 2013 at 16:11
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          @TheBermondseyBomber:
          I'm sure your not.
          I'll see you at our next Gamblers annonymous meeting.
          16/1 is a very decent price. I think there is every chance on the board choosing Warnock short term so I am going to have a little flutter on it myself.
          Dont tell anyone at our next meeting though please. I can't handle the feeling that I have let the group down.

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    • December 28, 2013 at 00:16
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      ASK D.J CAMBELL WHO THE NEXT BOSS WILL BE...SAVE YER SUM DOSH

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  • December 27, 2013 at 14:55
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    "People looking from afar, realising this isn't such a bad job after all" - has got Babbel written all over it. Would save the board a lot time going through the process of finding more out about him and several interview stages before they make a decision but just feel at this moment in time it will totally make or break another manager with no English league managerial experience we can ill afford it again in timescale and financially unless the board decide to bring a seasoned manager in for the short term and hit the ground running to sort this mess out and have Babbel shadowing until the end of the season but again that would prove costly.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:11
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    THANK GOODNESS! THEY ARE LOOKING AT PROFESSIONALS................
    WE NEED THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE EXPERIENCE IN THIS FIELD, AND ALSO HAVE
    GOOD CONTACTS.
    AS THEY SAY GET ON WITH IT, WE DON'T WANT A DRAWN OUT AFFAIR, LIKE THE LAST TIME.
    OBVIOUSLY, THAT DOES NOT WORK SO WELL.
    ==============
    " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
    STORMIN' NORMAN

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:21
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    Malky McKay - dream on! We've got to be realistic or we're going to end up with another manager who's a sitting duck and a cause for division.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 15:51
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: Have a bet on it then Bomber! Malky Mackay is going to be in demand from much bigger and richer clubs than us. Think about it.

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        • December 27, 2013 at 15:56
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          @Adsy77777: Oh I agree he'll be in demand but the fact his odds have been slashed must mean something's gone on him!! but I have also noticed Shaun Derrys odds have come down as well and thats surely even more unlikely! WBA aside though there's not many jobs available right now! Warnock still gets my vote for this seaosn at least

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          • December 27, 2013 at 16:03
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            @TheBermondseyBomber: There won't need to be a lot of money going on for the odds to be slashed mate. Lomas didn't even figure in the early betting last time and the favourite changed about 10 times whilst the board made their mind up. Of all the feasible names being touted, I'd choose Warnock as well - odds are a bit short though!

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      • December 27, 2013 at 19:25
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        @TheBermondseyBomber: forget bookies mate, they slash odds on Managers who they think will never get the job so we all place bets hoping they are true, tomorrow another will be odds on so people place more bets....

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:25
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    Mackay would be a good fit odds down to 11/1 is it possible?

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:47
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    Got to say that the only manager who really stands out who could handle a job of re-uniting a divided club and would have the clout to bring in players in January to shore up the wide open defence is McLeish. He is also out of work so no compo and may be keen to get back in

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    • December 27, 2013 at 15:50
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      @lioncall: Interesting call - he seems to have been forgotten!

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    • December 27, 2013 at 15:53
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      @lioncall: and he openly stated he wanted the job in the summer. If he's still interested then the board can at least listen to his ideas

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  • December 27, 2013 at 15:56
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    By the way, apparently it was Shittu, the useless mug who kicked off about Lomas...

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    • December 27, 2013 at 15:59
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      @Dazi: I heard it was Keogh.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 16:00
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        @Adsy77777: I did hear something about Keogh kicking off about SL to fans on the train home from some away game

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        • December 28, 2013 at 10:48
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          To tell the truth it could have been any number of players who stabbed that useless vermin scum in the back..do we really care

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      • December 27, 2013 at 16:02
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        @Adsy77777: He wouldn't or couldn't perform under Jacket, so get shot as well.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:00
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      @Dazi: Looks like it was a knife in the back for SL from him then.
      Red card and a penalty. Perhaps we can send him off permanently asap.

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      • December 27, 2013 at 16:06
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        @Sealion: It could have been any of 'em, let's face it, I've never really rated Dunne, but the way lomas treated him was not good, and he's popular within the squad. It's a bit contradictory to be asking who shot the first bullet - most of us knew he had reached the end and the players would know more than us.

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        • December 27, 2013 at 16:11
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          @Adsy77777: My brother knows someone on the directors side and was told. As for the Keogh situation that's another story lol. I was talking about the player who openly spoke about Lomas, basically undermining him

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        • December 27, 2013 at 16:41
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          @Adsy77777: You are probably right Adsy but I don't think they are going to like the next guy either because there will be some almighty a*** kicking and ego bursting. They will not be getting the p**** cat they want.

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          • December 27, 2013 at 16:51
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            @Sealion: I think that's one of the areas where SL was found wanting; man management. I can't believe our lot are any better or any worse than any other squad in terms of wanting their own way and wanting to be in the team every week, but that's where a manager earns his corn. That's why I feel we need an experienced man who can sort it out.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:09
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      @Dazi: At least he is unavailable the next three games. Personally never thought AA should have been signing him before mgr was found.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:14
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      I truly hope the board realise their folly in taking their time In the summer now having to make a crucial decision under pressure. I wouldn't be surprised if Warnock got it as we will have little to spend and just get safety for this season sorted. In the summer then take a little more time and get a permanent manager.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:19
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      @Dazi: Sums up why he's playing SO bad after getting the contract he wanted pre Lomasperhaps all those not playing were trying to do a Brutuson him

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:23
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      May be Lomas told the players how it was, said they were lazy, didn’t deserve to wear the Millwall shirt, so they all spat their dummies out and behaved like spoilt brats and it showed in the Middlesbrough game, now they have got what they wanted they need to show they want to play for Millwall if not then send them off to division one/two…..

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    • December 27, 2013 at 19:30
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      @Dazi: I spoke toa player in Bridge Bar he was saying Lowry was causing disruption too... Dont want to say what name and cause more upset hahaha

      But a lot of players lost thier place which might of caused problems...

      Shittu, Lowry, Wright (but cant see him acting up)..... Then Keogh, Easter, Morro all not had regular starts as they would like and Playing out of position

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  • December 27, 2013 at 16:37
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    Come on J.B show us your intent Malky Mckay is available. Pay him the going rate, still believe we have the basis of a squad, granted the defence is a different kettle of fish that does need a major o/haul.
    J.B owns I believe Boston red socks or similar and a sporting conglomerate. I know money doesn't grow on trees but I think the we deserve better. Coyl.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 16:49
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    Hi all,
    After 9 months of not being able to attend any matches due to work schedule blah blah blah
    And the fact that my 14yr old son was desperate to take some of his north london mates to the Middlesborough game we decided to go. (amazed though i was that some of the daily mail reading parents of his mates would let there sons anywhere near SE16)........ the boys took the tube to South Bermondsey and i left work in Hertfordshire and met them down there - as most of you know it was total crap and when asked i had to tell them it was up there with Slough Town away in the cup (yes Dean Neal and all of that crap) as the worst game i had ever seen. So off we went to Watford (tickets were a present from the wife) to see a game even worse ! the reason i tell you this tale of woe is that all clouds have a silver lining as after years of indifference to football in general i now have a fanatical son who gets it - the Watford experience has left him desperate for more and he understands that it is all about the fans,the highs,the lows and the badge. We are both North London born and bred and i have been going for over 38 years (season ticket for most) and have loved every moment of crap and joy in equal measure and i am sure that he will now go the same way - the club belongs to us and we define what it is not the board or most of the players - notable exceptions of course who need not be named ! So thank you Lomas for making another kid realise its not all North London premiership crap or the twats from Manchester etc ..... Its all of us who matter and if he continues wanting to make that train journey and if his pocket money allows then good on him - I will be the proudest old git around that he now wants to be part of the family who are MFC......... We just need a manager who understands...........that is all i ask for

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    • December 27, 2013 at 16:58
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      @n3lion: That's a lovely post and similar happened to me at the start of this season, I had not been to the den for a couple of years since I lost a couple of mates. Going there and savouring that homely friendliness and the atmosphere is like no other club in the country. Despite all the moaning and groaning I love to go back for more, it's still the best club in the country.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 17:02
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      @n3lion: Nice post, it's sometimes exhilarating, often frustrating and despairing but it is never boring following the Wall. No mid table obscurity for us. lol

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    • December 27, 2013 at 17:05
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      @n3lion: That's why we're like no other club. Good post.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 19:41
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      @n3lion: Very true my friend... My boy who is 6 started coming with me this season and after all the crap results he still remembers Leeds and says to me "Dad we love Millwall because we are strong Lions and its our Local team" that what i teach him after every loss..... He will be mascot against Watford at home and i hope it will be good times for us.....

      We win some and loose some but the tears make us love them so much..... I was at the Cup games against Arsenal in the 90's crying with hurt when David Seaman saved the penalty in front of the Cold Blow Lane end and also shed tears of Joy when we be Arsenal at Highbury and Mark Kennedy scored the second.....

      We LOVE Millwall to bits..... Time to take back our club..... Aim Higher and get behind the team (when they start playing their best)

      MILLLLLLLLLLLLLL

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    • December 27, 2013 at 23:50
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      @n3lion: thanks for this post, supporting Millwall is not about craving success it's about loving and living the club it's culture and it's tradition, a friend of mine said after the boro game that the least we are entitled to is not to feel embarrassed , and that's how it's been recently and lomas is not the only one to blame , let's hope some of the cheats we have playing for us can get their arses in gear and start justifying the rewards that most of us can only dream of

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      • December 28, 2013 at 14:02
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        @thecolumbusblock: I agree, there are cheats playing, and they have to go. I don't care who or what they think are, but they are taking the p*** out of the Millwall faithful and its time it stops. My son took 9 of his mates to the Boro game for his Birthday, and although they were disappointed, we will back for the Liecester game in full voice.
        COYL

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  • December 27, 2013 at 16:53
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    Just been confirned McKay has been sacked by Cardiff, we could do no worse than sign him as manager.
    But doubt if the club could afford his wages or if he would want the job.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 17:38
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    Am i right ambler has said twe aint got a lot of time..who's to blame for that..everyone on this site has callinp on AA for a while to sack sl...LISTEN TO THE PAYING CUSTOMERS you bald headed hobbit...JB take charge .

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  • December 27, 2013 at 17:45
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    Some of the names on the bookies lists are just scary. Just because we got our fingers burnt with Lomas is no reason to shy away from appointing another hungry younger manager. I'd take Rae, Claridge, Harris or any other ex-Millwall player above the Warnocks or other dinosaur names on the managerial merry-go 'round. If Lomas's appointment taught us anything it should be that we need a man who knows what makes the club tick, not one that thinks he's saying all of the right things but is just a media friendly face. We might have a managerial diamond in Harris, who knows? George Graham came to us with no management experience and look what happened.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 18:13
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      @lion.ie: you should go and talk to AA and JB and tell them you want Rea, Claridge or Harris and see what they say , im sure they will not go for any of them because they have no experience

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      • December 27, 2013 at 23:35
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        @boblion: Wasn't that my point? All the very good Managers had no experience going into their first job. George Graham had done some coaching, just like Rae, Harris and to a lesser extent Claridge.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 17:48
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    Thanks for the comments re my earlier post ........ but has anybody noticed that D*** Emery is behind AA in the pic at the top of this post ?.....................................

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    • December 27, 2013 at 18:02
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      You are naughty.@n3lion:
      You are naughty.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 18:15
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      @n3lion:
      You are awful but I like you

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      • December 27, 2013 at 19:10
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        @Basingstokelion:
        Thats right. It"s awful and not naughty. Memories on the way out.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 18:01
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    You are naughty.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 18:09
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    Poxy phone.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 18:11
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    I think Malky Mackay could do some good at the den.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 18:22
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    I am trying to take a realistic approach to the situation and this is how I see it:-

    1) Lomas will receive a payoff so JB won't want to pay compensation as well for a manager or coach currently employed by another club.
    2) Having got his fingers burnt with Lomas he will want to make sure he brings in a manager this time with proven Championship experience.
    3)Many of the managers mentioned in the bookies odds are out of our reach financially or wouldn't be interested in coming to us anyway.
    4)All the out of work managers carry some sort of baggage. They were either sacked from their previous position, left by mutual consent or resigned.
    5) In view of all these facts I think appointing Warnock in the short term would be the best alternative to enable him to make use of the January Transfer Window.
    6) By the end of the season he will either have helped us to avoid relegation or we will be on our way to League 1. This will then determine who we appoint as a permanent manager during the Summer..

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    • December 27, 2013 at 18:38
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      @denslions:
      Are they going for a Warnock type to steady the ship and try to keep us up, or if someone oustanding comes along, give him a 3yr contract ?
      Lomas was on one year rolling contract I think so we only owe him 6months money.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 18:47
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      @denslions: It makes good sense to me denslions

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  • December 27, 2013 at 19:22
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    To think they choose Lomas when they had time, f****** hell, hopefully they make the right choice this time

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  • December 27, 2013 at 19:43
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    NICKOLA - I honestly believe they will go for Warnock on a short term basis to see if he can help us to avoid relegation rather then hand someone a 3 year contract and we still end up getting relegated anyway. They will then be in a better position in the Summer to make a long term choice when they know which league we will be in next season.

    Going back to your earlier comment on this thread I now wonder if Lomas was the second choice after someone else turned down the job. It certainly sounds that way from Ambler's comment.

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    • December 27, 2013 at 20:49
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      @denslions: not so sure about that. If Kean or Babbel are still available they may get it this time

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  • December 27, 2013 at 20:49
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    Alex ferguson coming out of retirement he's coming to us for six months

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    • December 27, 2013 at 21:01
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      @ody: Rather him than his son that's for sure.

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  • December 27, 2013 at 21:12
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    junkmale - Kean has recently become the manager of a club overseas. Babbel is still out of work but his management career isn't very impressive anyway so I would still go with Warnock on a short term basis. Unless, of course, there is another suitable candidate still available who turned down the job before Lomas.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 01:13
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    WHO COMES UP WITH THE LIST OF NAMES...someone please find aseally good un...4 days 2 transfer window..AA complete 2 centre backs first...NH & SF can help

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  • December 28, 2013 at 01:21
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    Not warnock another p**** who blames everybody but himself when things don't go his way. Been there, want somebody like mcleash & Harris as his assistant

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  • December 28, 2013 at 01:21
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    Not warnock another one who blames everybody but himself when things don't go his way. Been there, want somebody like mcleash & Harris as his assistant

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  • December 28, 2013 at 01:23
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    Not warnock another one who blames everybody but himself when things don't go his way. Been there, want somebody like Mcleash & Harris as his assistant .

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    • December 28, 2013 at 11:12
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      I AGREE McLIESH & SUPER NEIL..WILL LEARN A LOT FROM MC....WARNOCK CAR CRASH WAITING 2 HAPPEN

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  • December 28, 2013 at 09:40
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    Mcleash will be a good manager has a much better record than alot of other managers on the list but what im fearing is the board go crazy again and sign up di canio

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  • December 28, 2013 at 10:31
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    Di Canio & Wise as a double act!

    We could televise the dug out and sell the rights, we could then move to buy Messi!!!!

    Seriously though no 'joke' candidates, we can take an unproven man provided they also employ a short term mentor.

    Me I fancy Colin Cooper, he loves this club.

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    • December 28, 2013 at 10:41
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      @wongo: Coops is untried at this level but no doubt he knows the club and fans have a lot of time for him. For me, we have to go for experience and not get blinded by future promise.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 10:44
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    Two new names being thrown into the ring for the managers job by the Daily Mirror, Gary Megson and Michael Appleton, as well as Dennis Wise!

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    • December 28, 2013 at 10:50
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      @Peckhamlad: Appleton is hopeless but Megson has a good track record.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 11:22
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    See shaun derry name has popped up hope not http://www.oddschecker.com/football/football-specials/millwall/next-permanent-manager

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  • December 28, 2013 at 11:33
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    Haven't posted on here for a while, so firstly hope you all had a good Xmas.
    Moving on to what's happened over Christmas.
    Without doubt, SL had to go. Tried something new, but when doing that you need players that believe in what you're trying to achieve and secondly they need to have the skill and ability to carry it out. Unfortunately our current squad had neither.
    Hadn't missed a boxing day game (home or away) for many a year, but after the Middleborough disgrace, gave Watford a miss and glad I did.
    Whoever we appoint as our new manager / coach, they have a very tough job on there hands and I see us getting relegated this year (sorry for the negative slant).
    Now for the 'rant'.
    I AM THOROUGHLY FU#KED OFF AND FED UP WITH OUR CURRENT SQUAD OF SO-CALLED FOOTBALL PLAYERS. NOT ONE OF THEM HAVE A PAIR OF B***** OR DESERVE TO WEAR OUR SHIRT. NO PASSION, NO COMMITMENT AND NO HEART.
    J.B, YOU SHOULD SELL THE FU~KING LOT OF THEM.
    GOOD LUCK TO NEIL HARRIS TODAY, YOU ARE GOING TO NEED IT BOMBER, WHAT WITH THIS BUNCH OF USELESS, OVER RATED WA#KERS.
    I'll turn my caps lock of now and wish you all a very happy new year.
    COYL.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 11:39
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    AA. OR JUST HOBBIT GUNNA GET IS A*** IN GEAR & SIGN UP A TOP CHAMPIONSHIP BOSS e.g MACKAY..OR GET STUCK WITH A MUG.. .THE JAN SALES JUST ABOUT TO START..PROBABLY LOSE OUT THERE {AGAIN}..AND GET THE PLAYERS NO-ONE ELSE WANTS

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  • December 28, 2013 at 11:43
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    Megson is 11/2 second fav to get job on skybet.

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    • December 28, 2013 at 12:25
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      @Peckhamlad: No no no. Out of game to long, sounds cheap. On that basis the board will give him the job. Come on someone top dollar, not a has been.

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      • December 28, 2013 at 12:38
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        @potty1:

        He's no has been and not been out of the game for long, has vast experience I would not dislike him being given the job.

        "Megson twice took West Brom up and is one of only three managers to lead a club straight back to the Premier League following relegation.

        He also kept Bolton in the top flight during his two years in charge before being replaced by Coyle, despite Wanderers having just five points from 10 games when he arrived in October 2007.

        The former Nottingham Forest, Stockport and Norwich boss has been out of work since being sacked by Sheffield Wednesday in February 2012, even though the club were on course to win promotion to the Championship."

        Check out all the latest News, Sport & Celeb gossip at Mirror.co.uk http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/gary-megson-wigan-ex-sheffield-wednesday-2881197#ixzz2olxEA2vF

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  • December 28, 2013 at 12:15
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    Board don't want Warnock according to aldo

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  • December 28, 2013 at 13:39
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    Really not sure about Megson. He does have a decent(ish) track record but he also has a history of falling out with players who dislike his aggressive man-management style. I seem to remember Darren Huckerby slaughtering him saying he was like a crazed animal on the touchline who treated senior pros like they were 15-year-olds. I guess some of our players deserve that treatment but the all stick and no carrot approach didn't work serve Lomas very well, did it?
    I'm surprised no one on here as mentioned Mike Phelan who was in the papers recently saying that after learning his trade under Fergie he'd love a manager's job and would be quite happy to drop into the lower League's if the right opportunity came along.
    Sorting out our shower would seem like the ideal opportunity!!!!

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    • December 28, 2013 at 14:03
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      @Lonz: I wouldn't be disappointed with Phelan, Megson, no thanks, Wise, a resounding NO from me, Appleton is widely respected as a coach but would be too much of a gamble with the position we're in IMO. Coops is a good fit in the future, but is untried at this level.
      Holloway lost the players at palarse (and apparently blackpool) and for me, is not the man for a battle (when the going got tough at palarse, he got going), I personally, can't see Mackay being interested or us having the money to bring him here, likewise, Hoddle, who I would love to see here. Of all the serious candidates mentioned, IMO, Warnock still stands out. Give him the job til the end of the season, then look to the likes of Coops. Just my thoughts.

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      • December 28, 2013 at 14:33
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        @Adsy77777: It sounds like Mckay is fav for the West Brom Job.

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    • December 28, 2013 at 14:17
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      @Lonz: I could be the understudy at Man Utd, with their budget and Ferguson in charge. I did think Holloway would fit in, as he has done a job at clubs with little money, and gets the best out of players. Now not sure, and also not sure about Megson, the fans hated him at Bolton. I don't have a favourite, but please not claridge, he would be a soft touch for the so called senior players, otherwise known as Cheating scum bags.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 14:52
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    Claridge looks like he would be bullied by players like Dunne and Shittu, Warnock not wanted by the board, don't fancy Dennis Wise and Malky is a longshot so hopefully we get Holloway; works well with little budgets so quite ideal for our club. We defo need someone with championship experience so hopefully it will be Holloway and not someone like Owen Coyle or Dave Jones.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 15:53
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    excuse the change of topic
    Does any one know what is happening with the southend tickets ? have we sold initial 1000?

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    • December 28, 2013 at 17:17
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      @timchimes: The perspective Millwall managers as posted on here have all taken one each. There's three left apparently.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 21:24
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    Another tear passes and we are in the same position - close to bloody relegation. I haven't seen any fight in this team, no bite, no characters no Terry Hurlock's in this team to get everyone revving. Every game i see Trotter prancing around, Abdou chasing shadows, nothing creative and the defence not sharp enough. Get someone in to giet that bite back, get that bloody Lion Roar going, it's more like a meow at the moment. I've seen some crap over the years but some of the games this year have been woeful, Birmingham, Borough, Leicester, Yeovil. We were poor at Charlton - just thankful they are worse than us!!!! I don't care who comes in as managar (pref. not Warnock - that is going backwards) but someone who is proud to be at the club. Clear the crap out, get some survivors in, get some passion and be proud to be a lion. If I'm travelling a hundred miles to see a game (live in West Country) then make me wanna come. NO ONE LIKES US WE DON'T CARE but we do care about our team. So come Millwall get some pride, get some passion, get some fight and get some results. We have the ability now lets use it. Let's ROAR into 2014. WE've done it before let's do it again.

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  • December 28, 2013 at 21:25
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    Sorry last post should have been year but tear seems appropriate!!!

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  • December 29, 2013 at 02:50
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    Remember George Graham, whats he doing now? I'll have him back. As an alternative someone with contact, Steve Clark, Neil Warnock (short term) most of all someone who understands our club, if you try for 90 minuites we will ask no more. The sprit of Harry.
    WAlllllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • December 29, 2013 at 08:56
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    For me it's Sean O'Driscoll. Done wonders at Donny with small budget and likes to play it on the floor. Knows how to wheel and deal and must have good contacts through the leagues. Had a disaster at Bristol City but their issues run deeper than one manager. 2nd choice would be an experienced manager wanting a step up - so Paul Tisdale (Exeter). Then it would be an ex-Lion who is in the coaching game, so I guess that's Cooper but with full respect to him and his family, I would imagine they are settled in the north. The club can't gamble and look long-term - simple answer is that we must stay up which makes warnock a serious contender. Personally though, as usual with any manager vacancy, a lot of the names are pure speculation. We are a small club, small gates, small budget and we need someone who can handle that and get us punching above our weight. O'Driscoll for me.

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  • December 29, 2013 at 14:49
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    My choice would have been Terry Butcher but he's just signed a contract at Hibernian

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