STEVE Lomas has spoken for the first time since he was sacked by Millwall.
Lomas' contract with the Lions was terminated by the board following a 4-0 loss at Watford on Boxing Day, the team's 11th Championship defeat of the season.
And the Northern Irishman says he has no qualms with chairman John Berylson's decision to make a change – particularly as supporters had turned against him.
"I wish the club, the chairman and the board well, and I'm sorry I wasn't able to turn things around," Lomas said. "I understood the decision in terms of where I was with the fans.
"It has been a great experience for me. Six months in this job has felt like two years of management, so it was a fantastic learning curve.
"Obviously things have not gone the way I wanted them to but I still believe what I inherited would have been a very tough job for any other manager.
"I was enjoying the job and the challenge and nobody wanted things to work out more than me. I'm disappointed but understood the chairman's decision."
And Lomas has extended his best wishes to caretaker duo Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald.
"I wish Neil and Scott all of the luck in the world," Lomas added. "With the fans right behind them, hopefully they will get a chance.
"I have no malice towards them. I am confident that whoever takes over will keep Millwall in the Championship."