Lomas: I am sorry I couldn't turn things around at Millwall

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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."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

104 thoughts on “Lomas: I am sorry I couldn't turn things around at Millwall

  • December 30, 2013 at 18:56
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    F*** off

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    • December 31, 2013 at 08:59
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      @Alan.F:
      I DON'T THINK ANYTHING REQUIRED TURNING ROUND MR LOMAS..............
      WE JUST NEEDED TO PLAY WELL, AND WINN MORE MATCHES THEN WE LOST,
      THE DEFENCE YOU PLAYED WAS "DISMAL".....AND YOU FAILED TO CHANGE IT
      GAME AFTER GAME..............A PROCESS THAT EVEN PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW
      A THING ABOUT FOOTBALL WOULD PUT INTO PRACTISE WHEN REQUIRED.
      LETS HOPE YOU DO BETTER IN YOUR NEXT POSITION, AND ACT QUICKLY, WHEN
      RESULTS DON'T ARRIVE AS YOU WISH THEM TOO..................
      GOOD LUCK, ON BEHALF OF ALL WELL WISHER AT MILLWALL FC, AND THIS BOARD
      CALLLED NEWSATDEN !!!!!
      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN

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    • December 31, 2013 at 10:25
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      @Alan.F:
      HAPPY NEW YEAR WISHES FROM SUE AND ME [ STORMIN' NORMAN........
      TO :
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      Harrythelion,Southstand,William250577, Lincolnshire lion,NICKOLA, Fingers and everybody else on here...Have a wonderful time tonight and all through 2014....................
      " NO ONE LIKES US , WE DON'T CARE "
      STORMIN' NORMAN SENDS GOOD WISHES TO ALL ...............

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      • December 31, 2013 at 12:32
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        @bermlion: and to you and your Berm

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      • December 31, 2013 at 13:19
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        @bermlion: same to you comrade

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      • December 31, 2013 at 18:45
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        @bermlion: happy and prosperous new year to you and sue.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 21:06
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        @bermlion: All the best mate and to every Millwall supporter at home and abroad, especially all those in the service of our country.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 18:57
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    Well Steve , I never kick a man when he's down. Thanks for your effort , can't fault that to be honest. I really hope Millwall suffer no long term damage as a result of the last 6 months. No point in looking backwards , onwards and upwards for all concerned now. Let's move on. COYL

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    • December 31, 2013 at 01:41
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      You mite not be able to kick a man while he's down..but lomas has been steaming in 4 the past 6 months...so he can stick hir apolgy where the sun dont shine

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  • December 30, 2013 at 18:58
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    Bye bye ginger t*****. I wish I could say thanks for your efforts but you were like a kid in a sweet shop with your team selections .... not knowing your best starting eleven after 6 months was your downfall. #COYL

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  • December 30, 2013 at 18:58
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    no snide remarks? a dignified exit.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 19:11
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      @@millwall:
      Yeah , well said. No blame shifting or finger pointing. Nguessan should take note.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 02:58
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        AMBLER FORGOT ABOUT NGUESSON...YOU JUST KNOW HE'S GUNNA BE ON THE LIST NOW

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:04
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    Good luck steve have to be fair when things went right we can see a manager with potential In there but has no authority with players which was his downfull but not going to be abusive towards him he tried his best but naivety and lack of authority was a big problem! Let's hope for a good replacement! Don't want any risks taken again by the board we need an experienced head in be that warnock or holloway or someone else Buzzing for Leicester game with bomber in charge the crowd will be up for it COYL

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:09
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    Steve,sorry you were an appointment that should never have happened, nothing to do with previous connection's you had, you were never good enough for a job like Millwall, tactically inept and way out your depth. Hopefully as others have said already on here you have not done too much damage that we cannot get ourselves out of this mess that you have put us in.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:10
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    And so the big sell begins for his next position, It was everyone else's fault, the match officials, unlucky, now the supporters had turned on him, the crap squad he inherited who he turned to when his own signings were not any better than the one's he slagged and shipped out.
    I can not believe that people wish him well.
    He reminds me of the kid marching on a Sunday morning with the boy's brigade band and his mother admiringly turns and comments he is the only one in step.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:10
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    Six months in this job has felt like two years of management, so it was a fantastic learning curve.
    I still believe what I inherited would be a tough job for any manager.
    Lomas just admit it you f ed it up. Don't go blaming the club. You wanted the job now stand up and take the blame.
    Countless times you said you would stop the concession of goals and you failed. Maybe proper football management is beyond you. Time for non league again or that soppy Scottish stuff

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:15
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    Good luck Steve Lomas, wish you the best of luck in the future. I for one think Steve was unlucky with injuries etc. buy the time was definitely up and a replacement needed. Now let's get Millwall back to winning ways COYL!!

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:16
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    *but not buy

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:17
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    Not the easiest of jobs to sharpen your teeth in management as a rookie. Players have to accept some of the responsibility, good luck Ginge, he could end up a decent manager in a few years but we need someone who knows this division well. COYL!

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:18
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    It was the fans wot did it, then? Fans are only going to react to what they see on the pitch, which in Lomas' case was a leaderless, shell-shocked shambles who gave away continual close-range free headers and had the ball retention of a team five divisions below the rest of the Championship. If you'd been able to fix any of the above, the majority of fans would have backed you. If you're looking for reasons you got sacked watch that Middlesbrough's match again.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 20:31
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      @jamie:
      Well said Jamie. That was a parting shot at us the fans. Generaly speaking the fans did give him a chance but realised pretty quick that he was out of his depth.
      I wish the club chairman and board well. No mention of the fans.
      With the fans right behind them I am sure Neil and Scott will do well. Another pop.
      If you ever want to be a decent manager you need to look no further than yourself.
      Glad somebody else read it like that too Jamie. Cheers.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:19
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    I think we all wanted him to succeed, but unfortunately the team hadn't progressed under his management and so many awful performances meant he'd lost the crowd. I don't wish him any illwill, but think the board should take some serious resposibilty for his appointment.

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    • December 31, 2013 at 03:17
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      Your right when u say the board should take sum blame...me i say they should take all the flak...KJ wanted to quit after the blackburn game....so they had plenty of time 2 shop round for a new boss..but they waited until the store was nearly bare

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:28
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    Some of the comments seen on here explain to me why there's always another one waiting to be ripped off around the next corner and why people like Danny Wilson and Gary Megson keep finding work, yes. there is one born every minute.
    There was a conman among us.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:29
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    I wanted him out as much as the next man but KJ did leave on the back of a right poxy run and with a bit of a mess of a squad/situation for whatever reason.

    The way our defence turned from one of the tightest in recent seasons to a quivering mess is the big mystery for me and for that alone the Tim Tac was warranted. On paper our squad looks stronger than in recent times yet it did not happen. As the WestHam lads at work say "Agent Lomas"!!!!

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:33
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    Steve Lomas you should have been a man and not brought the fans into your sacking.
    So you had about 200 fans that protested about your appointment and about 300 fans protesting about your recent performance.
    That is nothing compared to the weeks and months of abuse that Steve Kean received.
    You were sacked because of your poor performances and not because a minority of fans never wanted you at Millwall.
    No doubt you have just p***ed off a lot of the fans that got behind you despite your West Spam links.
    What a Plonker!

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:46
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    Lomas, Thanks for the effort but at the end of the day you lost the team weeks ago, the fans finally last week and you've lost us a lot of points. Your after match comments were cringeworthy and whilst it's true you did inherit a poor squad and your signings were, in the main, solid, you had no idea how to manage them.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:48
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    you jumped into a job far to big for you steve! it was a massive error in judgement by yourself and our board . you was a good talker and that inevitably landed you the position, it was never gonna work . We could all see that from a mile off your inexperience at this level and the whole ex-vermin thing was just to much of a hole to dig ya self out before you even started ! i think everyone has learned a very unavoidable lesson at the cost of us, the fans . And we're all hoping that it doesn't happen again , coz i have never been so relieved to see a millwall manager go in my life ! i was bordering on depression every saturday afternoon i literally hated it, i was wishing the season away or for results to go bad just to see you gone! thankfully the board swallowed the bitter pill and got rid let's hope it wasn't to late . coz i think they were more than generous in the amount of time they give you in comparison to other clubs across england.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 20:26
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      @steveomfc5: Is it a massive error when he knows he will get a pay off when sacked though? Football managers getting paid for failure and that still amazes me.

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      • December 30, 2013 at 20:38
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        @JonnyBanks: I agree jonnny,but what about the player's as well

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      • December 30, 2013 at 21:11
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        @JonnyBanks: same here it's beyond me it really is!

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  • December 30, 2013 at 19:59
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    Well Steve at least you had the decency to come out and say the truth I admire that. I wish you the best of luck for the future and i think you will end up coming out as a decent manager. You gave it your best shot and tried your hardest but it just was not working for you i accept your apology and i officially say Thank you for your efforts and wish you the very best for the future.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 20:32
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      @millwallgracie98:...........Plus One to that.
      Couldn't have picked a harder job to start English managerial career. And I think it was the 'non-fans' ie the thousands of empty seats that said more and said it louder than a couple of hundred in the car park ! Anyone who turned up because of the fiver deal must have felt they wasted their money and wouldn't return !

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  • December 30, 2013 at 20:37
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    Lets be careful what we say about lomas,because the two problem,s are still at the club.
    1.The back four is our biggest problem,its just not good enough.
    2.There is a disruptive group of player's at Millwall [jacket aired this at the millwall dinner],and i understand Lomas had problem,s with them,so lomas had one arm up his back at the start,especially with the anti Wast Ham brigade joining in it must have been difficult for him from the word go.
    Now if the anti lomas brigade think i am defending him,as i did when he was here you are wrong.
    The fact is i want those players that are disruptive kicked into line,so we need a strong manager who will take no rubbish from them.
    I just wish jacket and lomas would have outed them,then we would know who the player's are that are giving their all for millwall,and we would also know what player's are so far up their own backside they are prepared to put millwall,s position in jeopardy.
    and i do think Lomas would have done better if the two thing's i have highlighted could have been addressed.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 20:58
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      @jim1222: I posted on here weeks ago that the main defence weaknesses were the centre halves. Which interestingly were the only positions Lomas didn't bring in new faces for. Harris puts Lowry there which is where he should be because he aint no left back. We've had two right full backs coming in, to disappear like a fart in the wind, fiddling around at left back etc.
      Who are these players that caused Jackett and Lomas grief ? Two very different manager personalities but still apparently causing problems. All the more reason to get someone in to manage Millwall who has some backbone. I don't care if they're Millwall type players. Not good enough ? Time to go.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 00:15
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        @NICKOLA: Hold on a minute nic as far as lowry is concerned i seem to recall many people posting on here that they had no confidence in him because he is likely to get sent off or give penalties away so left back is the best place for him when he plays,because he is then not in the midddle of the box where he can give penalties away.am i right or wrong.
        As for the players who caused the grief ask jacket to explain his comments at the millwall dinner,as i have had two people tell me personaly that he made reference about certain players[without names] attitude,also i think it was lonz who posted along simular lines.
        and lonz if i have that wrong i will apologise now.
        but there are so many people that had near if not hatred for lomas that they cant see he was not the only problem,and the other problems remain.
        and being on cloud nine after a 0-0 draw against a much depleted doncaster aint gonna change things.
        so please read my post carefully,and you will see i also want someone with backbone .also i said i would like to see them named so at least we would know who is going to give their all for any new manager and us. and in saying that other people agreed with me .
        also we have problems and the only way to sort them is to face up to them.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 21:25
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      @jim1222: Its funny that we keep a clean sheet the minute he's gone, He tried to use us as a stepping stone and he f***** up he was well out of his depth and clueless with it. Playing players out of position,playing a midget up front on his own whilst pumping long balls at him,bringing in poor quality loan players who were worse than whats already here.It wasnt going to get any better jim if he stayed we would be relegated.I hope and believe if we get someone like warnock he will get the best out of this squad and all this b***** about the fans and players being to blame can be put to bed.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 21:36
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      @jim1222: there is much rumour about players - where are the facts? - just because Lomas has gone we aren't suddenly a good team - nil-nil against Donny - People speak like we are 6 points adrift at the bottom - we ain't even in the relegation zone - it could get worse - we have an average squad which won't suddenly start dominating matches - the problem with Lomas was that there were too many fundamental errors leading to easy goals The issue is whether that was because of Lomas' instructions or players doing what they like - if it is the latter and the rumours are right , then yes it can get worse.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 00:27
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        @timchimes: the funamental errors were not lomas fault,like failing to jump for crosses,like failing to close down opposition in and around the box,like not showing their wingers the outside and allowing them to cut inside .these errors should not have been made.that is exactly the point i am making, so why are they making these errors is it because their heart was not in it because of lomas,if so then they should say so.
        They have to remember they are not just playing for the manager,they are playing for us first and foremost.

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    • December 30, 2013 at 21:57
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      I understand your comments but I think it's a cop out for a man who's not good enough but I guess we never know

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  • December 30, 2013 at 21:24
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    Lomas was on a hiding for nothing from day one .the players were hiding behind him he stood no chance,unprofessional bunch of mugs who have showed no heart and have be gutless ,who ever comes in needs to get rid of the shitload of dead wood we have at our club.

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      • December 30, 2013 at 21:40
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        @millwallgracie98: like I said above, where are the facts about unprofessional attitudes? I am not saying it isn't true but why believe something there is no evidence for - KJ and Lomas didn't name them - who can?

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        • December 30, 2013 at 22:27
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          @timchimes: you could see it in the Boro game look at Trotter done nothing and he don't nothing the 2nd half of last season under KJ. Im sure he's not the only one.

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          • December 30, 2013 at 22:49
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            @millwallgracie98: I have been one of trotter's biggest critics, however it was said he was playing with an injury his last 3 games and rightly enough he was not available for Donny - I think Boro was one game too many for him - another Lomas problem - he played through injury the back end of last season hence the operation in the summer - that said, I think he can be moody

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  • December 30, 2013 at 21:54
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    The board should be looking at themselves more then the man they appointed. Tried it on the cheap and failed put it right aa, Warnock / holloway or F off.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 21:59
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    There's plenty of facts,those that no,no.there's bad apples there and until we have a clear out player power well win

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    • December 30, 2013 at 22:52
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      @fandson: I'm as keen as any one to know who they are - who are the people that know? - why don't they tell us

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      • December 30, 2013 at 23:27
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        @timchimes: I'm no Bertie smalls,you have the Robinsons and Jimmy's who fight for the club and have the right attitude but sadly not good enough,then you get players who come back from the summer with 100% body fat ,players demanding contracts ,players on 12k that have no pride to wear the shirt,sulking because there not playing,earn your place in the team,it was a girls playground trust me.

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        • December 31, 2013 at 00:48
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          @fandson: got it right once more

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      • December 31, 2013 at 00:34
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        @timchimes: the people that know are jacket,lomas and the rest of the squad,jacket fueled the rumour at the millwall dinner so perhap's it should be him.
        I can't see it some how.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 22:47
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    Maybe the players should have a say in who they might prefer as manager? Then they cannot blame anyone but themselves for poor performances.
    SL unfortunately never fitted and ran out of ideas. It was nothing to do with West Ham connections that is just plain nonsense. We need a manager who can get to grips fast with the situation, get the players fit and play attacking football. (Is that so called fitness coach still there?)

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  • December 30, 2013 at 22:51
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    We are a hard club to manage. Our fans take no prisoners and Lomas apparently understood that. However I think only in football would people get personal when someone isn't up to the job. I'm pretty sure lomas was trying his best and for a number of reasons fell short. The board have to take responsibility in taking the gamble because that's what it was, lomas was not tried and tested at any respectable level of football but certainly talks a good game and I believe will succeed in the future.
    I do not blame the board for taking the gamble, it happens in football guardiola at Barça had only managed barça's reserves before taking the helm, mourinho was given the Porto job after no playing experience and little coaching experience.

    I just hope that whatever the direction the board takes, our current crop of players bind together and fight for the shirt they are privileged to wear.

    No one likes us, we don't care.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 23:09
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    You still here?

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  • December 30, 2013 at 23:24
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    I'm sorry I spent all the money. I'm sorry I sold our best winger for sod all. I'm sorry I f***** up the scouting system. I'm sorry I'll be taking a severance package from the club. I'm sorry I've been overpowered by Alan Dunne's ego. I'm sorry I was pictured at the West Ham Xmas do. I'm sorry I've left the club languishing in 20th place.

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    • December 31, 2013 at 00:46
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      @Alan.F: Why do you think he sold him,also do you honstly think the manager decides how much a player is sold for.but you made my point about players attitude when you mention dunne's ego.oh and where were we when he took over,we wer 9 mins away from relagation untill peterboro messed up and saved us,and who was it, that then walked out leaving behind many problems amongst the playing staff,it was not lomas,i think his name was jacket or have you forgotten.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 08:27
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        @jim1222:
        Still knocking Kenny Jacket and still supporting Lomas even though he is no longer with us. Look at what they both achieved for Millwall. One was a class act who always backed the fans and was honest and one had no class and hid away when things went wrong and left his players to take the abuse and then blamed everyone but himself. Lomas does not and will never have the qualities of Kenny Jackett whose great service to this club you constantly smear. Shameful.

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        • December 31, 2013 at 12:12
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          @wall2wall: Absolutely agree wall2. KJ imo has been one of the best managers we have had. I would love to have seen KJ still with us and been given the same budget as Lomas. Hope he gets Wolves promoted. Obviously not at our expense.

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        • December 31, 2013 at 13:10
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          @wall2wall: Even though i was not a fan of jacket,you or any one else never heard me knock him when he was at the club,in fact i supported him like i supported Lomas,why? because to continually knock the manager undermines the club.Oh by the way way i was not supporting Lomas for the fun of it,we have some players that are not giving their all for this club ,and i want them sorted out,so if you have the good grace to read what i write properly you just might see what im getting at, its the players who need sorting not the manager.70% of goals against were down to schoolboy defending,and no manager in the world can do any thing about that.Yes lomas could have done some thing about getting better players in, and i have voiced my opinions about it since the begining of the season.
          As for jacket yes he did steady the ship,yes he did give us somthing to shout about,but at the end of the day he walked away leaving us with many team problems.
          and but for woods last season we would now be in div 1 and a lot of fans would have been screaming for his head.so dont call me shameful as all i want is our defence sorted,because if its not we are in big trouble.
          again read what i write think about and you will see where im coming from,im not worried about jacket,lomas or any one else who has left the club,but i will use them to get my points across but you cant see that.
          all i want is players who are going to give their all for the club even if they dont like the new manager that is appointed.
          and one more thing if i am against the new manager you wont hear me knock him ,i will support him as i did jacket and lomas and every other manager that is in the hot seat,untill the board say otherwise.
          WILL YOU?

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          • December 31, 2013 at 13:30
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            @jim1222: good post , how on earth the players were aloud 2days off in Newcastle on the p*** after the Middlesbrough game I well never no,and I no certain player feels guilty about making it hard for him,yeah he made mistakes but when you got players who don't want to play for you your in egg ,bacon and bubble

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          • December 31, 2013 at 14:44
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            @jim1222:
            Jim,you dont give Kenny the credit he deserves. If it wasn't for Woods goals we would of been relegated. Who brought Chris Woods to our club and got him in the best goalscoring form of his career. The answer is Kenny Jackett.
            You always bang on about Peterborough and us being 9 minutes away from relagation. Last season posh went down with the most points anyone has accumalted in the championship so we stayed up punching above our weight yet again. Look at the history books of Millwall and they will tell you all you need to know.
            Kenny Jackett deserves ourrespect for everything that he achieved with us and for the classy way he always conducted himself and the way he represented Millwall FC. So my opinion is that it is shameful when you or anyone else disrespects him by saying he ran out and left us in the crap. If he would of stayed and the board backed him like they did Lomas then we would in my opinion be a lot higher up the league.
            I have stated before like some other posters that I believe Wembley and the Woods saga played a big part in his departure.
            And yes I do support whoever is the Millwall manager including Lomas because if they succeed as managers then Millwall will benefit. Its all about opinions so I will not raise the KJ issue with you again. Happy New Year to you and lets hope the next appointment can unite the fans again.

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  • December 30, 2013 at 23:42
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    got to give the bloke credit for coming out and saying sorry , was never the right fit , brought in some good signings , but just was never big enough to manage them , didnt do himself any favours chopping and changing players about , only seem to get malone and walford playing for him , the board made the mistake of not getting him a decent no2 , i for one could problems ages ago , its a shame cos its cost us money we dont have , wish him well for the future , lets hope someone can get this bunch of decent players to show us all what there made off. THE TEAM HAVE TO LOOK LONG AND HARD AND THINK DID WE DO ENOUGH .

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  • December 31, 2013 at 01:02
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    Thanks SL. Good luck.
    having listened to and read the last two interviews with AA I cant help but think they have someone in mind and who they want. It looks to me SL was second choice due to a knock back and picking up on a few comments in the interviews they seem to be calling out their man. I remember in the summer JB going over to paris and holding a couple interviews and getting a knock back from one, a couple days ago AA said something about someone looking from a far and realising this isn't such a bad job after all, today he's said that you never know what's around the corner one phone call can change the way your thinking.
    I guess you can read far too much into things but I feel there's something in this and would be very surprised if they didn't have an idea. I just hope they don't bottle it this time. No doubt the appointment wont please a lot of us but if they go for experiance then he should get our support from the off especially when we lose a game or two.
    I'd be more than happy with one from warnock, mcleish, coyle, holloway and reasonably happy with megson, wise and babbel. I'd be over the moon with Steve clark and paul clement but really unhappy with zola, dicannio, jones, claridge and any of the silly rookie names being spouted round.
    On chopper and fitz I really hope JB and the board dont put pressure on them to take the job full time even
    if we remain unbeaten in their time as I believe they'd end up like rhino and maca.
    lets not drag it on beyond next week wall as time really isn't on our side.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 01:11
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    Lomas was the only one who wanted the job after they all found out the budget 100k payoff .russell slade fancys it but AA wants more experience

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    • December 31, 2013 at 03:00
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      @fandson: wouldnt mind Slade.... I recon Hearn would not let him go, hes stubborn...

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    • December 31, 2013 at 16:46
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      @fandson: Slade has got more experience than lomas so what is ambler on about?

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      • December 31, 2013 at 17:32
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        @Eightieswall: your right slade been about since the early 90's and also has been interviewed before kenny the coat took the job ,the feed back I'm getting is they haven't got a clue what to do,Gary Johnston put his name up and the oxford manager don't no his name.who no's too wins in a row for bomber there offer it to him.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 01:17
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    Well gotta say lomas has balls i give him that, hope the players start giving there all for the shirt because us fans will be looking at them a little more closely now if results dont change

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    • December 31, 2013 at 03:03
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      @DELBOY64: Well said Del Boy.... Time for players to start grafting....

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      • December 31, 2013 at 15:05
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        @DELBOY64: @JONO: They have no excuse now,if they cant give their all for harris and fitz who are more mates than management,what chance will the new manager have with them.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 03:03
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    Can't believe some of the comments I have read here. All this rubbish about Lomas inherited a bad squad with naughty players. No one forced him to take the job and having taken it, he should have managed it. He was given time and support from the Board and in truth should have gone after the totally unprofessional performance at Bournemouth
    All this well done Steve. Sorry it didn't work out rubbish just gets in the way of how he has weakened this club, brought in players he had no clue how to use and did not have the tactics to progress. In short a bad appointment
    Harris should not be retained for too long as he will also be found to be out of his depth.
    No more fing about by Ambler and his crew get a strong manager in ASAP. Get some pace in the team in Jan and get us out of the mess we are undoubtedly in or else Leyton Orient will be a bigger team than us!!

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  • December 31, 2013 at 03:06
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    We can't blame Lomas for taking the job, he wanted to step up and when he started he did excite us with signings and created hype, unfortunately for Millwall he did not live up to it.
    Seems an ok bloke but i wanted him gone months ago, although im at fault to because i believed he could do the job before season started...
    Onwards and upwards..... Come on you Lions lets get a decent new manager and now its up to us THE FANS to be the twelfth man for the rest of the season!!!!!! We are the most passionate club in the world lets live up to it!!!!

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    • December 31, 2013 at 03:41
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      @JONO: What do we/you consider decent??? Warnock all day long for me

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      • December 31, 2013 at 05:06
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        @JonnyBanks: hes a good manager, spent a fortune over a few seasons eventually got shef utd promoted... a quitter.... but i do think he will keep us up, he wont stay without a big budget though.... to be realistic i think Slade, but like i said before Hearn is a stubborn chairman and will not have any of it....

        Holloway (if we can afford him)
        Warnock
        Slade

        Most of all i would love Steve Clarke but cant honestly see him coming to us...

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  • December 31, 2013 at 07:17
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    We do need to be realistic we have a bottom 5 budget who ever gets the job has to over achieve to do well.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 09:21
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    The simple fact is that if you have a GREAT squad of players, then you can plonk just about anyone in at the helm and they will be successful. I know this is professional football and not park pitch, but the same is true throughout all the league ladders. On a Saturday in my local leagues, if you go and see the teams who win the most, it is because they have great players, not much else. Yes, Ok, so it's far less tactical, but the point is the manager's have very little influence in reality. It's all down to the players. This is where I lay the blame this season. Largely speaking, the team and very much so certain individuals, just haven't performed. Shittu, Robbo and Feeney the obvious ones in my book. Lomas was APPOINTED too - so that decision lies fairly and squarely with the board. THEY took a punt, and it didn't work. Lomas is (was) not the right manager NOT because of his WHU connections, but because he'd never managed a club with the expectation level of ours. He'd not been involved in a club with the sort of passion, desire, appreciation and commitment that ours demands. Or the fan base. In my opinion, he never once took a decision to deliberately lose or upset the fans. His team selections were a combination of 1) Not initially knowing who was who, 2) Integrating new signings into the fold, meaning not just he, but also the players already at the club had to get to know each other, 3) Deadwood (enough said), 4) Injuries. In other words, his choices and selections were the same as ANY manager would have faced. It was HOW he dealt with it that mattered, not WHAT he had to do. Tactics and team selection are critical at the level we are at, of course they are. However, I don't think some of our squad are quite as great as made out (by us on here commenting that is). I'm thinking back to the start of the season and people posting up sunny comments, all very upbeat, and claiming that one or two additions had now made us into a top 6 side. I did not comment on those comments, preferred to wait to see what happened. How much exactly was our most expensive signing? Free transfers, loanees and bit n pieces players that the selling (sic) club don't want - that's why they gave them to us! So where are we now? We are in Blameland, that's where we are. Blame the board, blame the players, blame the manager. To all the posters on here who can't write without being abusive, I say bear in mind what I say, and see how the incumbent manager copes. It doesn't matter too much who it is, as he'll have similar (e.g. season's underway, "new" players less likely [surely?]) conumdrums in front of him, and it will be down to HIM and HIM ALONE to provide the motivation as well as the formation and tactical nous to lift us. Crucially though, if no new faces arrive then it 100% down to the players. Stuff who's in charge - do it for yourselves and US - the fans who support you through thick and thin. (That's a point - are we currently in the thick bit or the thin bit? Thick indicates bogged down, unable to move, thin means we ain't got much!) Anyway, I've nearly finished rambling now ... at the end of the day, Lomas wasn't good enough I agree, but he wasn't here to annihilate anyone either - he just failed. As far as the remainder of this season goes, I just want one thing - survival. I do not care if it is on goal difference, by 1 point, by a lucky own goal ... really don't care, as long as we stay up. It's like playing poker - don't bust a gut to win one hand and lose it all...there's always another deal coming up right afterwards.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 15:23
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        @Sealion: level headed may be but not entirely right - it isn't all about the players - a manger has a profound effect on the way they play - of course we can't compete with Arsenal's players but we don't have to - we need to compete with many clubs with players of similar ability in our league - you know, fine margins and all that - there are so many ways in which we can improve - that is what a good manger will achieve

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    • December 31, 2013 at 11:54
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      @robsep2b: I have been known to be abusive to sl on this site. On reflection that was a very wise post. WELL SAID THAT MAN!

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    • December 31, 2013 at 15:15
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      @robsep2b: Well thought out post,you have encapsulated the problems we have had and still have. loved the bit about abusive posters.
      happy new year to you and every one else.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 10:01
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    I see a lot of squawking on here on how bad Lomas was, and how good jackett was even though he did not get Millwall up in the abundant time that he had, but the real truth is, the fans need to do their bit and get down there in numbers instead of a poultry five or six thousand a game, if you want a decent team you need crowd numbers to pay decent players, so people your new years resolutuion should be, GET DOWN THE DEN AND SUPPORT YOUR TEAM!!!

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    • December 31, 2013 at 12:15
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      @Kswiss: Well said Kswiss. We have the second/third lowest gates, lose money every year and JB bails us out. I think we punch well above our weight being in the championship, and of course want to stay there. SL wasn't good enough although he brought in some decent players, but as some of the other posts on here have said, some of the old timers have not stepped up and died for the shirt. Sickens me when I see it. Up for the Liecester game and who knows!!!!!

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      • December 31, 2013 at 15:31
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        @beedoscores: yes, far too many excuses for not going - it is a game of football for God's sake - winners and losers - a communal experience - a pie and a pint - a line and a joint for some- - turn up and do your bit to influence the result (however deluded that is) and if we lose come back with more determination - otherwise what is the point - no one gets more annoyed than me when I see mangers and players getting basic things wrong, but at least I am there to tell them

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  • December 31, 2013 at 10:25
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    Some of the childish morons on this site make me ashamed to support Millwall!!

    I notice its some of the same people giving it stacks about how terrible SL was and how he should f*** off that were lording him back in August

    He tried and he failed - he's gone and I for one wish him all the best because no matter his managerial skill he seems a decent enough bloke

    Have some dignity chaps - thats the Millwall way! COYL!!!!

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  • December 31, 2013 at 10:40
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    There are a lot of names being bandied about in the newspapers this morning connected with the manager's job. All the usual suspects am afraid. Personally I favour a player manager of good pedigree but doubt if there are any who would take the job. I do not think Warnock will get the job nor Claridge and Holloway is no good under pressure as he has admitted himself. So it's pure speculation as to whom the board have in mind. I agree with a posting above that the board already know who they want , SL was never their first choice.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 13:25
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    Bircham now favourite.......NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    http://www.thesackrace.com/teams/millwall

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    • December 31, 2013 at 13:49
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      @beedoscores: He's been favourite for a while but probably a false favourite, take no notice of the bookmakers.

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      • December 31, 2013 at 15:08
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        @Peckhamlad: Please no not Bircham, that will be a poor start to 2014, as I said in a previous post, we need an experienced manager who knows this league. Still believe in Warnock to kick backsides. Retain our league status and push on next season.

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    • December 31, 2013 at 15:56
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      @beedoscores: he has absolutely no chance of getting

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  • December 31, 2013 at 14:38
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    The truth is he kept saying how bad we defend but simply couldn't fix it. Robbo (sadly) isn't up to Championship standard any more and when Shittu lost form we had no cover at CB. He kept picking Dunne and like Robbo he isn't good enough at this level. So why did he not try and bring in a defender or two that he would actually play? He brought some in to sit on the bench and what's the point of that?

    In reality he just showed us that he knew the problem - we all did - but as a coach he was clueless how to fix it. 13 headed goals against. Last season I can remember just 1. Simple stuff to put right but beyond Lomas to fix. He just wan't up to the job and this has nothing to do with his past.

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    • December 31, 2013 at 15:28
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      @Glasshalffull: I think it was the zonal marking that confused them, it seemed to be beyond their comprehension.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 15:04
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    Be loud n proud at the den v leicester, make their ears bleed with the noise! Never f*** with a wounded lion! Happy new year 2 you all, hope the lads get it off 2 a flyer.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 17:43
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    He had my best wishes until the dig at the previous regime and the fans. Out of his depth from day one, useless sound bite after useless sound bite throughout the summer, post match nonsense after every game. Everybody got the blame except himself. What a self-centered pr*ck.
    Will probably land another well paid job at another SPL club very soon.

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  • December 31, 2013 at 19:36
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    the expected sour grapes .and from a millwall point of view a failure.the fundamental thing is the board do not tempt fate twice,because there total football experience appointed mr lomas in the first place.has any of them stood up and said sorry about the flop we appointed .they are at fault because they were happy with the direction he was taking the club in for the last six months.i hope who ever comes in transforms the club ,on new player basis.gets rid of the necessary,bloods youth, has a neutral background.loves the fans,and gets us one day up with the big boys if only for a season.happy new year to all millwall fans everywhere.

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