IAN Holloway is the new Millwall manager.
Holloway has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Lions after agreeing to become the successor to Steve Lomas, who was sacked last month.
The 50-year-old has been out of work since stepping down at Crystal Palace in October.
Millwall chairman John Berylson held talks with Holloway over the weekend and convinced him on Monday to take up the Den hotseat.
Ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones was in the running until the eleventh hour.
But the Lions have given the job to Holloway and hope he will steer them to Championship survival after a miserable first half of the season.
It is understood Holloway sounded out former Millwall boss Kenny Jackett before he agreed to take up the post.
Chairman John Berylson told the club's official site: "The fact that we have been able to attract someone of Ian's calibre and track record is testament to the fact that he shares our view of the potential we have to progress as a club and to move forward.
"In our determination to bring Ian in, we have demonstrated both the level of our ambition and commitment towards re-establishing ourselves as a competitive Championship club, and in due course challenging towards the top end of this division.
"We are under no illusions that our first priority under Ian's leadership is to ensure we maintain our Championship status.
"The new manager inherits an experienced and talented squad that has not been playing to its potential so far this season. He will receive the backing of the board to strengthen as he deems necessary."