IAN Holloway has confirmed that former Millwall manager Kenny Jackett played a vital role in convincing him to become the new Lions boss.
Holloway put pen-to-paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with the club this morning before taking charge of his first training session.
And he told the club's official website that Jackett persuaded him to meet with the Den hierarchy to discuss the vacant position.
"I'm delighted to be here," Holloway said. "I was out of work and got a phone call from a fantastic friend of mine in Kenny Jackett.
"He recommended that I speak to Andy Ambler and John Berylson. I asked him why, and he told me what kind of people they are.
"I met Andy on Thursday and John on Friday, and I was completely blown away for lots of reasons. Everything they want for the club completely mirrored how I feel. I've never felt so wanted in my whole life."
Holloway knows he has a tough job on his hands with Millwall fighting against relegation.
"I want them (the players) to enjoy coming to work," he said. "When you're getting beat it's not fun, and I want to enjoy my life. That's what I've told them.
"It's all about enjoyment and encouragement. They looked a bit down after last weekend so let's see what we can do.
"It's a tough division but I look around that dressing room and there's some fantastic talent.
"Hopefully we can stop losing; that's the first thing. I'll try and galvanise them into a way of playing – a Millwall way of hard work and effort.
"Kenny did a fantastic job to get the lads up and we've had some changes which don't always work.
"It's a new group with lots of changes, but a fresh voice in me might help them a little bit. I want them to enjoy their football and start getting some results under their belts."