IAN Holloway says he will be ruthless with his team selections between now and the end of the season as Millwall battle relegation.
The Lions boss insists he will not pick players who he believes do not have the stomach for the fight – and admits his starting XI against Brighton on Saturday could be telling.
He said: "I'd rather focus on the positives but if I need to kick someone's backside, I will. If I need to leave people out because I don't think they're trying hard enough, I will.
"If I have got to give someone a hammering, I will. I have got carte blanche to do whatever I like and I will.
"We need our fans to stick with us and I will guarantee them one thing – that everybody will be working until they drop.
"Did I see that from everybody at Barnsley? Probably not, hence I will be keeping that in mind when making my next selection."
Holloway believes Millwall are no more or less likely to be relegated than "five or six" other teams – and says nobody can predict how the rest of the season will pan out.
He said: "I have had an open and frank meeting with the players and I said a few bits and pieces. My job is to show them what they didn't do right and then go again.
"I am trying to work out why we're not functioning like we should do. If I'd had a full season of selecting the team, I don't think we'd be in this mess.
"I have taken over at a very difficult time – you ask anybody who's trying to turn a team around, it's not easy. It's about hard work, people who care and doing the right things.
"We've got 14 more chances and who is to say we cannot win enough of those to stay up? Nobody can, that's the truth.
"Nobody in the league wants relegation, but why are we focusing on us? There are five or six other teams who could go down with 14 games left."