Berylson: Millwall board has done everything it can this year

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CHAIRMAN John Berylson feels there is little else the Millwall board could have done this year to bring about success at the club.

Berylson has financed an increase of the Lions' playing budget from £7million at the time of Kenny Jackett's departure in May 2013 to its current level of nearly £10m.

During that period, the Den hierarchy has sanctioned the loan and permanent signings of 19 new players under managers Steve Lomas and Ian Holloway.



But despite ploughing more money into the club than ever before, Boston-based Berylson has seen the Lions continue to struggle at the wrong end of the Championship table.

He told the Southwark News: "This should have been our best team and our best season. It frustrates me emotionally rather than financially, but it's been a tough season."

After five-and-a-half years of stability under Jackett, Berylson decided to make a change of management mid-season when Lomas was sacked last December.



The ex-West Ham midfielder was an unpopular appointment at the time of his arrival in the summer, but Berylson insists the Northern Irishman was the outstanding candidate.

"As a chairman I think I did the things I should have been doing," he said. "Both times that I chose a manager I went for the best option available.

"Appointing Lomas would have been a mistake if there was another person out there who would have been clearly better, but there wasn't.

"Did it work out? No, clearly, because he's not with us any more and that speaks for itself.

"Steve turned out to be a stop on the road to Ollie so in a funny way, yes, it did work out, because I think Ollie could be here for a long time to come.

"I want the season to be over, for us to be safe and to clear the decks and start over.

"I'm looking forward to playing around with names again in the summer and building a new team with Ollie. We didn't really do that last year – we didn't think things through.

"But I hope the supporters know that the board has done everything it can – we have signed every cheque and turned every dial."

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52 thoughts on “Berylson: Millwall board has done everything it can this year

  • March 13, 2014 at 13:35
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    It has not worked cause the Players who have been brought in have NOT performed at all. I still feel that they could run a little more in play. Let's hope the do on saturday or we may be DOOMED !

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  • March 13, 2014 at 13:41
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    You always try & do what's best for millwall. But you have to look at the people around you they are the ones that have let you down. Let's start a clear out in the summer starting with the idiots on the board

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    • March 13, 2014 at 15:08
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      @block 28: There are other people at fault but the biggest ricket was getting Lomas in over people like Rosler! Don't tell me for one minute that Rosler wasn't considered and if he wasn't, that is an even bigger mistake! Would get more credit from me by coming out and saying we made a mistake getting Lomas. The appointment was doomed to fail from the start.

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      • March 13, 2014 at 17:12
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        @DanLion: Was Lomas really the best available? I find that hard to beleiv. Who else wa in the frameat the time of his apoointment?

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  • March 13, 2014 at 13:46
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    The players have made mugs out of us. Last year was such a near thing, the club decided to spend a lot more on experienced Championship players, and we've actually got worse because a lot of them are mercenaries unavailable most of the time, going through the motions the few times they are fit to play. The experienced players have done nothing to shore up the extreme mental fragility that crippled us last season, they've made it worse. It was telling when they said Feeney's departure would make Lee Martin feel more settled; if the man can't focus to play his game because Liam Feeney happens to play in the same position in the same squad he shouldn't be playing football.

    I will be surprised if we stay up, but whatever happens the recruitment policy should be more up-and-coming younger players from smaller clubs. Upson & Williams are the right kind of addition, DJ Campbell is like playing with 10 men.

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    • March 13, 2014 at 13:56
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      @jamie: I've said it before, Millwall have been, are still are, a poorly run club. Decisions made sometimes take my breath away. Hoyte is a classic example.
      We need people on the board who have a vested interest in Millwall as a club and who actually understand what it's all about - with all that entails.
      We need a complete and utter revamp of the scouting system.
      We need to stay up this year. The writing has been on the wall since the end of last season that this was going to be difficult. . JB hires Lomas who didn't work out. Then gets Holloway who was my personal choice but who needs time. He's already made mistakes in the transfer market and with some of the formations. Let's hope that this striker who is coming in on loan is worthy and up for it.
      Oh, and we need a clear-out at the end of the season of biblical porportions.

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      • March 13, 2014 at 14:30
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        @NICKOLA: I agree with your comment about a revamp of our scouting system. I saw on Sky Sports News the other night that Burnley are giving a trial to a Dulwich Hamlet striker. Dulwich is only a couple of miles away from the New Den and if Burnley consider that he is worth a trial why did we miss him? Huddersfield also signed a Dulwich Hamlets striker last year so why are we continually missing players on our own doorstep when clubs up north are spotting them??

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        • March 13, 2014 at 14:53
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          @denslions: Because we sacked our one scout and gave Mick Harford a copy of Football Manager! The Dulwich regulars I know say that when Millwall played there pre-season Oztumer scored the best goal of his life, and he's past 30 goals this season. People will say it's a very low standard of football but look how a so-so League 2 team destroyed us.

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          • March 13, 2014 at 16:47
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            @jamie: I remember Gordon Jago bringing in two players from Sutton United I had the opportunity to talk to him the next day when he told me he was bringing in two black players he had been to see play. They were Trevor Lee and Phil Walker. There are good player out there but Millwall's scouting set up has been woeful since Bob Pearson left (another Jago capture). Millwall needs a root and branch clear out starting top down, there are a few board members who want replacing as well.

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          • March 13, 2014 at 16:55
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            Reading between the lines it appears that JB is accepting the inevitable, nothing seems to have gone right this season, even his development plan has hit the buffers. I would not be surprised if sometime he will up and go. Leaving the day to day running of the club to the likes of Ambler is a disaster.
            Anyone got a solution?

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  • March 13, 2014 at 13:51
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    Feel really sorry for JB - he has been let down by the people advising him yet he has backed us all the way.

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    • March 13, 2014 at 14:03
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      @Adsy77777:

      yes well done Jb - money not wisely spent - too many transfers before the season began - still i think 4 wins can see us up and a couple of draws - 45 points - no reason we won't beat Charlton - stick together

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  • March 13, 2014 at 13:51
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    This article has been put out by jb to softhen0 some of the responses cos its by a man fans respect...the facks are well known by fans..jb didn't go into the transfer market & waste his money others have done that...i do disagree bout lomas being the only one for the job..i think aa is hiding the list

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    • March 13, 2014 at 14:50
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      @Jim28: It is strange timing - sounds a bit like he thinks we're going down. I can'yt say I disagree with him on that. Fair enough if JB has increased the playing budget by £3m, but as Chairman I think he should accept some responsibility for the awful past few years we've endured on the pitch. We didn't invest last season under Jackett when it was really needed and we seem to be wasting too much money on really poor choice signings and loans. Maybe thats not JB's fault, but somebody at the club keeps sanctioning expenditure of good money after bad.

      The choice of Lomas, however, rests soley with JB. I'd have more respect if he held his hands up and admitted they made a blunder, but to say he was the best choice out there is just plain disrespectful to us fans.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 14:04
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    Well said JB, you certainly put money into the club, it's others at the club that have let you down, ultimately though it's the players that have put us in this position and time is running out to turn it round.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 14:42
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    TOP MAN J.B. without you i dread to think where we would be???

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    • March 13, 2014 at 15:18
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      Once jackett declared he was stepping down & leaving the day 2 day running of his & jb's club in the safe hands of ambler alot of us fort he would f*** things up...no tour of eire was arranged ..took a age to get in another boss...& who did he get a moron .ffs andy townsend would have been better....he was like a kid with money ..wasted it on sweets...when he should of got just 3 class players..back mid & attacker..this is not hindsight..i said it then ..olly has slowly got together a good mid

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  • March 13, 2014 at 14:54
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    If only we had board room full of JBs instead of a bunch of BSs. He speaks from the heart and puts his money where his mouth is time and time again. A top top man... Never leave the club JB!

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  • March 13, 2014 at 14:58
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    No one can argue with the backing JB has given us. Shame that others involved in running the club cannot get their act together. I really think after the season ends - whatever happens - JB needs to take charge and start making big changes to our recruitment policies. For years now we have become a home for has beens and wage thieves at the end of their careers. JB should be looking at clubs like Huddersfield and Peterborough who have excellent recruitment, getting in young players. Think of the money JB would have saved this year with proper recruitment in place, and with him being a business man I wouldn't think the money he's thrown away this year on sub standard signings will go unnoticed. Well done JB. We're lucky to have you and your support.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 15:04
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    Make no mistake, I am a big Holloway fan, he's the first manager in many years that has the knowledge and passion to turn our club around, but he's only one man. it makes me sick to the core when players whimp out with a sore neck!! what the f**k!!! i was a soldier and if we whimped out, we got a kicking! fortunatly I'm Millwall so i never whimped out! but you get my point. our training was harder, we ran every day until we dropped, and these t****** cant run around for a few hours a week. I know im not the only one who would pay money to put that shift on, granted id be crap, but id make the other team pay in blood. Holloway is a good manager, and not affraid to admit when he makes mistakes. will people stop banging on about Jacket. he got us promoted through the playoffs, and we wernt the better team. we played crap football and he buggered off before he got us relegated again.

    two of the strikers were already at Millwall when Holloway got here, and they are crap. the two he brought in had a proven track record (dj and sj) but how was he to know they'd given up already.

    stay up or go down, Holloway will deliver. give him time and our support, and let the lazy b******* on the pitch know how we feel. keep the faith. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    • March 13, 2014 at 20:39
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      @Geoff the lion: Well said mate and in total agreement with you. It's a shame there's a few wobberlers on here slagging off the manager when things are rough. I'd rather they clear off somewhere else these no good pessimist!

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  • March 13, 2014 at 15:15
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    Like you J.B, I also want the season to be over, for us to be safe and to clear the decks and start over.
    In life, you tend to learn a lot more from your mistakes and hindsight's a wonderful thing.
    Whatever happens, let's get rid of all the s*** and build another great Millwall team.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 15:22
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    This 11 year old boy who is suffering from Neuroblastoma Stage 4 Cancer has more go in him then all of you 30 players put together, you have been given the gift to play professional football and not many people have this, you should be ashamed of your self, because this little boy will not see he's 13th birthday.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 15:32
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    Couldn't of asked for more! Takes a certain player to play for millwall, kenny knew this because he knew the club unlike lomas who brought in any tom d*** and Harry. Ollie will understand this better over time!

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    • March 13, 2014 at 15:38
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      @MFCTOMMY: youve got to be having a laugh! kenny was as clueless and lomas, he was just a bit luckier. we played crap football under kenny, and only got promoted through the play offs, and we werent the better team either. we had one player, woods who buggered off for more money, and when he went, we started to crumble. thats why King kenny left, cos he wasnt good enough to turn it around. Ollie will prove his worth when he has a clear run and a full season. keep the faith. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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      • March 13, 2014 at 16:21
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        @Geoff the lion: Sorry Geoff - IMO KJ turned this club around with a lot smaller budget than Lomas or Holloway, look at the job he's doing for wolves. I am not a fan of Ollie and I am yet to be convinced BUT I sincerely hope he proves to be a great Millwall manager and that I am proved wrong but he has a long way to go to be offered up in comparison to Kenny.

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      • March 13, 2014 at 16:21
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        @Geoff the lion: 'kenny was as clueless and lomas...'
        Biggest load of b***** I've ever heard.

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        • March 13, 2014 at 16:31
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          @Syd the Lion: now now syd, no need for talking trash! the football under kenny wasnt pretty, and the season we went up was luck. i rember walking out of wembley that day and people saying we are gonna get screwed in the championship, and bar the time we had wodds, we were screwed. kenny has gone to wolves, has some players we wouldnt mind, but lets see how he gets on if they get promoted. Kenny is a div 1 manager, so why do you set your expectations so low mate. and remind me, when was the last GREAT millwall team you speak of so highly????

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          • March 13, 2014 at 16:41
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            @Geoff the lion: Not sure why you're slating Jackett. Maybe his heart wasn't in it during the last year, but in a short space of time he turned us round from facing relegation to League 2 to promotion to the Championship. With more resources we might have pushed on, but it wasn't to be. The football at the end wasn't great, but I think most of us would thank him for the great job he did for Millwall.

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          • March 13, 2014 at 16:44
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            @Geoff the lion: Did you actually go to any games whilst Kenny Jackett was in charge, because from what you're saying I doubt it very much.
            Kenny Jackett came in when our club was on it's knees heading for League 2, got us promoted within 2 seasons and kept us in the Championship on a very limited budget.
            And to say that Kenny Jackett was as clueless and lomas.. is total b*****!

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      • March 13, 2014 at 17:42
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        @Geoff the lion: other peoples replies say it all! You sure you've followed millwall over the last 5years?

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        • March 14, 2014 at 09:20
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          @MFCTOMMY: tommy ive been watching Millwall for over 40 years!!!! difference is i know the difference between a lucky manager and a bad one. with kenny we got lucky. no real tactics, just plenty of long balls up to tiny little players!!!

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  • March 13, 2014 at 16:55
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    Syd, of course i went to matches under Kenny, and whilst i agree we couldve done a lot worse, lets no lose sight that he was a half decent manager in a lower league. when we got to the championship, he didnt really make the grade. for your information, he had more money in him time than wisey, and wisey did a better job. only cos of the thieving greek git theo we didnt go up that season. look mate, if scrappy football and the long ball is good enough for you, then great, but kenny wasnt as good as you seem to think, he was just the best of a bad bunch. give holloway time, then maybe we'll see what millwall are truely capable of. keep the faith mate. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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    • March 13, 2014 at 22:34
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      @Geoff the lion: Wise did a better job than Jackett - sorry Geoff, are you sure you're on the right forum? This one is for MILLWALL fans.

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      • March 14, 2014 at 09:03
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        @Adsy77777: Adsy, remind me again how many FA cup finals Kenny got us in? and how many times we played in europe under kenny? as i recall, we were up there for the play off's, then theo decided not to back wisey, and pulled his money out. yes you are right, this is for MILLWALL fans, so best you get back to watch Dulwich son

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        • March 14, 2014 at 13:18
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          @Geoff the lion: Kenny got us to 2 Wembley finals, got us promoted, kept us in the division Geoff, son. The poison dwarf had inherited a good side from Stevens and McLeary, son, who by general opinion were harshly treated, only got the job cos he was pally with Theo, son. When the poison dwarf took over, Millwall were well placed for promotion, but we slid down the table after he was appointed. I went to every game of our cup final season and the draw was very kind to us. Kenny took us to a cup semi final at Wembley with out the good home grown talent we had in 2004. KJ's achievements far outshine what wise ever did. I don't like getting personal on here, but, son, if you are going to be patronising, best not to talk out of your a*** in the first place, son. Read the responses to your post, son.

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          • March 14, 2014 at 13:37
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            @Adsy77777: now now princess, all well and good chucking facts at me but we arent comparing apples with apples are we. getting to wembley and playing in the FA cup final arent exactly the same!! as for being pally with theo, clearly not as theo dumped on him like he did on us. the responses, looking pretty even to me, just goes to show we have people with different opinions, which in my book is good. makes for healthy debate. at the end of the day, its good to vent off, but we are all Millwall, no matter what. hope we are both smiling by the end of tomorrow. keep the faith and the comments coming, good to hear other peoples opinion. Miiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

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  • March 13, 2014 at 16:56
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    Reading between the lines it appears that JB is accepting the inevitable, nothing seems to have gone right this season, even his development plan has hit the buffers. I would not be surprised if sometime he will up and go. Leaving the day to day running of the club to the likes of Ambler is a disaster.
    Anyone got a solution?

    (reposted from above)

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    • March 13, 2014 at 20:30
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      @Peckhamlad: if JB was only here for the money peck, that'd be the most disappointing thing but as s*** as this position is at the moment (and it's not all bad) it's a great posi to really dig in and start the fight back. Staying up is an absolute must but whatever happens the next lot of money JB spends should be as stated by others in posts on this topic a complete review of every aspect of the club from the front door to the back door. Those entrusted to serve in any positions in the club need to understand that it comes with great responsibility and is not theirs to f*** up but to place in a better position for future employees ,board mems etc etc. on the flipside, there are thousands of supporters who need to be serviced and satisfied, that's not an easy task and that's the reason that great clubs establish great cultures and need to grow strong determined leaders on all levels.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 17:00
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    Micky, like i said to Syd, i dont mean to slate kenny, yes he did a lot for us, but just a reality check that he wasnt that good, by championship standards. if he wouldve stayed, we would be down this season regardless. Ollie may not be your choice, but in time he will turn things around. at least we are seeing the signs of tactics now! granted, they arent being carried out that well but surely the players have a lot to do with that! lets hope we are all happy on saturday after smashing the anoraks eh 🙂

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  • March 13, 2014 at 17:25
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    Lomas was the stand out candidate.
    Funniest thing I've heard in along time.

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    • March 13, 2014 at 17:42
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      @Jim28: That must be the big man up front ! FFS!

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  • March 13, 2014 at 17:39
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    The sting in the tail for JB is league 1 football lower gates less revenue and at least 5 years in the lower league
    Where will all this current players be when this happens with all there comments etc I tell you they won't be at Wall they will have jumped ship to mug some other club
    Oh to be a Wall supporter doesn't get any better lol

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  • March 13, 2014 at 17:43
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    The players have taken the p*** out of all of us this season with their dishonest performances. Keogh's twitter comments just about sums up the contempt they have for us. Sooner the saeson ends & we get rid of all the mugs the better.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 17:45
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    THANKA ALDO AA PLATTER REMOVING MY COOMMENT. GO WORK FOR PUTIN !

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    • March 13, 2014 at 17:48
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      @DiggerWall: WOUND ME UP SO MUCH CANT SPELL RIGHT!

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  • March 13, 2014 at 20:11
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    "Appointing Lomas would have been a mistake if there was another person out there who would have been clearly better, but there wasn't."

    I can sort of see what Berylson is getting at here. Others might be able to confirm this, but I distinctly recall Mike Calvin tweeting at the time that one (unnamed and unsuccessful) interviewee had asked for £20 million to spend on transfers! If what appeared on here was true (and I have no reason to believe that Alex would post things that aren't true), Steve Kean was the 2nd preference. So, Lomas might well have been the best on offer, but only among a motley bunch of chancers.

    "We didn't really do that last year - we didn't think things through."

    This, along with the infamous `I don't want anyone massively intellectual about tactics' quote, gets to the heart of this season's problems. I've commented on this before, but I think it needs repeating: the board don't seem to have any clear strategy when it comes to the first team. Instead, everything is dictated by the manager, which works fine when you have a someone relatively thoughtful like Jackett in charge, but leads to waste and chaos when you have someone blagging it like Lomas.

    A structure and strategy should have been in place before the new manager arrived. We should have had an idea of what we want to do in all areas - the profile of potential signings (ideally, young with room to improve), the size of the squad we want, the promotion of academy graduates to the first team - then pick a manager who fits in with us. I expected Berylson to have more sense, but he fell into the same trap as everyone else: sign a few more cheques and hope for the best.

    To give them their due, the board have restructured the youth academy and it looks in much better shape than any time in the previous 10 years. We desperately need them to do the same for the first team. Sadly, at the current rate, we'll be in League 1 before they get started. And the blame for that will lie with them, as much as with Lomas.

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  • March 13, 2014 at 20:57
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    I would like to thank the Chairman Mr John Berylson for all the positive things he's done for Millwall FC and the continued financial support he brings and spend at this club. He has done far far more than any other Chairman of the past and does far far more than any other Millwall supporter would contribute from his own pocket and wallets.

    JB is a man who has my utmost respect and gratitude as a Millwall supporter and I admire his honesty as he's a true gentleman.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 09:05
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      @Lion: couldnt have said it better myself Lion

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  • March 13, 2014 at 22:25
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    Best man for the job! Did lomas even apply for the position and im sure jb said everyone would be shocked at the quality of the applicants?? Even went to paris for interviews ffs and then we get lomas..f*****g shocking

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