Millwall manager searching for right ingredients up front

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© Edmund Boyden

IAN Holloway is hoping the arrival of striker Stefan Maierhofer on a short-term deal until the end of the season will give him the "right ingredients" up front.

The Lions have completed the signing of the 31-year-old  former Austrian international and he could feature in the south London derby against Charlton tomorrow.

Maierhofer, who has been without a club since leaving German second-division side FC Koln at the end of last season, is 6ft8in tall and trained with Millwall on Thursday.



However, Holloway revealed this morning that the Lions are waiting to receive Maierhofer's international clearance ahead of the Addicks' visit to The Den.

"I don't really know whether we'll be able to get him in time," he said. "Any delay won't be because of the paperwork at our end. We've got to chivvy the Germans.

"We need a big one and you don't get much bigger than that. Aerially we are caught between two stalls at the moment, and in every successful team I've had, I've had some big ones.



"When you go 1-0 down and teams go deep against you, which is happening at the moment, you ned a tall striker to threaten their back four.

"If they are bigger than you, and can head the ball out, how can you get round the back of them? There's no space. You have to be able to knock things down and keep it in the box.

"We did not have the right ingredients against Blackpool. If I am trying to bake a cake and I need some raisins to go in it but I haven't got any, I go out and buy some."

Holloway sought a recommendation from Mick McCarthy before snapping up Maierhofer, the Ipswich Town boss having signed the striker for Wolves in 2009.

"Stefan has not played in quite a while but we have had a chance to look at him and I have spoken to Mick about him, and all day long he's putting thumbs up for him," Holloway said.

"It is all about us really and him fitting into what I want. I have called John Marquis back, I liked him anyway and I wanted to get him some experience.

"The boy chases and runs but he's not a Maierhofer, he's more of a battering ram than a big thing that can flick something. It's all about getting the right options.

"As a coach you need to be able to change your team and adjust your tactics. At the moment I'm a little bit hamstrung.

"Steve Morison is very important to us but we need to get him somebody else who can help, and it can't really be Mark Beevers up front, can it?"

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50 thoughts on “Millwall manager searching for right ingredients up front

  • March 14, 2014 at 12:01
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    OH DEAR!!! seems like another panic buy to join the long list of useless mugs we already have. youtube this man, it's worrying!!!

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:37
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      @steveomfc5: Steveo, how long do you before he has the full set of mugs for his kitchen, there is some worrying signs that he is showing or is it as you have mentioned panic. Is he going to be as fit as others he has brought into the club, if he has not played for the best part of 9 months do we have the time to see if can do a job before the season ends.

      Still I will reserve judgement and if he starts or comes on tomorrow until maybe after Birmingham game on Tuesday, but going by his recent loan forwards I dod not fell confident.

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      • March 14, 2014 at 13:08
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        @Barnlion: same. i know we technically didn't buy him now. but even still wages that could of in my opinion be better spent elsewhere! i hope im wrong and i hope he does well for us i really do. but i just can't see it happening. worrying times for us as a club anything less than 3 points 2moro will be the straw that broke the camels back.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 14:36
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      @steveomfc5: Just watched that video of Tiny Tim on you tube, and he scored a lot of good goal as well as good assists. ( play him Saturday ) it just what we need! ( also that photo of Ollie at the top, is he getting the fans to sing in TUNE ) .

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:01
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    Long ball game here we come wimbledon mk 11, ffs theirs gotta be a better option out there, lose to the anoraks & were down no doubt in that.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:05
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    Talking of going 1-0 down.That usually means another defeat.It just smells of desperation.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:08
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    The man is a complete idiot - his stupid talk embarrassing. "We did not have the right ingredients against Blackpool. If I am trying to bake a cake and I need some raisins to go in it but I haven't got any, I go out and buy some." So you go and an un-contracted ex german league 2 player cos he is tall FFS. No other word for him, and i'm sorry. the man is a C***

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:10
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    Baking a cake and need some raisins?
    This guy's hardly the icing on the top that's for sure.
    What a line-up. McDonald-who's gone to find himself, Morison with a dodgy neck. Marquis and now this one.
    Sherringham/Cascarino, Sadlier/Harris, Possee/Weller where art thou now ?

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:13
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      @NICKOLA: all gone with ROMEO sad'ly

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    • March 14, 2014 at 20:36
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      @NICKOLA: I thought I saw the lot of them sitting in court all behind Oscar pistedyourlifeaway

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:10
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    It was Kenny Jacket who recomended Ian holloway,and lot's of fan's said "well done kj you are an even bigger legend now".
    well big mick has put forward this big lump,doe's that make mick a legend now.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:19
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      @jim1222: Well that was 5 yrs ago. There's a slight chance here I suppose that he might have even been fit at that time.
      McCarthy knows a piece of s*** when he sees one, he took lessons from Redknapp.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:16
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    Well we need some goals from somewhere as they are not coming from what we have, so give Lurch/Stretch/Freak a chance.
    Just hope i don't have a neck injury after tomorrow from looking up at the ball... from the top tier !!!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:17
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    Heaven Knows ? If he is what we want, then why have they left the paper - work so late? Beats me, what a Snails - pace we seem to move at! Hope he plays, cause the ones we already have, just don't have it.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:18
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    And if this big lump bags a goal tomorrow (if he plays) then all the doom and gloomers will sing his praises. Lets hope Herman Munster gets on the score sheet.

    COYL!!!!

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:21
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      @mfc1rob: If this big lump plays tomorrow and scores we shall all be in SHOCK.
      And it would make him leading goalscorer !!!!!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:21
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    if this long steak of p*** scores the winner he can have a blow job of my mrs, If she declines, f*** it, i'll do it

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:24
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      @millwall-loyal82: This player has about as much chance of getting the winner tomorrow as I have of getting a w*** of Beyonce tomorrow night.

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      • March 14, 2014 at 20:39
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        @NICKOLA: why not wait around and get a second w**k off bey.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:21
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    Why do we keep signing players who are not match fit? Jackson... Campbell... And now Tiny!

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:27
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      @Kennyp: It`s what we do !

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:56
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      @Kennyp: Well kenny he has an excuse about his fittness, as he has not played for about 9 months and he said Ollie that if he knew that he was coming in for him he would have baked a cake.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:25
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    Bessone and Maierhofer - really is that what he thinks can save our season!!! please someone wake me up from this nightmare! Give Chris Wood a call, Harry kane, Zamora would pop down the road he isnt playing

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:28
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    Ha don't know what is up with people, think IH comes out with some corkers that give a bit of humour to a s*** situation and prefer to read an upfront comment as oppose to some BS cliche... Really don't know what all the fuss is about, people need to stop expecting miracles and be realistic. IH has improved a team that was in free fall getting spanked by more than 3 goals on a weekly basis. We now have a side that is competing, playing some decent stuff but missing out marginally as we are struggling for goals. So he has come up with a solution to teams who park the bus Brighton, Blackpool and took a risk on big German who might create knock downs and space for others to feed off.... I expect to see this German lad to be used as an impact player for when our backs are to the wall and let's not kid ourselves people we weren't gonna sign Suarez??? Some fans need to get a grip!!!

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:57
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      @davesavagesleftfoot: He hasn't played for 9 months. How long do you think his cameo role will be for ? I'm going for 3 minutes myself.

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      • March 14, 2014 at 13:30
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        @NICKOLA: If I'm honest I think his match fitness will be irrelevant especially if he is going to be used as an impact target man type player coming on in the final quarter of games when opposition players will have already run about for 70 mins... Don't get me wrong I'm not saying this is an inspirating signing but if we are realistic options are limited and think people are missing a point, IH wanted a particular type of player to add a tactically dimension when things ain't going our way. People also need to appreciate that although without a club this lad has been blooded at a decent level and most recently in the German second tier which is a very decent standard and just as competitive league as our championship, plus his last club are league leaders and promotion favourites.... It's not like we've signed some chump from Welling United?

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          • March 14, 2014 at 16:18
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            @NICKOLA: Maybe but we'll see. Agree would have liked to have seen someone fresher but afer the amount the chairman has financed was always going to be unlikely and just hoping that IH knows what he's doing... If he creates a couple and scores a couple between now and the end of the season then everyone happy?!

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      • March 14, 2014 at 20:44
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        @NICKOLA: nick you mention 3 minutes is that how long you would last in beys hands

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      • March 14, 2014 at 13:49
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        @robsep2b: played in the German league most recently tho , apologise my oversight. Here is some footage of a few more positive things he can do, hopefully he can do the same for us?

        http://youtu.be/nJ-kLBrMGpU

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        • March 14, 2014 at 21:00
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          To be fair he can score a goal by the looks of it, but, everyone of them goals came from a quality cross which is def something we lack in... Can see him getting bored waiting for one of them to come in. Feeny gone, Henry gone, Chris Taylor (quality)gone, waghorn gone... Poor old Martin it's down to you

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:32
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    Now sitting here laughing to myself, sorry IH you should really lay off the home grown!!
    trying to be so positive about tomorrows game but there is this little voice in my head that pops up every Saturday, please little voice be wrong!!!!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 12:46
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    Lighten up a bit all you lot do is f****** moan! At least we have signed someone and he might come good so give him a chance

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    • March 14, 2014 at 12:56
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      @benzo: leave off mate atleast we signed someone!!?? We signed 20 players this season an there all pony.i dont think this fellas goin to make any difference to our survival hopes whatsoever

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        • March 14, 2014 at 17:55
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          @MFC Lion: tbh mate I do try see the positives but sometimes reality hits home! I was expecting big things from jackson n Campbell n nothing! So let's hope this time it's the other way round!! N he's a hero;-)

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:04
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    The guy is no better than your average league two player. See the link from my previous post which shows him when he WAS playing! The standard of football is atrocious. He can't head the ball and that's saying something at 6ft 8 or whatever, he's got the touch of a rapist and he will not be match fit!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYE1BwMVP40

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    • March 14, 2014 at 13:50
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      @ChrisT: You really couldn't make this stuff up. If it was April the 1st I would say "good one got me going there" but unfortunately it's not.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:04
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    WTF......Millwall FC is turning into a retirement home.
    Ollie, I think Mick 'Big Nose' McCarthy is pulling your chain son.
    You'd probably have more luck sticking 'Zampa the Lion' up front!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:08
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    I reckon he'll nick about 8-10 goals and save our skins. Mark my words! Haha. Bods need to calm down on here, it's obvious that us fans are far too impatient to appreciate the passing game. Look how much we achieved under Jackett with his tactics. The long ball game suits us massively, let's just stick to it and hope to get as far as Stoke have with it.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:25
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYE1BwMVP40
    Noooo, this reminds me of Bob Peeters. Sorry to my Belgian friends, but I never saw a lazier player who was inexplicably out-jumped for headers by men several inches shorter. Hope I'm wrong.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 14:10
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      @SE14: holy s****, what did i just watch. terrible

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:26
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    funny thing is wr aint even blessed with wingers to cross the ball to this lump. hope he bags a hatrick tomorrow

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:36
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    Well he's certainly got NUTS for his cake already. Let's hope he's using self raising, we need it!!!!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 13:40
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    To the doom and gloomers, the end is nigh to you lot and shut up till after the game. To the MILLWALL supporters get ready to roar and back the manager and the team. Lets all be one family and show the trainspotters and the gloomers and doomers that WE ARE MILLWALL!

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  • March 14, 2014 at 14:02
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    Soor folks but this signing has to be a joke. Does IH really know what he is doing?

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  • March 14, 2014 at 14:15
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    Just seen a video of him he can finish,he can win balls in the air,he also know's when to pass to a better placed team mate so who know's what he can offer.

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  • March 14, 2014 at 15:17
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    Ok maybe his not what we all want but lets get behind the boys its a big game tomorrow and we can win it so COYL

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  • March 14, 2014 at 16:14
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    Bring back Bas Savage , all is forgiven !

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