Lowry deal would have been unworkable, says Millwall boss

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IAN Holloway has explained why he released popular defender Shane Lowry.

Millwall announced last week that the Australian centre back will leave the club this summer when his contract expires.

And Holloway says he could not justify offering Lowry, 24, a new deal when he had not been selected in the final seven games of last season.



"I couldn't see us coming up with a deal that would satisfy him," Holloway said.

"That would have been tough. If I'm not picking him or using him as a sub, he won't develop that way. He's a great kid and he'll get a really good club.

"With the emergence of Alan Dunne and Mark Beevers, things have evolved.



"Shane and his agent wanted to let his contract run out and I wish him all the very best. He's a great lad, a good player and he'll do a brilliant job for somebody else.

"When we are as tight as we are with the squad that we've got, I've got to be really selective about who I keep.

"When you don't use someone for seven games, it's very difficult to say that you need them."

NewsAtDen understands that Lowry, who is one of the Lions' top earners, rejected the offer of a one-year extension on his existing terms under ex-boss Steve Lomas.

"It was to do with what his [financial] expectations are going to be – he played for Aston Villa after all," Holloway added.

"When people like that run out of contract, I'm going to struggle to live with that. It will be interesting to see what happens to him but he's got a good future ahead of him.

"I'd like to thank Shane for how he accepted what has happened to him in the end. I will recommend him highly to someone."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

49 thoughts on “Lowry deal would have been unworkable, says Millwall boss

  • May 14, 2014 at 08:05
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    Bet you a tenner a Mr. Kenny Jackett will be chasing his signature... Gutted to see Shane leave but can't knock IH's decision, end of the day he was a high earner and wasn't even getting in the team. I always thought he would one day become our club captain and show the Wall way.

    Charlton away will always live large in my memory Shane and all the best for the future!

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    • May 14, 2014 at 15:17
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      @Omer Ronayne: STEPHEN SUTTON - ( RIP ) on behalf of all MILLWALL FANS, may we the Bushwackers14 say WELL DONE in your short life . You will not be forgotten . We are all saddened!

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      • May 14, 2014 at 23:11
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        @BUSHWACKER14: not much more i can say mate...stephen sutton rest well

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      • May 15, 2014 at 11:37
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        @BUSHWACKER14: I KNOW I SAID I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN AUGUST 2014, BUT I JUST HAD TO COME ON AND SAY THAT, YES, STEPHEN SUTTON WAS A
        VERY SPECIAL YOUNG MAN, WHO WAS NOT SCARED TO MOVE - ON !!!!!
        WELL DONE , " SIR " ........ [ WHICH IS WHAT YOU SHOULD BE !!!! ].
        ENJOY YOU TIME NOW IN A NEW AND BETTER WORLD.
        STORMIN' NORMAN......................

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  • May 14, 2014 at 08:33
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    We didn't miss him much at the end did we?
    As for the Hoff, well anyone who saw that sitter he missed vs Bournemouth, will have a huge problem in envisaging him in the Premier league. To the both of them I say, ciao.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 08:46
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    Cant argue with that.
    Personally i liked him and thought he'd end up being a very good c.h but KJ playing him as a l.b probably delayed his development in that position, ironically i wouldnt be surprised to see him at wolves next season as a c.h.
    Good luck shane and thanks for your service.
    Definately has a bright future.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 08:56
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    Seems like Ollie wants his players in though saying Dunne & Beevers are ahead of him must knock his confidence now!!
    Would never have thought that beginning of season.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 09:15
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    He won't be missed, a liability imo , gave away too many set pieces and his frequent dismissals always put pressure on his team mates. Has potential if he can dicipline himself, and yes great memories of the wonder goal at the sidings!

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  • May 14, 2014 at 09:16
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    Does this mean Dunne and Beevers start the 2014/15 season as our centre back pairing ?
    As for Lowry, letting his contract run down and trying to hold the club to ransom proves he's a money grabber and not interested in MFC, so I say good riddance and hope it comes back to bite you!!!!

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  • May 14, 2014 at 09:28
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    I guess the 1 thing that's becoming quite clear is "don't f*** with ian holloway" , he,l let you know with brute honesty about you're ability and value in this club. It's really aggravating that money plays such a role in everything these days and to a point it's understandable but if u,r a player and ya gunna roll the dice, make sure u,r up to it cause this man will f*** you off out the door. Good on you ian for setting the guidelines and laying down the law, it,l ensure a rock solid foundation for where we are going in the future. I'm p***** cause Lowry is an aussie and I'd love to see an aussie make a massive contribution in this team but Shane, like the hoff and others, you make ya bed and you get to lie in it!!! Team first always!!!!

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    • May 14, 2014 at 10:41
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      @grassgrower: fair point does that apply to Forde and the other mercenary Morrison who could wait to leave for more money last time around by the way how ate the Deamons doing

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      • May 14, 2014 at 10:58
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        @markbrowns: how ya goin mate, ya hope the boys would stay and form a really good squad, you can't blame them if good offers come but it's just frustrating. Loyalty to me is everything, but I understand that footy is a huge industry and lots goes on. The person who pays their hard earned and sits in the rain n snow lives and dies for their club as their old man or old lady did before them and so on, it matters to those people and after all they are the club! Anyway, the Melbourne demons are rebuilding and got former swans coach Paul roos this year, they are in good hands and have won a few games but sit near the bottom of ladder at the moment. Cheers mate.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 10:25
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    Good luck to Lowry, liked him at CB, always put in a shift and played for the shirt.You cant justify not offering Lowry a new deal and then retain players like Wright, Hoyte, Bassone and (dare i say) Jimmy. I appreciate that some of them might still be in contract but this winds me up.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 10:44
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      @Windy: That's the problem. The llikes of Wright etc are still under contract. That doesn't mean we can't sell them and possibly their names have been out out there, but we can't afford to tear up contracts because we'd have to pay them up and who'd want to come to us if we do that to contracted players? The new mission seems to be promoting the junior players to the senior squad and I'm all for that. The real issue though, is making the mistake that our current squad and the last seven games they played will be deemed good enough come August. That would be a grave error because it's not strong enough by a long way.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 10:28
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    Unfortunately - I suspect it just comes down to money - and maybe his tendency to like a booking.
    I do not think that Dunney is a better bet at centre half than SL - albeit that he did well in the last few games - but he is not the central defence answer we need and nor is Beevers.
    IH left Dunney out for a long time - then all of a sudden he is our saviour?
    I am worried that there seems to be a flavour of "the squad is OK" - and sticking with what we have got in some instances - again because they are cheap.
    The last two seasons league tables speak for themselves - we are not good enough at the moment and need some changes - that will without doubt cost more money.
    BUT do we have it to spend - or do we not want to spend it?

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  • May 14, 2014 at 10:54
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    Personally I found Shane too aggressive when a calm attitude was needed. Always seconds away from a card or conceding a pen. or free kick in a dangerous area. As for the Hof and his premier league ambitions, not a chance! Ollie can always get another big lad in if he needs to, no problem. In Ollie We Trust.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 11:42
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    I'm over Lowry going already. He was a liability! Couldn't tackle and had a worse disiplinary record than Dunne despite being at the club for fewer seasons. I couldn't understand why people liked him, he was always letting the players down! Perhaps a few bone headed supporters who like to see footballers kick each other did. (Like him)

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  • May 14, 2014 at 11:46
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    Could it be that Ollie has been told to trim the wage bill before going for a desperately needed goalscorer ?

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  • May 14, 2014 at 11:57
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    My worry is that we only now have Robinson and Shittu as reserve centre backs. Perhaps next season we will see the emergence of Jake Goodman?

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    • May 14, 2014 at 12:05
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      @denslions: Both of those are a concern for me. Shittu is not good enough. No positional sense or pace. Robinson is Millwall through and through but even he would have to admit that this will be his last season at this level.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 23:01
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      @denslions: Do hope so no good the kid sitting in the stands let him have some playing time to show us what he can do !

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:12
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    Lowry has been a disappointment for me. Big wages, slow and awkward at left back, too small and weak at CB. Too many red cards as well. Let him go to Brentford or Orient. Have to say though that if IH thinks Dunne is the long term solution at CB he is mistaken. He will get found out next season big time. Really do need a new CB.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:39
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    Towards the end he seemed to get worse, like he lost he's confidence.

    Good luck to him though.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:44
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    Best O'luck Shane for the future. I'm sure you'll loose that clumsiness in time, your not a bad footballer really, just clumsy

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  • May 14, 2014 at 12:57
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    Lowry going, now that will save some money on public liability insurance

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    • May 14, 2014 at 14:00
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      Its very easy & convienent to blame the players..the main blame should be laid at platini's door .f****** fair play your having a right bubble..wage thiefs at mfc is AA.and his mates..

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  • May 14, 2014 at 14:16
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    Beevers - Reasonable
    Dunne - Average
    Shittu - Poor
    Robinson - Worse

    Dunne isn't good enough despite the adrenalin provoked form he found for the last few games. If, as it appears Holloway wants to play any kind of footbal from the back Shittu or Robinson can't be included so I can only think he's got a centre half in mind.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 14:44
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      @Tel: you spot on with that four, we need cb's big time if not same problem next season me think.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 14:42
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    I always liked him ,I would have give him another year as back up .

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  • May 14, 2014 at 14:46
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    Lowry may well go on to success at another club, but the truth is, pandering to players like this, or going out on a limb to keep them is what gets us in a mess and causes the sort of dressing room unrest that almost sent us down last season.
    IH has already said he's going to strengthen the defence and attack, so let's not get too judgemental of the current players as if they're going to be all we've got for next season.
    Hopefully, Lowry's place will be filled by a hungry, young, up-and-coming player along the lines of Williams or Upson, or a good, experienced pro like Edwards who wants to play and is not totally driven by money. These seem to be the type of player that IH wants and is good at identifying. We need a team, not a bunch of individuals.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 14:51
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    I think this partnership with Prostrate cancer is a load of b******s. It was Lomas with another of his cock and bull stories that gets you into that position. He could see men practicing and should have known which ones had the balls and those that simply pulled out. His signings were poor and simply dangled about unless there was a clear opening to score. It was a test ‘til a cause that we were going down. How could you come again watching this? We were kna****d and the ones on top knew it but still spurted out garbage. Glad they had the sense finally to see it coming and changed things around and with IH pushed us up the table. The rhythm was back and smart in and out passing was a times breath-taking. I like it to happen all over again but too many times may have an effect on my heart!

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  • May 14, 2014 at 16:07
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    Ollie keeps saying he wants to build millwall into a big club then lets a 24 year old leave & keeps shittu blinding

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    • May 14, 2014 at 16:21
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      He can't show Shittu the door he is still under contract and anyway Lowry didnt want to stay, if he did he would have extended his contract when he had a chance too...Best Rid

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      • May 14, 2014 at 18:21
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        @horseworrier: lowry wasn't given the chance of contract talks ..he was just told cheerio...in the mean time we got shittu,& robbo with their carers ..does anybody know out of the shower olly calls a squad who's on got a deal & how long are they....leave a list below

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        • May 15, 2014 at 12:46
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          @Jim28: As it says Lowry was offered an extension under Lomas but didn't want it so that says it all for me. I think we can find better as I do believe we need younger players than Dunne, Shittu and Robinson as our CB's.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 16:34
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    I don't know how many times I have read on here " GET rid of the WAGE THIEVES. " well Ollie just did. But still some are not happy. So you are f***** if you do and f***** if you don't.... BRILLIANT

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  • May 14, 2014 at 18:14
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    The emergence of dunne ! Next season looking interesting already

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  • May 14, 2014 at 18:22
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    The link to the old 'ten feet tall' story under this is priceless.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 19:31
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    Unfortunately our home record is crap. One of the reasons for this is ih has no confidence in the defence we need a good ball playing cb then you can start to play a more attacking formation.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 21:14
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    Is it just me or does it seems like nobody at this club has any business sense whatsoever??
    Why do we never get anything near what we deserve in transfer fees.

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  • May 14, 2014 at 21:17
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    Dunne at CB is not the answer. He had a good spell towards the end of the season but him and Beevers does not fill me with confidence for next season.

    Use the wages saved on Lowry and get a new CB as keeping the goals conceded respectable will go a long way towards not being at the wrong end of the table again.

    If Holloway can find a 20 goal striker as well that would also help!

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    • May 14, 2014 at 22:17
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      @MFC Lion: What mervpayne said earlier on this thread makes sense. Lets wait and see who we end up signing and not base our comments on the current squad. I am sure that IH is aware of the positions that need strengthening. I for one will be much more critical if that hasn't happened before the start of the new season.

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    • May 14, 2014 at 23:59
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      @MFC Lion: we could have Grabban back for £3m : http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27418274

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        • May 16, 2014 at 10:48
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          @beedoscores: Just to be clear, I wasn't suggesting we buy him. It was more a comment on a player we let go for free and our management at the time didn't rate. I seem to remember Jackett slating him for his attitude in the Calvin book.

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    • May 15, 2014 at 00:08
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      @MFC Lion: if its a goalscorer your looking for check out Sam Baldock age 25 has scored 77 goals in 6 seasons for bristol city..they spent most ofthe time low down ..he still managed 19 goals..

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  • May 15, 2014 at 07:43
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    Brighton release kuzkack any one think a bid could be made

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