Millwall need "saleable assets" to be self-sustainable – Ollie

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IAN Holloway wants Millwall to become self-sustainable in the transfer market.

The Lions boss plans to recruit young lower-league players who can be developed and then sold on at a higher price, with the profit being re-invested in the squad.

Holloway believes this will decrease the financial burden on chairman John Beryslon, who paid through the nose last season for expensive free transfers and loan signings.



NewsAtDen understands that Millwall are willing to fork out transfer fees for new signings this summer but will be spend less on wages as a result.

"You have to be self-sustainable," Holloway said.

"When I was at Bristol Rovers and QPR I managed to buy a lot of players and then sell them on, and that's what we have to do.



"You can't keep asking your owner for money all the time because people like Randy Lerner at Aston Villa get fed up with it. I want to help my chairman and make sure the club evolves.

"There's no reason why we can't evolve quickly and act like a bigger club.

"I have got a certain model that I work to. If there are four columns, and the last two age groups are 25 to 29 and 30-plus, we had far too many people in those columns.

"My 29-year-olds are going to be 30 by the time we come back for pre-season and we need pace and energy in the team.

"You need fresh enthusiasm as well as senior players, so we've got to get that balance right.

"We need to turn things around and work towards having sellable assets in the team so that it doesn't cost the chairman every time we need to invest in new players.

"I want to built this club correctly because I know that John will not move the goalposts and will stick with me whether we get promoted or not.

"I want him to enjoy watching his team because he loves his sport. Millwall supporters are in a privileged position because they've got a genuine fella who wants the club to succeed.

"I don't see why we cannot keep marching forward. John loves his players and wants to see them do well, which is a rare commodity these days."

Holloway insists that spending money is not the be all and end all of a successful team but says he is pleased with the budget given to him by the board.

"Because we got so many things wrong last year and the results were going wrong, John had to over-invest," Holloway said.

"But John is going to support me whatever happens which is great news.

"Money isn't that important because if you compare where QPR and Burnley finished in the league, what does that say about QPR?

"It's not about what you spend, it's how you spend it.

"There's no golden rule in football but there are some models you can work towards, which are mainly to do with recruitment.

"If you've got any sense, you can set things up so that the club moves forward."

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34 thoughts on “Millwall need "saleable assets" to be self-sustainable – Ollie

  • May 16, 2014 at 09:32
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    At last the message has got through, no more overpaid non producing Champagne Charlies but lean hungry pacey youngsters with something to prove. Bring it on.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 09:34
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    Spot on Ollie, 'the Future is Bright' Wasting money on over weight, old aged players, not good enough, only came to the den for the money, cannot say anymore.
    OLLIE is right, its just up to us supporters, to get down the den, show our support and voice. too excited about next season, but not going to get carried away. COYLIONSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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  • May 16, 2014 at 09:44
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    Sounds like millwall from the 70's and 80's when we got fair players turned em into good uns then sell em for peanuts

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    • May 16, 2014 at 12:12
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      @Jim28: Yes, Jim28, got it in one! As for the ref: about the Fans, Millwall fans who actually follow the team, have suffered enough and still do spend a lot of money. It's the ones who have all the chat and don't follow the team, they want to chase. ( in other words: Reward the TRUE FOLLOWERS ) .

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    • May 17, 2014 at 12:54
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      @Jim28: Could not have put it better myself jim, Good name that

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  • May 16, 2014 at 09:47
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    JB needs to stump up transfer fees first though (and I think he will now) Kenny tried to sign both Charlie Austin and Jordan Rhodes before their big money moves but both were outside our budgets (Jordan Rhodes was just £100k according to the book)

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    • May 16, 2014 at 10:49
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      @Steve: really? We wouldn't stretch to 100k to get Rhodes but spent 500k for Malone?

      That doesn't add up, I imagine him and Austin weren't interested in joining us.

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      • May 16, 2014 at 11:12
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        @MFC Lion: MFC I completely agree with you, Rhodes was a complete unknown playing for Ipswich as a youngster, while they had 0 money, Huddersfield gambled on him at around £400,000 + 25% sell on fee.... When Huddersfield sell him for instance £8mil, Ipswich would have earned almost £2.5mil from it!

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      • May 16, 2014 at 12:43
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        @MFC Lion: It was in Mike Calvins book. Kenny's had Rhodes on his list but found out he would have taken up the whole of his budget was was the 100K. Granted we were L1 then but so were Huddersfield who did stump up.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 09:48
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    Bet ya JB will be chuffed to hear that.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 09:56
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    We need two top quality strikers, a centre half, two new midfielders and cover in all positions.
    Given that we've released players, promoted juniors to the first team pool and await news on Garvan and Morison I'd day get a bloody move on and get these players in. As for Chaplow etc. time to say goodbye.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 10:52
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      @NICKOLA: spot on nickola, all fans go to watch there team win games without goal scorers can't be done, just hope ollie got two in mind.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 10:55
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    I agree completely with what Ollie is saying but surely this should have been club policy many years ago.

    It's f****** obvious, buy young players develop them, get good service from them and when big money offer comes in sell for profit. Reinvest money in club. Repeat above.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 10:55
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    The only problem with that is the club ends up selling its bets players and stands still. It did this in the past many times which is why Millwall could not progress into the top flight. When the club moved from the den fans were told the policy of selling our best players would end and we could build a squad good enough for the premiership. Just look at the number of Millwall players that ended up playing in the old firs division and premiership but at other clubs? I cannot remember all the names but John Fashanu, Tim Cahill, Steven Reid, Gordon Hill, Phill Babb, just spring to mind and I am sure a lot of the Lions historians out there can name a lot more. I am all for developing talent but not at the expense of Millwall's progress but to get us into the premiership at some stage.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:07
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      @Peckhamlad< Understand what you're saying but Millwall do not (as of today) have the infrastructure to compete at Premiership level. Maximum capacity of 20k which is reduced to circa 17k due to security concerns. Reputation. Small catchment area. The main issue for me however is that the club as a whole has been run in a very amateurish fashion for decades. The policy of bringing in players who we can develop is the only way we can move forward, rather than squandering huge amounts on signing on fees, agents fees, salaries etc. for these journeymen who, based on the season just ended, bring absolutely nothing to Millwall but just take. Looks like we've moved away from that philosophy and it's about bloody time.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:12
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      @Peckhamlad: it's unfortunate but bigger clubs will come in and offer wages we simply cannot come close to matching and higher league or European football.

      Just look at Southampton, great players they've developed including shaw and lallana who have helped get to them to 8th in the Prem from league 1 not that long ago.

      Now Liverpool and Man United look likely to get both of them but at least they're going to have to pay top money.

      Then the biggest clubs Real Madrid/Barca come along and poach the very best from them. It's just the way football is.

      Our club needs to maximise the money we get for our best players when clubs come sniffing around, for me that's where we have failed appallingly in the past selling on the cheap.

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      • May 16, 2014 at 11:27
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        @MFC Lion: I couldn't agree more, we have to get a core of players, with a mix of youth and senior players all playing together and the youth developing together... all playing the same football and understand eachother, play for eachother which us fans love to see down the Den!!

        If we sell one or 2 of these for a few million then we go again! with the more money we get in, the better the senior player we can have at the club and the better youth we have as well!

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:42
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      @Peckhamlad: totally agree with you , in the past we have been known as a feeder club & yes we can list many many players that have progressed & other teams have got the best from these players - so the question has to go back to the board where do we stand on selling players - for example come December we are 6th, 2 great strikers performing well , & looking good for promotion in the transfer market 2 premier clubs come for each of our strikers willing to pay several million , do we take the money to sacrifice promotion ?

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      • May 16, 2014 at 11:50
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        @Jingles: promotion wouldn't be guaranteed and Ollie & JB aren't stupid, they would weigh up all probabilities and wouldn't sell players without having replacements in mind.

        If they are on long term contracts then there is no problem keeping them until the summer to see whether we get promoted or not and then sell or keep depending on which division we are in!

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      • May 16, 2014 at 11:52
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        @Jingles: the board tell them to do one and we keep the strikers who fire us to Premiership!

        Well that's what should happen....

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      • May 16, 2014 at 11:55
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        @Jingles: I'd rather be in that position than the opposite side of the spectrum. Hulse and Tyson spring to mind.

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    • May 17, 2014 at 12:27
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      @Peckhamlad: Also Teddy Sheringham, Colin Cooper, Lucas Neil, Tony Warner, Kacey Keller, Alex Rae, Ben Thatcher, Andy Roberts, to name a few who moved on to Prem or Old Division 1.

      Maybe hes talking about fringe players.... Getting them in for 100k from conference and moving them on a year or so later for 500k to a league 1 side??? Tricky as sometimes Ollie likes to talk in riddles lol

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  • May 16, 2014 at 11:17
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    I don't think there's a single club in the entire league that can promise not to sell its best players at the moment, certainly none outside the top four because there's always someone who will pay more wages, whether it's Man City, Chelsea, Real Madrid or Barcelona. What we have to do is similar to Southampton who have an amazing conveyor belt of young talent which serves two purposes:
    1. Brings a certain level of success to the team
    2. Brings in revenue when they are sold (but only sold for huge sums) so that they are always in the market for good replacements
    Our trouble has always been selling them too cheap and not replacing them properly (Mark Falco in for Chris Armstrong springs to mind!) so hopefully IH plans to correct this which must be good news.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:37
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      @mervpayne: Agree 100% with that. What irks me though is the situation with the likes of Trotter and Feeney for example. If these players do not want to sign a new contract, then let's get rid of them for a 'fee' asap rather than end up getting nothing. It's apalling business by any standards.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 11:44
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      @mervpayne: The problem with Southampton is that they have a good season & have you noticed everyone wanting to raid there club now of all the good assetts, from manager downwards !!!!

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  • May 16, 2014 at 11:39
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    IH is spot on, bring in more youth on lesser wages who we can develop and sell for profit, with the lower wages we pay it means we can actually buy youngsters players for a few hundred thousand if need be!

    This is what Millwall has always been about, a community made up of youth players who are here for a good few years and leave and then sold on to development the team.... unfortunately this is the only thing which let Jackett down.... always wanted tried and trusted (if you can call Tyson, Hulse trusted!)

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    • May 16, 2014 at 12:00
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      @Bradders:blimey i find myself agreeing ...forget jackett hes mfc's past..its selling on players who make the grade..e.g in 3 years i wouldn't be to happy to see fred go ...

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  • May 16, 2014 at 13:09
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    The other thing to mention is while it is admirable to look at Southampton and say yea let's do it like them the problem is they have a large catchment area in which to scout the youth the reason we don't produce young players so much is because we have to compete with the likes of spurs,scum etc etc who are hoovering up the talent and we r left scraping the barrel for me the way forward is yes bring through what youth we can but we must be prepared to gamble on players from lower leagues as say Peterborough have done constantly unearthing gems and selling them on.So ollie if your reading this go and get Andre gray please mate.

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    • May 16, 2014 at 19:30
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      @Jim28: I agree with the consensus of opinion on this issue.

      However, imagine if we play our youngsters and they ain't up to the grade, we still lurch in the bottom three of the championship.

      How long before our support turns on them and demands better players.

      I mean come in there is not one person on this site who has not heard our own supporters slagging off our own players.

      Christ, I even remember our fans slagging sheringham off when he was young.

      How many would accept this club policy if it means we go down one or two divisions?

      Twill be interesting!

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    • May 17, 2014 at 20:16
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      @exiledlion: I don't know how long you have supported millwall but how does this list go posse weller evans nethercott,and even in jackets reign phil ifill,andros townsend harry kane,holloways reign fredericks all ex or current spurs scum that played for us what other club has been as generous please inform me?

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  • May 16, 2014 at 15:25
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    A good youth policy has to be the way forward. And when a club produces good young talent, that inevitably leads to other promising youngsters wanting to sign for that club. Although the premiership will cream the best, there still can be rich pickings if the youth policy is seen to be working and successful.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 16:59
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    Been saying the same thing for years, got to get the balance right between youth and experience.
    I'm not convinced that Harford is the best man for the chief scouts' job but I do hope he can pull his finger out and find some rough diamonds out there this summer.

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  • May 16, 2014 at 18:15
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    Now call me an old sceptic if you like, but didn't it come out that when Ollie was at Blackpool he cut a deal that he got a percentage of any profit the club made on a player when he got transfered.......

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  • May 16, 2014 at 19:15
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    Top man.

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