Holloway yet to make decision on Shittu's Millwall future

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

IAN Holloway has yet to decide whether Danny Shittu features in his plans for next season.

Shittu did not travel to Portugal for a training camp last week and Holloway says the defender, who has just returned from an Achilles injury, needs to improve his fitness.

Millwall captain Paul Robinson has already been told he is free to find a new club this summer and Shittu could yet come into the same category.

"Danny isn't fit enough yet for me to have that conversation," Holloway said.

"I'll have to wait and see where Danny is. I don't think he could go to another club yet because he's got to get fitter.

"He has put on two percent body fat during his injury and we've got to get that off him. I knew that would be a problem for him the minute he got injured."

Robinson admitted earlier this week that he is willing to consider a move away from The Den.

Holloway added: "It's never an easy decision to make but when you look at it, Paul is not the long-term future of our club and he knows that – and Danny knows that now.

"They are both absolute stalwarts and just by standing there they show what Millwall is about.

"I treat with people respect and Paul called me two days after the end of last season, so I was honest with him.

"We're trying to facilitate him getting a longer contract somewhere else because next year he won't be getting one here on the terms that he's on.

"Paul won't want to go backwards so if he can go and get some more games, I'll look at that.

"The honesty of our situation – both from him and from me – is really important.

"You very rarely get a servant like that in football and I think he's still got a few years left in him at another club. If I can help him and somebody else, I'll do that.

"If nobody comes in and Paul is fighting to get back in my team, that's not a problem either and I think he understands that too.

"The injury that he had a couple of years ago really didn't help him but he's now getting back to where he was before, and now all he needs is some games.

"I'm sure he didn't appreciate not playing last season or me moving Alan Dunne to his position ahead of him, but I appreciate the person he is and how he has accepted things.

"He's still showing every day that he's got the right attitude."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

52 thoughts on “Holloway yet to make decision on Shittu's Millwall future

  • July 11, 2014 at 10:52
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    Cos that's what we do!!!!
    The IH revolution continues!

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  • July 11, 2014 at 10:55
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    With all respect for Shittu then I think his time is up. He came back brilliantly and did a very good under Kenny Jackett, but with IH in charge I don't see him fitting the bill anymore.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 10:57
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      I agree past his best, takes to long to get fit enough to play.

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      • July 11, 2014 at 12:18
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        @raylondon66: Shittu seems to be gaining weight every Summer, unless he gets rid of that he can't really claim a place in our first 11. Beevers, Webster, Dunne, Goodman are gonna hold those places.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 10:59
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    IF Danny and Paul are not the long term future of our club then why are we looking at Zamora and the likes of (yikes) we want young blood who will be here for the future and moulded into MILLWALL players....

    IOIT

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    • July 11, 2014 at 11:43
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      @MIGHTY: IH has said we are not looking at zamora.

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      • July 11, 2014 at 12:20
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        @jim1222: Bailey, Dunne, Forde are the hard core of this squad, plus our coaching staff. The players will find out PDQ what is expected.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 12:24
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      @MIGHTY: Different positions. We have plenty of cover in center defence, but still nothing up front

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      • July 11, 2014 at 13:05
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        @Steve: why not play shittu up front, cross it all the time, get 10 goals every game, and winn the league with a 46-0-0 record?

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        • July 11, 2014 at 13:59
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          @mfclions: mfc your are very clever, you can operate your computer whilst you are asleep. LOL

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      • July 11, 2014 at 20:41
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        @Steve: give Danny a big pot of blue paint and stick him up on the roofs of our stands to get rid of those rusting girders , he might drop a dress size as well , everyone's a winner !

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:01
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    As hard as it is for me to say I think Ollie is bang on, Robbo has been a legend and Shittu has been a monster at the back but the future of the club needs to be younger players who are going to be around for years growing together as team.

    The problem I see with this is the lack of leaders in the club and in the dressing room for games!!

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    • July 11, 2014 at 11:45
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      @Bradders: I have a feeling webster could fit the bill as a leader

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      • July 11, 2014 at 11:59
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        @jim1222: He might be, but what clout would he have just walking into a dressing room and giving the team a big motivational speech when he has only been around for 5 minutes!?!

        Need big personalities in a dressing room to back up a manager! Especially the younger ones need the old guard who have been around the block, been there done that type player to take advice from and listen to....

        If both Robbo & Shittu leave then we are left a little bare at the back, Webster, Beevers, Goodman and Dunne.

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        • July 11, 2014 at 12:21
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          @Bradders:leaders stand out from the first day, if he's genuine he will establish himself before the season kicks off.

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          • July 11, 2014 at 12:25
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            @glyngo: Mate c'mon, are you saying if you got a new job and walked in on your 1st day and told people what to do they would be happy??

            I do agree with you but not everyone sees it the same way! For instance if we signed a PL centre back who was the same age as the player we signed from league 1, who would get more respect??

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        • July 11, 2014 at 14:02
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          @Bradders: If you fit the bill then 5 minutes is long enough. You don't get a second chance to make a first impression!

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          • July 12, 2014 at 10:59
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            @Chipplefuddywick: I agree, it's not a case of walking in and pointing the finger of blame, you know when you are in the company of a boss. Bet Rhino, Roy Keane or Terry Hurlock never had to say a great deal at the early stage of their careers before they got respect.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:01
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    Although it's sad, especially with regards to Robbo, but Time and tide waits for no man! Eventually every sportsman in the world will be in the same boat as Robbo and Shittu are in now!

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    • July 11, 2014 at 14:04
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      @J-One: Have to sit the opposite end of the boat because Shittu's end is going under!

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:03
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    I think especially Shittu has still a lot to offer

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    • July 11, 2014 at 11:59
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      @seanmfc: I think its time for shittu to move on,he was one of the main reasons for our poor start to last season,came into the season like an over blown whale,he was blowing out his backside after 30 mins,couldn't or would not jump to defend set pieces and corners,i still have not forgotten or forgiven that very unprofessional attitude of last season.

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      • July 11, 2014 at 12:01
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        @jim1222: At the end of the season before Shittu got injured he looked good and was playing well, put his body on the line and won us some valuable points when teamed up with Beevers!

        He could still do the job, be more inclined to keep him because losing 2 captains at the same time could be devastating!

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      • July 11, 2014 at 13:12
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        @jim1222: that was 100% down to lomas. he wasn't confident in aerial battles, he didn't go in for challenges, he was miss-timing headers. shittu had his own game and ginge must have been giving him different orders, maybe to stay on his feet at all times and not give away any free kicks or something. i dont know. but as soon as we kicked the c*** away, he looked 1000000x better. he was winning headers, heading the ball miles down th pitch and nearly broke a fat midget against ipswich. I do not want to see him go yet.

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        • July 11, 2014 at 14:11
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          @mfclions:Sorry you cant blame Lomas for every thing,he did not start to look better untill IH and JB gave the whole team a kick up the back side.
          Do you honestly believe any manager would tell his CBs not to jump at corner,s and set pieces.
          Plus if we want to challenge for promotion or play off places then we will need more pace from our CBs,heading the ball miles up the pitch when you are under pressure is good,but hardly ever did his clearances go to one of our players,i can remember only two occasions when he brought the ball out of defence.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:14
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    I'm not sure, interesting times!!

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:30
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    Robbo as been a good servant but he's time is up now , he always looked good to give penaltys away many a time my heart missed a beat with him in that penalty area. Shittu also good when it mattred Be good players at league one clubs good luck to them both .

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:41
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    If IH was planning to move Robbo on and, serious doubts over shittu and his knee problems, i dont get why he released Lowry. He would have been good competition for Beevers.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 11:53
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      @wonky thicklips: IH said that lowry and millwall was not going to work it may have been a non football matter is the reason IH let lowry go.
      Remember there was a lot of bad attitude at the beginning of last season,perhaps that had some thing to do with it,also lowry's disapline on the pitch was not that good.
      Look how he got himself sent off against sheff wed i still think that cost us the win in that game.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 11:56
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    Hi all, newbie here so go easy! 🙂

    Not surprised about Danny, barring a few dodgy games where he has been caught out with pace he has been a man mountain for us and he would be missed. Perhaps its time to move on, could still do a great job in the lower leagues. I think now is the time for Bailey to step up to the plate and lead the side, he was instrumental to our survival when he came back from injury at the end of last season , a good player, great talker and organiser. In Ollie we trust ..COYL! 🙂

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    • July 11, 2014 at 12:05
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      @Jimbobwallmk: Great 1st post mate!

      The only issue I would have is only having 1 or 2 real leaders in the squad (Bailey & Dunne) and not having others who can step up like Shittu! His & Robbo's wages would save us a bomb each week and could get us a few very good attacking players with the money we save.

      Happy to go with whatever Ollie chooses to do as he has made the right choices in my mind so far!

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    • July 11, 2014 at 12:55
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      @Jimbobwallmk: I agree it is a good first post. However - do yourself a favour and drop this smiley faces - this is Millwall afterall!

      Robbo and Shittu leaving is a very clear sign that IH has a plan to get us playing football rather than rely on blood and thunder. If it works we will all be pleased ...if it doesn't then to be honest it can't be any worse than the last three years.

      As for leaders I think someone has already said we have Dunne, Bailey, Forde and a decent backroom team. We have what we need on that front but any more help will of course be welcome. That said, player power was one of the reasons we were so shockingly bad under Lomas - so be careful what you wish for!

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      • July 11, 2014 at 14:15
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        @tallchap18: Spot on with this post,even IH said that many of the players had a lot to answer for as far as Lomas was concerned.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 13:21
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    Shittu & Lowry were still our best central defensive pairing last season but that says a lot about how poor we were .
    I still feel we're better with him on the pitch & as yet not seen a good enough replacement so we'll see what IH does next season.
    I expect a Williams/Webster central defence though.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 13:41
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    Can anyone tell me the name of the road where dartfords ground is? I fancy going tuesday cheers.

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    • July 11, 2014 at 13:43
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      @foxy: Grassbanks
      Darenth Road
      Dartford
      Kent
      DA1 1RT

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  • July 11, 2014 at 13:41
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    I reckon it will be Dunne as Captain and Bailey as Vice-Captain

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  • July 11, 2014 at 13:51
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    Shock shittu has started yet another season unfit & grossly overweight ..for 2 years it took 3 months then last year it took 6 months..if olly didn't takeover he would have gone the whole season unfit..when you have a frame like shittu you expect him to do more..some will point to the injury..but if he was 100% fit the odds on getting injured are reduced

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    • July 11, 2014 at 14:17
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      @Jim28: jim i totally agree with your post.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 14:29
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    All I know is we can't ship the number of goals we did last season.
    Robbo hasn't been the same player since his injury and Shittu is past his best.
    Both been absolute titans for Millwall (especially Robbo) but time to develop and introduce the next generation of 'wall legends.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 15:12
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    Good servant in the time he has been here, give him a few pies pay him off.He will never be fit,

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  • July 11, 2014 at 15:48
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    Had a chat with a well connected bloke and he said that Shittu is not wanted and they are trying to move him on. Not going to Portugal should have signalled the end, especially as that happened with Robbo. Still, I enjoyed some of his performances, not so much many others but he's an honest bloke and I wish him well.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 16:18
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    Danny is a great guy I saw him having his photo taken with a group of kids outside the ground and he was the perfect gentleman, kind and nothing was too much trouble for him, I hope he stays with the club in some role.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 16:46
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    Robbo is long past his best but good luck to him if he moves on. I am sure he can still do a good job in League 1 or 2. Shittu I thought looked great before his injury, but achilles injuries are a nightmare for big fellas and he is getting on a bit so maybe his Championship days are also over. Great player at his best and I hope he has a good future elsewhere. They may be missed in the dressing room but no-one plays forever.
    On the plus side, these two will be big earners, so the money can be spent on bringing in the likes of Smith and Maurice or whoever Ollie thinks will step up.
    Not worries about cover at CB. We have Beevers, Webster, Dunne and Williams and the young lad whose name I can't remember, so that is plenty.

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  • July 11, 2014 at 18:40
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    Grateful to both but life goes on.A couple of years ago q.p.r put pound notes on the table and shittu was out the door in a flash.I don't blame a player for getting the best deal for themselves but it has to cut both ways.

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  • July 12, 2014 at 10:25
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    Shittu your future now for once is what you want to make of it...you cant ask others to bail you out...jackett gave you your carreer back..then hollaway gave you back your confiidence back...the fans in the first have been more then patience...Now DS either sort yourself out or just leave..cos your p****** everyone of

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    • July 12, 2014 at 11:38
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      @Jim28: harsh but true Jim, he could extend his career by years if he could lose a few kilos

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  • July 14, 2014 at 10:03
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    At the start of last season, Lomas was concentrating on us scoring goals in open play, as the season before our defence was actually very good. This is what caught everyone off guard. The players did not come back fit, and then the slump in confidence was apparent with mistake after mistake. Lomas kept switching players, trying to get it right, but it never worked. Also there were players like Trotter and Feeney, with childish attitudes acting like arrogant little MTV rap kids.

    With Holloway you will get a new honest working mentality from the players. He knows how important it is for everyone to understand that the 'squad' is what makes the final position in the league, not the first chosen 11 or 14. There will be injuries, and suspensions, and everyone needs to work for everyone. There is no doubt-that we are going to try and 'pass and move' this season, with possession being one of the key elements. I've been waiting 20 odd years, to just see us give it a go, to try and keep the ball as much as possible, this season is going to separate the real players who create time on the ball from the panicky hoof-merchants.

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