MK Dons eye Easter as Millwall boss considers loan exits

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IAN Holloway will wheel and deal in the loan market to get Millwall’s season back on track after a winless September.

But the Lions boss admits players may have to leave The Den before he can add further to his squad.

It's understood that Jermaine Easter, who has not been selected for Millwall’s last two games, is available for loan and is a target for several clubs in League One, including MK Dons.



But Magaye Gueye, who was left out of Tuesday’s match against Birmingham, will not be leaving, although the attacker has been told to improve his fitness.

Millwall want to sign a winger and a right back.

Chris Eagles had been on trial with the club last week but did not turn up for training on Monday and is believed to have significant wage expectations.



Holloway said: “There will be people who I loan out from my group now. I will do that to try and clear some money which I can use to strengthen certain areas in the squad that we’re really short in.

“I will do that if I can and that’s all I can do. If I can’t get them out, then I’ll have to keep going with the current squad and put some of the young ones in and see how we go.

“We’re going to be governed not by how much money my chairman has got but by these new Financial Fair Play rules which are kicking in.

“It doesn’t bother the clubs who have billions to spend because they’re quite happy to pay a massive fine, whereas we will end up with a transfer embargo.

“But I’m sure that if I see anybody who I think will help us then the chairman will support me. He’s a wonderful fella and he’ll be smarting after watching the Birmingham game.”

Asked about Gueye’s absence, Holloway added: “I don’t think he’s fit enough to affect games.

“I’m going to take him back out of the squad, work him to get fit and then he should be ready to play. That’s not the case at the moment.

“Because of his talent I gave him an ice cream, which to a footballer is playing games, but I’ve taken it off him because he doesn’t deserve it.

“When I put him on in games he needs to make a bigger impact.”

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

71 thoughts on “MK Dons eye Easter as Millwall boss considers loan exits

  • October 2, 2014 at 11:09
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    Yep, get some of these players out on loan, most have done little - lately for our cause! And try and get in - injured, fully - fit players in. ( maybe the we will win more matches, and get better gates : might even get some of these 'Posters' to come along to the games ) . NOLU, WDC .

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    • October 2, 2014 at 17:44
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      @BUSHWACKER14: ca@BUSHWACKER14: can't he take fuller with him as well a sort of sign one useless striker get one free deal ?

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:10
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    Easter out on Loan -Good.
    Why is Maggie not fit ??????????
    How we can be affected by FFP when we do not spend any money ?

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    • October 2, 2014 at 11:48
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      Good point about the FFP - to my knowledge we / Ollie has'nt actually broken the bank over the summer has he !! though i cant see how the FFP comes into rule in the Champoinship when 3 teams come into the division with a parachute payment from the premier as well as the previous 3 teams if they dont go straight back to the premier ....

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      • October 2, 2014 at 15:06
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        @Jingles:

        The clubs coming down from the Prem are still liable for sanctions, even with parachute payments.
        QPR got promoted last season, by racking up a lot of debt (even with their parachute payments) and will have to pay a fine of about £ 46,000,000. If they do not pay this fine, then if/when they are relegated from the Prem, they will not be able to play in the Football League (straight down to the conference).
        If they had not been promoted then they would have been barred from conducting any transfer activity from January 2015 transfer window (onwards) until they reduced their losses to within the parameters set by the League.
        As it is, there are several clubs in the Championship that will be unable to conduct any transfers in the next window because of their continuing losses

        @WoolwichLion
        "What a load of rubbish
        What happened to this so called £1 million and we will break the bank to sign a player if Ollie wants the player Andy Ambler talking SH*T again anyway the FFP Transfer Embargo won't kick in untill the 2016 season if it comes at all"

        Transfer Embargo begins January 2015

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    • October 2, 2014 at 11:59
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      @Longfield Lion: We are still spendin g a lot of money on wages and with small gates like 9000 and 11000 it's just barely covering the wages and bills plus we don't seem to get any money from selling players They always seem to 'leave by mutual consent'. We should of tied down Trotter and Henry for at least another year and we might of got 1.5m for the pair of em. Roll on Saturday COYL

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      • October 2, 2014 at 12:18
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        @mitchamscaff: i've noticed Forest have overspent by £21m ..rules clearly state that a club cannot get promoted to the prem by overspending..are they gonna deduct pts come dec 1st..

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      • October 2, 2014 at 15:47
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        Who out of this team would you pay money for?

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    • October 16, 2014 at 05:34
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      I can't understand why 'Proffessional' Footballers are not 'Fit' it's their job to be fit! If an average working person turned up for work, and was unable to do their job because of circumstances within their control, there would be consequences to pay. They are paid 'Large' amounts of money to play football, it seems some think they can just 'Turn Up' and take the money!

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:24
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    Good (with all due respect)

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:24
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    Loaning easter out is wise but why did we go to the expense of giving him a contract in the summer,when he is not championship standard?

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    • October 2, 2014 at 12:09
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      @norris: My thoughts exactly. Same with Marquis and plenty of other players brought in or given extensions who obviously weren't good enough. We could all see it, so why couldn't the club?

      Ambler takes a lot of flack for signings, but the manager is the main person responsible. We've had plenty of dross at Milwall over the years, but since we came back up to the Championship its been a case of quantity over quality. Holloway seems no different - for every decent signing there's a few more added to the squad who'll clearly never add anything extra.

      If we've got no money and are going to struggle every year, I'd rather do it with more home-grown players than the sub-quality freebie-wasters we keep on signing.

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      • October 2, 2014 at 15:45
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        @norris: @Micky Lions: spot on. Hoyte springs to mind and Shittu where AA was involved. Our scouting doesn't fill me with confidence as well. We need to grow our own talent and compliment it with quality as we used to do. We don't generate money through selling players either. Not impressed so far with IH on signings & playing front

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        • October 2, 2014 at 16:46
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          @dude: holoway might pick the players he wants.but he aint the one who signs the checks or draws up the contracts..that in the end is down to Ambler..bloody useless

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    • October 2, 2014 at 18:10
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      @norris:
      The amount of games he played last season triggerd a clause in his contract which gave him the option of another year.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:36
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    I wrote an article for a separate websure about Millwall's financial troubles and how FFP could sanction them last season and Aldo dismissed it as nonsense!

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    • October 2, 2014 at 13:36
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      @harryfabian: I'd be interested in reading it...can you add a link?

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      • October 2, 2014 at 16:07
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        @vonhardshaft: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=589021704466391&id=529821593719736 - Bear in mind this was written in September/October last year.

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        • October 3, 2014 at 11:02
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          @harryfabian: Thought that was a good read but a touch pessimistic.

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    • October 2, 2014 at 18:12
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      @harryfabian:
      That's because your a little boy who doesn't know his a*** from his elbow. You only have to look at your twitter to work that out.

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      • October 2, 2014 at 18:34
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        @82wall: Nice grammar mate.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:51
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    What's with all the rubbish about players being unfit ? Classic one from the other day about "it's not Hoytes fault that Edwards got injured and isn't fit enough to play" . It's just a smokescreen and another rubbish soundbite. Your're the manager, you supervise everything, you pick who to play and now you're telling us that players you are picking to play are not fit enough. Still, I hope when they are fit to play and they get a game they can at least be played in their best position. that way they might be able to have more of an impact.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 11:55
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    I can see it now:

    Easter bangs the goals in for MK dons, they sign him permanently, get promoted and he's scores against us next season.

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    • October 2, 2014 at 15:06
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      @Dazi: don't forget that he leaves for free as well

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:06
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    Here are some more players we should get rid of- Hoyte tear his contract up! Shittu, although I do like him Ollie has no intention of playing him, Might get a bit of s*** for this but with the amount of senior players we have in why not loan out short term Fred, Powell and Nelson with some game time in league 1 they will come back stronger and with confidence it works for Man U with their youth when not getting a run of games. The reason I haven't said O'Brien is that he offers something very different up front with Gregory.

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    • October 3, 2014 at 11:10
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      @mitchamscaff: Agree with the sentiment, but be realistic. Why bother letting Hoyte go for nothing - we'd still have to pay up the contract and if he ever gets fit he may have to cover for injuries. The same with Shittu - I will place a bet that we will see him in the team before the end of the season due to injuries and suspensions. Neither of them has any incentive to agree to leave - especially Shittu, who will be one of the highest paid players. Don't forget, we were all desperate for Shittu to sign that two year deal last year - Ambler practically had to beg him. So it's not his fault he doesn't fit into Holloway's style of play. The best we can hope for is both of them go out on loan so we can get some of their wages back from another club.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:12
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    As for Chris Eagles I don't know why we even bother with players like these. Complete time waster with a big ego.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:17
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    Message to Mr Eagles:

    Your worth what someone is prepared to pay you, that's called reality.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:18
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    What happened to that left back we got who was released by Fulham? Can't he be converted to a right back?

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:37
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    What a load of rubbish
    What happened to this so called £1 million and we will break the bank to sign a player if Ollie wants the player Andy Ambler talking SH*T again anyway the FFP Transfer Embargo won't kick in untill the 2016 season if it comes at all

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  • October 2, 2014 at 12:54
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    So this Financial Fair Play stuff isnt that Fair afterall.....

    Don't understand why Guaye isn't fit yet.... probably the same reason we have a massive injury list (AGAIN!) but he can play wide right - surely!!

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    • October 2, 2014 at 15:54
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      @TheBermondseyBomber: works out that if your a PL loser you get bundles of cash for 2 years.and we get f*** all

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  • October 2, 2014 at 13:48
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    End of this season I want them all gone a complete clear out. Unfit ,injury prone wasters that goes for 75% of our squad.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 17:24
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    What a way to run a club! IH had al summer to sort out his team,spent time in Portugal and yet has no idea of what he wants. He has signed a few past their prime players, leaves out youngsters like promising Fred. No mention of a striker at all. A total shambles.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 17:56
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    If holloway is such an idiot,clueless or what ever you so called fans keep calling him how has he managed to get multiple teams into the premiership?????

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    • October 2, 2014 at 19:03
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      @cmj23:

      Perhaps that's why we have had so many c palace connections that have failed and "failing" along with IH! Just a thought. Dread Saturday after seeing last nights results.

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    • October 2, 2014 at 19:07
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      @cmj23: we don't care what he as done for other clubs all we what is to be better than last season and we have not at this time I love or more hope he gets it right as like as all we love the club more then any player or manager

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      • October 2, 2014 at 19:15
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        @Millwallpad:

        Well said. I was born to support Millwall it was not a choice.

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    • October 2, 2014 at 21:24
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      @cmj23: a. inherited a team that was going up anyway
      B. large cheque book
      C. Both the above

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  • October 2, 2014 at 19:15
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    Can't believe people going on bout FFP!!!!
    How can it affect us when we spent peanuts in last two seasons and sold Morrison for few mill why was that money never invested??? I live in hope that ollie got a few prem loans up he's sleeve

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    • October 2, 2014 at 21:03
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      @millwallmic: hi I see you live in hope is that in Kent

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        • October 2, 2014 at 22:01
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          @millwallmic: if I was from Kent what does that matter a millwall fan is a millwall regardless where there from or live plonker

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        • October 2, 2014 at 22:01
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          Keep ur muggy comments to urself

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          • October 2, 2014 at 22:36
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            @millwallmic: F***** joke thicko

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      • October 3, 2014 at 16:15
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        @bobthelion: lol you've confused him so he's resorted to getting abusive.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 19:47
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    No five things from the game mine are
    1 cut the crap in play a sensible team
    2 Webster Bevers together
    3 Up son Williams your midfield
    4 O'brien and Gregory up front
    5 Find a good young winger needing game time from a prem side.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 20:23
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    I really struggle to know if our players are good enough because we never see more than about 2 or 3 of them play regulalry in the same position for more than a few games. And even they they are never in the same overall structure. Tuesday night was all long ball stuff and a diamond midfield we probably practised once on Monday afternoon. Maybe I am just too old fashioned but give a decent core a time to gel playing a settled style and structure for a few games and bloody work them hard on what you want them to do. We desperately need a right back - but we all knew that at the start of the season. And players who aren't fit 11 games into the season - either sack the fitness coach or suspend the players. I want IH to succeed. But for the club and the fans, not for him. Start managing more and talking less.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 20:39
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    Easter New contract then loan em out to LEAGUE 1 team, Marquis New contract then loan em out to LEAGUE 1 team...What does that tell you Ollie?? Clearing wages from people you've given new contracts
    Guaye not fit, well he aint gonna get match fit he never starts!!!
    Gave him an ice cream??
    Priceless!!!
    Come out with the smart comments when the teams playing at a level the Millwall faithful deserve, because at the moment my sense of humour has done one

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    • October 2, 2014 at 21:28
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      @DirtyDen: couldn't have put it any better..
      Not fit after being here 3 months and coming from a prem team??

      What the f**** he eating ?

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      • October 3, 2014 at 16:18
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        @brockleysfinest: 'What the f**** he eating ?'

        Ice cream, pay attention!

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  • October 2, 2014 at 21:01
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    Who remembers the last time we scored 3 goals in a game , tbh this is the weakest squad I've seen for years , we don't spend money , the manager doesn't want to get a decent striker . I don't know if the club is heading in the right direction

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    • October 2, 2014 at 23:10
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      @boblion: September last year against Blackpool (H).

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    • October 2, 2014 at 23:13
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      @boblion: september last year against blackpool (h)

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  • October 2, 2014 at 21:50
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    Maggie needs game time to get fit not 20 mins here and there, IH is a joke imo, talking s.hit about ice creams as well, Fruit cake.

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  • October 2, 2014 at 22:35
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    If Gueye ain't fit surely if we loaned him out in august he would be tip top by now. Same goes for all the ones that ain't fit.

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  • October 3, 2014 at 00:04
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    A couple months ago ollie said we had too many senior pro's at the club which was unbalancing the squad. Fair to say he has brought in a few home growns to the 1st team, but we still have more than enough players over 30 or approaching 30 and most have played at some point this season. Forde will be 35 in december, Dunne is 32, shittu is 34, Hoyte will be 30 in november, Bailey is 30, jimmy is 30, Chaplow will be 30 in feb, Edwards will be 36 end of this month, Easter will be 33 in jan, fuller will be 35 end of this month, Ranegie is 30 and Mcdonald is 31. Thats 12 players in our 1st team squad who are deemed as experienced pro's and only Edwards, jimmy and Mcdonald have shown any consistency so far. The rest are just taking the p.i.s.s. so much for ollie trying to balance the squad. On top of that he's treating the youngsters pretty unfairly, fred shows a bit of promise and gets nothing but praise from ollie but only has a couple mins here and there when we're losing. Powell plays 3 blinders and an average 45 mins then gets discarded, gueye gets a tap on the back from ollie but gets a couple mins here and there. I dont get how you can say so much about them only to mug em off in the next breath. It cant be doing their confidence any good especially when they have to watch the seniors f.u.c.k up week in week out.
    we need a good keeper in his mid 20s who can oust forde, a good young right back to replace Edwards, a young winger who can play on either wing and a good young forward to play with or put pressure on Gregory. Not asking for much am I. But I'm sick to the stomach with ollie alwas saying one thing and doing another.
    The team id go with is
    Forde
    Malone, Nelson, Williams, Briggs
    Powell,
    Chaplow, upson, woolford
    Mcdonald, Gregory.
    Really hope the dons are serious about Easter but we really need more than him off the books as the old guard are dragging us down.

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    • October 3, 2014 at 07:55
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      @lukesmithmfc: I made the point about the age of our squad when Holloway first took over Luke and for me it is more worrying than having a Manager who is more interested in talking than doing and where we are in the league right now. If the club keeps going forward with this policy we will end up in League One or worse with a load of has beens and it might take us years to recover. We've all had glimpses of some of the young talent bubbling under the squad and it's time to put the clubs future in their hands. Not all of them at once, but if a young player comes in and does the job/looks the part then keep him in the side, such as Powell the other week. It might make some of the senior pro's take a long hard look at themselves. Holloway should get Edwards on the coaching staff a.s.a.p. as an example to our young players of what a model professional is.

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  • October 3, 2014 at 00:26
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    Don't know why people slate fuller hes got assists and goals this season id play him and Gregory upfront loan Easter that rangenie is a useless wage thief give him back give Gregory games to improve hope Tuesday goal is first of many. And get in a striker winger and a right back. But again why slate our most effective striker this season and if you still wanna slate fuller remember he is our best striker so far so that's how s*** our strikers are.

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    • October 3, 2014 at 07:14
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      @spartacus: fuller has been playing from the start of the season.& has scored 1 goal.
      LG been playing 5mins & has scored 1 goal.and assisted in getting the pen against leeds..so on average LG is by far better then that slow old mug

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  • October 3, 2014 at 01:35
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    To be fair I agree with ollie about gueye. For an ex prem at Everton you should expect a lot more really. Maybe this is the kick up the a**e he needs. But at the same time I think he injects pace in the squad coming on as a super sub, which is what we seriously lack. Why not work on his fitness and put him on last 20 mins like ollie was doing before? He is still a threat but his finishing needs work. He's missed some sitters. It's got to the stage where I feel we have nothing to lose and wouldn't mind seeing youth going at it with hunger and desire. But that's the risk. I think deep down ollie knew all along we would be in a relegation battle with our finances. A few loanees could change the whole team completely. Im still begging for a striker more then any other position. Kane done the business, wood done the business, I know we all want youth but can we afford to take that risk? I think wen we are a comfortable established mid championship team then yes we can. At the moment, I'm sorry but no, I'd rather a young prem player on loan who can completely change things. The prem is completely different to the championship. A good striker could thrive at millwall (like they have in the past) I'm only goin by experience, and i will always support millwall through and through....but f**k league one. A few loanees that can keep us out a relegation battle and make me enjoy going to games is what I'm after

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    • October 3, 2014 at 08:01
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      @bermondsey2bromley: I think we may be finding out why he is no longer at Everton. All that financial/personal troubles bollx was probably just a big smoke screen. No doubt that Maggie could be a really useful player for us though, so hopefully he'll get his act together.

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  • October 3, 2014 at 10:16
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    I seem to remember when Ollie first came here we thought with all his connections he would be able to get some pacey young prem loanees. Well how wrong were we. We get Fuller and Ranegie, hardly young hardly and definately not pacey. Youth is our only chance now, no more geriatrics who can barely string a couple of games together.

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    • October 3, 2014 at 11:16
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      @Sealion: Two things you need to bear in mind: we can't pay high wages for loan players; a lot of players are put off from coming here by the club's reputation

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  • October 3, 2014 at 10:27
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    with easter going it looks like gregory has cemented his place but why did we offer easter and marquise extensions to their contracts? marquise has had enough chances to get a place and is undoubtly eall through and through but he lacks ability at championship level, now obrian looked a class above marquise on tuesday and will defo make a very good player

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  • October 3, 2014 at 10:44
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    How's this ?
    1/ Let's loan out ALL the dead wood.
    2/ Bring in 2 or 3 kids
    3/ Gregory is the only Millwall forward who could have scored that goal on Tuesady night, so let's play him .
    4/ Give all the loan players coming in a medical. It sure seems like they don't pass one at the moment.
    5/ Stop giving the likes of Eagles a free fitness boost only to see him p*** off. He's not the first one to do that.
    Millwall for Millwall type players. Anyone else can put it where the sun don't shine.

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    • October 3, 2014 at 11:20
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      @NICKOLA:
      1/ Let's loan out ALL the dead wood
      OK if anyone wants them. Sounds like a shed load of them have been available for weeks with no takers
      2/ Bring in 2 or 3 kids
      This is happening with the youth team players. They are a better bet than outsiders who we don't know
      3/ Gregory is the only Millwall forward who could have scored that goal on Tuesady night, so let's play him .
      Agree with that one mate. No doubt at all
      4/ Give all the loan players coming in a medical. It sure seems like they don't pass one at the moment.
      Doesn't this happen? I think the sign-on medicals are about injuries, though not levels of fitness.
      5/ Stop giving the likes of Eagles a free fitness boost only to see him p*** off. He's not the first one to do that.
      Can't see the harm in a decent player training with the team. It should raise the bar for them.

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