"Don't panic" says Millwall boss ahead of Brighton clash

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IAN Holloway has told Millwall fans not to panic about their side's alarming run of form.

Holloway has called for calm ahead of tonight's visit to Brighton and is confident the Lions "will be good enough" to climb the table over the coming weeks and months.

The Millwall boss said: "We have got a tough couple of games coming up against teams who are down the bottom with us but we've got loads of games left this year.



"We should be looking forward to getting better results. We managed to do it last year when everything looked lost. All I want is for us to succeed.

"That is all that I am here for. If anyone thinks that I want to be down the bottom of the league and struggling, they've got another thing coming.

"Don't panic. We have got 26 games left to get the team settled and when we're calm, I think we’ll be good enough.



"I do apologise again about last Saturday because I didn't expect that at all.

"We've got to stick together and keep trying because this division is absolutely brutal."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “"Don't panic" says Millwall boss ahead of Brighton clash

  • December 12, 2014 at 10:08
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    DON`T PANIC MR MANNERING !!!

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  • December 12, 2014 at 10:12
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    We may have 26 games left but how many of those games does he think we will win, he needs to start the long awaiting undefeated run tonight with a win.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 10:22
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    What an absolute clown this bloke is. Don't panic? The reason people are panicking and annoyed is because we're being served up this crap year in and year out by different managers and we're getting bored. Currently we're worse off than we were under Lomas at this stage last season and that really is saying something. We got three wins at the start of the season against clubs who were in complete turmoil and we've only won once since the end of August. The odd comeback and a line about Willy Wonka won't cut it with most fans. He has to do something quick.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 10:25
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    MAINWARING

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  • December 12, 2014 at 10:37
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    So going by our current form that means mathmatically we can expect approx 1.75 wins from the 26 remaining games.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 10:50
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      @Sealion: we was under threat under KJ when we lost woods.then in comes mr vermin another pile..in comes olly promising the earth and surprise surprise in the s****** again..but like before will overcome cos this time round we have to.or we will lose the young players

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      • December 12, 2014 at 11:01
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        @Jim28: I hope you are right about coming good Jim but personally I have my doubts as we just seem to be lurching from one defeat to the next with the odd draw thrown in for good measure. As yet there still does not seem to be any shoots of recovery.

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      • December 12, 2014 at 18:23
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        @Jim28: that obviously means it's the player not the managers

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  • December 12, 2014 at 10:56
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    He says we're be good enough to climb the table in the next coming weeks and months, in my book that means ( but not tonight).

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  • December 12, 2014 at 11:11
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    I think that its time to take stock and reflect.

    I still believe that Ollie is the right man for now and for the future for Millwall.

    But, I think these things need to be done and said:

    1. I think he needs to focus on this season being the season that we reach mid table obscurity. I sense he's trying to do too much too soon and then tweaking and fiddling. I think the players are very confused as he tries to implement all his good ideas each week. One step at a time. So he needs to put some good practices in place, settle on his first team and then go with that. He has a good track record and is a quality manager. He will do well for us.

    2. I think he needs to be patient. I sense he wants everything now. Next season, when he will have more money at his disposal and a number of contracts/deadwoods will have finished, is the time to be more ambitious.

    3. There is a need for a striker and that is important. We do need 2 up front. I also tend to agree that Ollie has been very loyal to Dunney for what he said and did before the Forest game and thereafter. But there are times when Dunney needs to be on the subs bench. Ollie is loyal - that's a good trait - but he mustn't be blind to a players ability. I think JB's steadying influence can be good here. He's a great chairman and can help settle things down.

    4. I think Ollie should keep his own counsel more. KJ was very tight lipped. Ollie is the opposite. Maybe he should only publish 1 of 3 of his comments - and not appear to give away what he's planning to the opposition! But to describe him as a 'clown' is wrong. He should certainly curb his comparisons with Willy Wonka and not praise the opposition. That doesn't go down well.

    5. He's totally committed to Millwall. He must be suffering as much as the most die-hard fan. For that we thank him and could ask for no more. He's probably hardly sleeping - which feeds into the fiddling with the team and some of the comments on here.

    6. We need to support him and the team. Millwall has always gone through tough periods - in fact there is more rain than sunshine with this club and that's part of the reason for supporting them - it's real proper football in the raw. That's a strength - not a weakness. There's a lot of good things going on (youth development is one).

    So in summary:
    I believe all will come well under his leadership. But we - and he - need to be patient.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 11:42
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      @kitch: This might possibly be the best post I have ever read on this website. 100% agree.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 11:52
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      Kitch I dont understand all the dislikes mate, it is a very good post.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 12:29
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      @kitch: Brilliant post, totally agree!!

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    • December 12, 2014 at 12:38
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      @kitch: The problem is though, your first line, we need to take stock and reflect. I think that's why there are so many dislikes. Fans on here have taken stock and are reflecting on our lack of wins and very precarious position in the league. This is why so many people are calling for him to go or to sort himself out. I think he's had a lot of time here already. He should know who his best 11 are by now. Every time I turn up at the Den the starting line up is complete mystery with loads of changes and people are getting sick of it. Your post is good and you make some valid points but ultimately a manager will be judged on the points we have on the table which so far IH is failing on miserably.

      What we do need to do though as fans, no matter what our opinions, is encourage and support our team the way we do best. Their confidence must be sp low at the moment so it's vital we play our part and don't make playing for a losing team even more daunting. COYL 3 massive points tonight please!

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      • December 12, 2014 at 13:04
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        @southlondon1885: I think this is a very good post from @kitch . Taking stock doesn't just mean of where we are in the league and our form, it's everything.... the amount of money we have as a club compared to others, the attendances we get at the Den, revenues etc.

        Some might not like it but the truth is we are one of the smallest clubs in the league (although have the biggest heart), our attendances, revenue and budgets are all very low, to finish Mid-table is an achievement in itself.

        Trust me I want our club to finish as high up in the table as possible, want us to be in the Prem one day as much as the next person but we also have to be realistic.

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        • December 12, 2014 at 13:19
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          @Bradders: much like you I know we're a small club and taking stock would include all of what you said. I agree the post is a good one but most people do just look at the bottom line which is points on the table. IH has promised an awful lot but so far it's been just hot air. I'm angry at the deadwood at the club which stops us getting better players in but it does boil down to results. For me, a success this season would be safety prior to the final match. Not sure my heart can take another survival Saturday.

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          • December 12, 2014 at 13:24
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            @southlondon1885: It would be good to be safe with a few games to go that's for sure. Ollie is changing the club from top to bottom which takes time especially when there is so much money tied up in players who are no good for the club.

            The new way we play has been evident and very good football which attracts a better standard of player, while putting youth in which means we can get good youth players in as we are more than likely going to give them a go unlike the bigger clubs.

            I agree he has promised a lot, but it's not like he isn't trying to produce the goods. He's the right man for this club because he knows we can build a club on our youth which is the way it was before Jackett was at the club!

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        • December 12, 2014 at 13:33
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          @Bradders: people keep making the gates a issue..if you look at our attendences down the years they dont change much.even when we got promoted to the first division.and we ended up buying a player for £800,000..which shamefully is still our club record

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          • December 12, 2014 at 13:46
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            @Jim28: Yes the gates are an issue with you are up against clubs in this league which continuously get 20k + each week.

            20,000 fans and an average ticket of £25, big clubs can make £500,000 a home game, over the course of the season that is £11.5 Million plus, whereas we would get half this amount. Unfortunately we just cannot compete with this.

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          • December 12, 2014 at 14:13
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            @Jim28: jim are you the one giving kitch all those dislikes? I reckon you've got 29 phones.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 15:03
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      Surely the issue here is that you sense Holloway is focusing on next season (point 1) and wants everything now (point 2) but otherwise has everything under control - so an optimistic view - but others sense that he is just flailing around in the dark and has lost the plot.
      This is probably why you got so many dislikes, some have faith in Ollie, many do not.
      At the end of the day the league table will tell you who was right: sadly I suspect it will be too late.

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      • December 12, 2014 at 15:16
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        @Jzero: It's what Ollie is doing for the club as a whole which makes me happy, unfortunately these are drastic changes from top to bottom... the way we play football to the way the Under 11's play football.

        This is a guy who once 1st team training has finished goes and trains the youngsters which is the future of our club, even during half terms he is there with the clubs under 17's, this is a man who just wants the best for the club and is committed to achieving that! The results will come but we have to trust he is doing the best for our club!

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        • December 12, 2014 at 22:29
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          @Bradders It is the performance of the first team that will decide the future of the Club, at least in the short term. Given all the good things Holloway is doing around the first team might there be a case for moving him to Director of Development and appointing a manager who will set out his team to be a solid mid table Championship side that is hard to beat?
          Should Holloway's development ideas work then in two or three years maybe a more ambitious target could be set but in the meanwhile please can we have a manager who will send out the same team each week in a formation they know - preferably 442.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 18:29
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      @kitch: great words kitch, I think sorry know people expected it all to happen over night

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  • December 12, 2014 at 11:23
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    I'll panic if we don't make some decent signings in January, our current squad is not good enough and to get out of this we need fresh blood coming in.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 12:49
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    KITCH comes on here and writes what I think were very reasonable and sensible comments,then gets a load of dislikes.BARNLION comes on and says he don't understand why so many dislikes and he gets a load of dislikes. So can some of those pressing the dislike button come on and explain what you do not like about their comments,cos I don't understand it either, maybe I'm missing something here.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 13:07
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      @bordersarebest0170: I completely agree borders!! It's trivial as it's a very good post with a lot of people supporting it, so don't know who is clicking dislike unless it's fans from other clubs as anyone can come on the site as click dislike not just Millwall.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 14:49
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      @bordersarebest0170:
      Agree with that. They must be the armchair warriors that Holloway was
      banging on about in another Post. Just leaving for Brighton now,
      I wonder how many of the dislike warriors will be there.....?

      COYL!!

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  • December 12, 2014 at 13:10
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    John Docherty said this back in December 1989. We didn't win another game.

    Don't think that's the case here though.

    Look at Wolves, great start to the season, now 5 defeats on the spin including a 4-0 hiding from Brentford who they beat to the title last year. Brentford then go to Huddersfield and lose.

    This is a crazy division, unlike any of the other 3. Teams who look dead and buried in December are pushing for promotion in March. That's the scary thing, early strugglers like Fulham, Bolton, Birmingham, even Blackpool look to have turned the corner. How long will the likes of Wigan and Brighton stay near the bottom?

    But on the bright side, I refuse to accept we are the sort of Yeovil-type cannon fodder that is going to struggle like this for the rest of the season, just like last season, we're due a decent run, we've got to keep the faith with IH because, as many have rightly said, what good will bringing in another new manager do with the squad of players we're stuck with?

    As hard as it might be to accept, the aim of this season is the same as in the last last 2 months of the last one: survival, and I still think IH is our best chance of this.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 15:02
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    we are only 12 points off the play offs, 9 by the end of tonight, yes we are near the bottom, and i know we have only 1 win in 15 but we can get 4 wins on the spin and be back in the mix, we do have an international GK and (if settled) a back 4 capable of clean sheets, midfielders in abundance each with different qualities, to provide killer balls. the top end is the issue 1 unproven in the league but high scoring striker. we just need a partner for him (maybe mc donald just behind in a 4-4-1-1,) fuller is a great back up for the last 25-30.
    I know we don't want an old boy but if the deal was right for a 6 month contract, while we wait for the clear out, like Edwards last year, who is older but physically fit and he bangs in 20 between now and May i dont care how old.

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    • December 12, 2014 at 15:08
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      @brooker: Saying that i cant think of anyone older than 33 without a club who can bang em in Ally McCoist lol

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      • December 12, 2014 at 15:21
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        @brooker: Haha god point! Once we get rid of the deadwood we will have enough money to buy young under 21's from the prem or a goalscorer from the league below, but until then it will just be about wheeling and dealing in January!

        The problem with playing 4 in midfield is that we haven't got the wingers required to play that formation and have been outplayed in the middle when we have previously. Cant play 3 at the back to accommodate 2 up front. Only other option would be to have the 3 or 1 (which ever way you look at it) play narrower up front, although we haven't got that big man who can knock it on when we need to go long.

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        • December 12, 2014 at 15:29
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          @Bradders: play magaye on 1 wing and bring back fred for the other. sorted, let them swap sides and mix it about.

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        • December 12, 2014 at 15:35
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          @Bradders:
          Personally what I would like to see is 3 front players that can interchange between each wing and central positions with 2 solid midfielders in front of the same back 4 and man in the whole behind the main striker, when we are on the back foot all drop into a 4-5-1.

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          • December 12, 2014 at 15:52
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            @brooker: I think that's exactly what Ollie is trying to do but have not got the personnel to do it, Fred doesn't track back enough and the same with Gueye which is why you can't play both of them otherwise we are pretty much playing a 4-3-3 formation and that would leave the middle of the park and full backs exposed.

            In most games this season I've seen the wingers (guys either side of the front man) swap sides and mixing it up.

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          • December 12, 2014 at 15:56
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            @brooker: he needs to settle the back 4 and central midfield positions first though to make us hard to beat and break down, its too easy at the moment. I like Ollie but i agree with the comments of trying too much at once. I'd like to see Bircham go and a decent proper number 2 come in to support.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 15:03
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    @borders. I reckon Scott Malone's been on here clicking dislike with 20 different phones just to wind the fans up some more, in between sticking up two fingers and changing nappies.

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  • December 12, 2014 at 18:49
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    Mr fruit cake said in the slp that if fuller& gregory were to get injured we would stuffed Ermmm..

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