ANDY Ambler has defended Millwall's decision not to splash out on a new contract for Scott Malone prior to his £100,000-switch to Cardiff City last week.
Malone was allowed to join the Bluebirds for a nominal fee because his deal with the Lions was due to expire in the summer, when he would have become a free agent.
But manager Ian Holloway wants to rebuild his defence so was happy to let the left back go.
Asked why the club didn't offer Malone improved terms, Ambler explained: "It wasn't down to affordability.
"Let's look at where we've been for the past two seasons and consider that Scott has been part of a defence that has leaked many, many goals.
"Am I pinning that on Scott? Of course I'm not, but the manager wants to change things. Our fans are fed up of seeing us not win enough games so we have to change our players.
"We've got to change some but we can't change them all."
Asked whether he'd have handled Malone's situation any differently a second time around, Ambler said: "I don’t think so.
"We've scraped survival in the last two seasons. Would we want to reward players for us being in the league position that we're in? Some of them, but not all of them.
"Some of the criticism we've had is that we've been too loyal – that too many people have been around for too long – and maybe we should've freshened things up more.
"The last two or three seasons just haven't been good enough. Six wins per season at home isn't on and it's no wonder the fans aren't happy."