MILLWALL fans have always been in touch with their roots, aware of their history and protective of their values.
Disgusted by the commercialisation of English football and resolutely opposed to the plasticisation of supporters across the land, Lions fans pride themselves on being a dying breed.
While other clubs have succumbed to the financial lures of the prawn sandwich brigade, Millwall are stubbornly stuck in their ways. And proud of it.
And yet, a worrying trait has begun to appear in some of our supporters. They want it both ways.
They long for the battle-worn underdog of Millwall of old, and yet are hysterical at the prospect of relegation back to League One, where arguably the club truly belongs.
Sack the manager. Sack the board.
These are demands from fans who have become spoiled. Kenny Jackett's tenure at The Den has been so successful, that many, perhaps understandably, have forgotten what it's like to be down in the gutter.
But isn't that exactly where Millwall fostered its very identity? The one we are all so proud of?
Reports yesterday claiming Roy Keane was on the verge of replacing Jackett were, for the most part, met with derision. And rightly so. For so many reasons.
First of all, it's not true. If there was one grain of credence in those reports, Jackett would walk away immediately. But chairman John Berylson has far, far too much respect for his manager to ever go behind his back like that.
But Keane would be such a catastrophic appointment that I cannot even begin to find the words to explain why. Incredibly, there were some who would welcome him with open arms. Others want Neil Warnock.
Jackett deserves better than that from the fans. The man has single-handedly rebuilt this club from the ashes. To plot his departure and subsequent replacement is abhorrent to say the least.
And Keane? Warnock? These are managers who love a £1million transfer. They may have a bit more about them, in terms of character, than Jackett, but they too have been spoiled throughout their careers – and they would blame everyone but themselves when it all went wrong.
Be careful what you wish for. I fear some Millwall fans won't truly appreciate Jackett until he's gone. Expectations need to be reined in, a few reality checks are in order.
This is Millwall. Championship football is a blessing. Mistakes have been made this season, there's no doubting that.
But it's time to accept our lot and get behind the manager.