Sadly our friends from Bermondsey finally pulled the plug this morning on Ian ‘Ollie’ Holloway after six defeats in seven games has left them 8 points adrift of safety.
Only on Saturday Millwall owner John Berylson said “The decision I have made, in the best interests of Millwall and not for any other reason, is that we must stick with and support our manager more than ever at this time. I don’t believe that a change of manager would lead to different results.” Three days later Holloway who sounded and looked a spent force has gone, and will be replaced by first team coach Neil Harris.
Harris is widely popular with Millwall fans, and is the club’s record goalscorer. He was last in caretaker charge of The Lions when Steve Lomas was sacked, when he drew one and lost three of his games with Scott Fitzgerald before Holloway took over.
It was said that Berylson did not have the funds to pay off Holloway who had about 16 months left on his contract but I expect it wasn’t the money, but the desire to see Holloway succeed. I wonder now when and where Holloway might appear next but remember he did promote his previous two clubs to the Premier League, something that was a big attraction to Berylson and Millwall’s fans, who welcomed him like Addicks’ welcomed Alan Pardew.
There are 10 games left, one against us, which is a given, but a year ago The Lions were in the same points position but there were plenty of other relegation candidates. Charlton were bottom, albeit with 4 games in hand over Millwall, then there was Barnsley, Yeovil, Doncaster, Blackpool and Birmingham, who were falling like a rock.
My Millwall mate is resigned to the drop and the escape route looks much tougher to navigate this season, with less candidates, a bigger point differential and I would say nearer 50 points a requirement. Harris wasn’t working any real magic from the bench, but with a rapidly flummoxed Holloway out of the way, you never know.