The trapdoor finally opened for Millwall tonight as Rotherham beat Reading 2-1 to end the Lions 5-year stay in The Championship. Wigan, FA Cup winners two seasons ago are also relegated to League One.
Relegation for Millwall didn’t happen suddenly, the Lions have been treading water for a long while. This despite John Berylson backing Steve Lomas and Ian Holloway with the two biggest wagerolls in the club’s history. What Millwall fans want to hear now is that the American is going to stick with it.
Berylson stuck with Ian Holloway until the middle of March, an honourable but miscalclated gamble as the stress finally did for the likeable, but increasingly bewildered looking Holloway, who the fans had long turned on.
Long before March, all around them club’s sacked their managers, with differing results it has to be said, but Blackpool, Wigan, Fulham, Brighton, Bolton, Charlton, Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff all moved a lot quicker than Berylson to make a change.
Neil Harris did his best to restore some pride with a couple of battling performances, and of course 3 points from us, but the squad, large and cumbersome, lacked quality and goals.
I am not sure Harris is the answer, but I won’t be losing any sleep over that, and League One, perpetually hard to get out off, upwards anyway, will at least allow Millwall the chance to regroup at their natural level.
It also brings into play 6 points next season that we never look like getting a fraction off when we are in the same division as our historical rivals. It will be weird again without a local rival to play against, but I think I can deal with it.