Ian Holloway is the new manager of Millwall FC
After leading two clubs to Premier League promotion, Millwall will be hoping that Ian Holloway can do the same after the former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at The Den.
January 6th, 2014
The first priority for Holloway will be keeping the Lions afloat in the Championship, with the South London side sitting 21st in the table and the team suffered a humiliating defeat at Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday when losing 4-1.
Holloway had been out of work for three months since departing Crystal Palace although the fact that he steered the Eagles into the top flight having previously done the same with Blackpool clearly resonated with the Millwall board.
The 50-year-old replaces Steve Lomas at Millwall following the latter’s unsuccessful stint at the club, with the Northern Irishman failing to get the fans onside after a series of disappointing results and the fact that he has West Ham playing connections.
Millwall’s first game under Holloway takes place at Huddersfield on Saturday, while three consecutive home matches against Ipswich, Sheffield Wednesday and Reading represent an ideal opportunity to work their way from the foot of the Championship.
Holloway’s departure from Crystal Palace was an odd one, with the manager feeling as though he couldn’t go any further with the London outfit, although he clearly sees an opportunity to make a mark with Millwall instead.
He took Blackpool into the play-offs against the odds in 2010 before steering them into the top flight and took the same route with Palace last term, although Millwall have somewhat more modest ambitions, having reached the Championship under Kenny Jackett before the latter departed for Wolves last summer.