Can the Lions survive again?…
After losing the safe pair of hands that were Kenny Jackett last summer, Millwall came very close to relegation last season finally securing their safety with a 1-0 victory over Bournemouth on the final day of the season. Steve Lomas was appointed as Jackett’s replacement last summer but things never worked out at The Den for him. After losing their first three games and not winning until mid-September Millwall were always playing catch up and never quite managed to get themselves out of relegation trouble. Things came to a head for Lomas after a disappointing series of results in December culminated in a 4-0 boxing day defeat at Watford. He was sacked later that evening and eventually succeeded by Ian Holloway in January. He struggled to make an immediate impact and by the end of the March Millwall were cut adrift in the relegation zone and seemingly relegated. However, they then produced a remarkable set of results against a number of promotion contenders going unbeaten in their last seven games winning four of them. Impressive away victories at promotion challenging Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic provided the catalyst for their great escape.
If there is one thing Ian Holloway knows how to do it is manage in the Championship. After a long playing career in English football, Holloway made his name as a manager at Bristol Rovers and Queen’s Park Rangers. He bounced back from a difficult spell as Leicester manager by achieving the remarkable feat of taking Blackpool to the Premiership before repeating the feat with Crystal Palace in 2013. After deciding his skills weren’t best suited to keeping Palace up in the top division he left by mutual consent last October before taking the reigns at The Den this January.
In: Carlos Edwards (Ipswich Town), Lee Gregory (Halifax Town), Byron Webster (Yeovil Town), Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool), Magaye Gueye (Everton), Matthew Briggs (Fulham)
Out: Liam Trotter, Liam Feeney (Bolton Wanderes), Jack Smith (AFC Wimbledon), Shane Lowry (Leyton Orient), Andy Keogh (Released)
Having just survived last season Millwall will want to re-establish themselves as a solid team in the Championship under Ian Holloway’s guidance. On the face of it the Lions should struggle again having made no standout additions to their squad over the summer. That said, Holloway has a habit of helping smaller teams over achieve in the Championship and if they can restore the Den to the hostile and intimidating ground it can be then they could finish comfortably in the lower half of the table.