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Fans Forum: Dunney confirmed as Millwall captain

7 August 2014

Plenty more from Ollie on Thursday night

Ian Holloway tonight confirmed that Alan Dunne has been handed the captain's armband and will proudly lead out Millwall for Saturday's long-awaited Championship opener at home to Leeds United.

Speaking at Thursday night's MSC Fans Forum at The Den, boss Ollie ended all the speculation when he said that Dunney was the right man for the job having skippered the the team to an eight-game unbeaten run that secured Championship survival last season.

"He cares; he wants to win more than anyone; he wants the ball; he can play with his left foot or his right; he and Nicky Bailey in that game at Nottingham Forest were magnificent. That set the tone and we stayed in this division," said Ollie.

Ollie clearly enjoyed his first ever Fans Forum as Millwall manager, and made a big impression as he answered questions openly, honestly and at times with a touch of humour. However, the underlying theme throughout was serious - he has a clear vision of where he wants to take the club and stressed just how important the fans will be in helping make that happen.

"Stronger Together, that's the slogan our Commercial Team have come up with and that's what it's all about," he said. "From the end of last season to now we haven't been beaten in 14 games and I want you (our fans) to be patient and encourage the players we've got. Don't discount the lads I have inherited because the response I've got from them has been great.

"I believe in myself, I believe in my players and I believe in you. I am a people person and I want to make the players here better, then they will be better Millwall players. I want to win with style and the rest of the world to say 'look at Millwall'. Then it's happy days for all of us."

Thursday night's Forum was split into two halves with Ollie joined by Chief Executive Andy Ambler, Fan on the Board Pete Garston and MSC Chairman Bob Asprey, who chaired proceedings.

There were a wide range of questions put forward from the floor with each answer listened to intently by a captivated audience.

Topics ranged from a possible return for Tim Cahill to Paul Robinson's loan move to Portsmouth, to fitness levels, the new faces brought in and the improvement in facilities both at The Den and training ground.

However, the overriding theme was that Ollie is at a club he loves, with a Chairman, Chief Executive and Board he holds in the highest esteem along with a set of supporters he wants to be the energy and driving force pushing the club up to the Premier League.

"A football club is about energy. We have to keep it pulsating and growing," he said. "I guarantee that this club will get stronger and stronger, and that people will look at it in a different light.

"I don't just want to build one team here, I want to be around long enough to build four or more. I want to leave behind a legacy for all of you."

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