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Holloway: "I'm so excited"

17 January 2014

New boss relishing Den debut

Ian Holloway is counting down the minutes until he takes his place in the 'home' dug-out at The Den for the very first time as Millwall manager.

Ollie is now 12 days into his job in SE16 and the visit of Ipswich Town on Saturday, managed by his great friend Mick McCarthy, sees the new Lions boss meet the home fans - and he can't wait.

"I am very excited," said Ollie. "I can't wait for my first chance to say 'Hello' to our fans. It's fantastic and I can't wait to begin life with this set of supporters.

I want the players to respond to their passion. We have a duty to them to play with pride and a passion that they deserve. That is our starting point."

Ollie is also looking for a response from his charges as The Lions look to put the heartbreak of losing to a last-minute goal at Huddersfield Town firmly behind them and record a much-needed first win in eight games against Ipswich.

"I want to see an improvement on last weekend, how we attack, how many chances we have, how many crosses we get in the box and the delivery of our set-pieces," he stressed.

"We've got to be up for it, in their face. I think I know what they do and how well they do it, but there are a couple of things we will target and are good at. We are working towards a game plan. Last week was a case of having to batten down the hatches, this week is going to be very different."

Speaking about former Lions boss Mick, Ollie added: "He is what he is. He says it as it is and I absolutely love the bloke.

Look at what he did at Ipswich - they had eight points when he took over and look where they finished and where they are now. It's brilliant what he's done there and I've got all the time in the world for him - apart from this weekend!"

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A full interview with Ollie is on Lions Player click here to subscribe and also don't miss a fantastic interview in Saturday's matchday programme the Lion, costing just £3.

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