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Honoured to be here

7 January 2014

Ollie excited about the task at hand

Ian Holloway says he is 'honoured' to have been appointed Millwall's new first team manager.

Ollie visited the training ground for the first time on Tuesday morning where he addressed the players before casting his eye over training ahead of Saturday's Championship trip to Huddersfield Town, and the 50-year-old, speaking to Lions Player, says a former Millwall manager played a big part in his move to the club.

"I'm delighted to be here," he said. "I was out of work and got a phone call from a fantastic friend of mine in Kenny Jackett. He recommended that I speak to Andy Ambler and John Berylson. I asked him why, and he told me what kind of people they are.

"I met Andy on Thursday and John on Friday, and I was completely blown away for lots of reasons. Everything they want for the club completely mirrored how I feel. I've never felt so wanted in my whole life."

With just three days between now and the trip to the face Mark Robins' Terriers, Ollie has instantly set about instilling his beliefs on the way the game should be played to his players.

"I love the game - it's an art form - and you've got to believe in what you're trying to do," he said.

"I want them (the players) to enjoy coming to work. When you're getting beat it's not fun, and I want to enjoy my life. That's what I've told them. It's all about enjoyment and encouragement. They looked a bit down after last weekend so let's see what we can do."

The Lions head into Saturday's game just one point above the Championship relegation zone but the new boss believes that there is enough quality in the squad to turn their fortunes around.

"It's a tough division but I look around that dressing room and there's some fantastic talent," he told Lions Player.

"Hopefully we can stop losing; that's the first thing. I'll try and galvanise them into a way of playing - a Millwall way of hard work and effort. Kenny did a fantastic job to get the lads up and we've had some changes which don't always work.

"It's a new group with lots of changes, but a fresh voice in me might help them a little bit. I want them to enjoy their football and start getting some results under their belts."

Click here to view Ollie's interview in full.

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