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Man with a plan

16 January 2014

Fan columnist Merv Payne praises Ollie arrival

Merv Payne, fan columnist in The Lion, has described new boss Ian Holloway as a 'man with a plan'.

Ollie oversees his first home game in charge against Ipswich Town on Saturday and Merv, in his matchday programme column for the visit of Mick McCarthy's Tractor Boys, expresses his excitement about what the future may hold.

"I think it's fair to say that out of all the realistic candidates, if Millwall fans could have hand-picked our new manager, Ian Holloway would have been the resounding choice," he writes.

"So if Christmas morning was a bit of a disappointment, perhaps you didn't get what you had hoped for, and Boxing Day turned out to be worse, at least we have an encouraging start to 2014 in a manager that seems to share our energy, passion and enthusiasm.

"Back in December 1982 we were in a far worse position than this when George Graham was given the job of saving Millwall from relegation to the bottom tier.

"Graham stuck to his principles and gradually the tide started to turn in Millwall's favour as everyone at the club recognised the strength that could be garnered merely by sticking together - especially the fans.

"Ian Holloway is a man with a plan. The same way that George Graham was and Kenny Jackett and Mick McCarthy are. Their track records are proof that if you believe in something and stick to it in the face of whatever fate throws at you, and no matter how loud the doubting voices seem to be at times, if we stick together, we can't fail."

There is to plenty more to read in Merv's column in Saturday's edition of The Lion. Our 'Fan's View' page is just one of a number of features which make up your matchday programme for this 2013/14 season. Click here to find out what else is included in Saturday's edition.

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