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Ollie - my patience has run out

16 January 2015

Big changes afoot ahead of Ipswich game

On the eve of Millwall's Championship clash with Ipswich Town at The Den on Saturday, Lions boss Ian Holloway says he has lost patience with players who have failed to produce in recent games, and indicates there are significant changes afoot.

He said: "I didn't like what I saw on Wednesday night at all. Quite often ten men can respond to adversity and put in a performance full of passion and pride. But that didn't happen and it was the worst I've ever seen I think from a team of mine.

"So this is the time for action and I, along with the chairman and Andy Ambler, am going to make as many changes as possible to give our fans the type of team they want to see play.

"We're going to make some decisions to change this around - it's what I'm paid to do. The atmosphere around the place has gone right back to how it was before arrived.

"I've been brought here to make sure we have a team that works hard, keeps fighting and always does a stint. This is my Millwall now, and if there are people just content to see out their contracts they're messing with the wrong person.

"I can only say I apologise for the other night because I have never seen one of my teams capitulate like that. There was only one player who came out with any credit who will be out of contract. The supporters will probably know who that was and won't be surprised. I'm sure he will be rewarded in due course.

"I just want what you want - a team that works its socks off and believes they can win even when the odds are against them, not one that capitulates and gives in.

"I want to see some new faces in with a fresh attitude. A few weeks ago we appeared to have a bit about us, to come back from two or three behind in games, albeit you could argue we shouldn't have been so far behind in the first place.

"Clearly we need to look at our back line and bring some people in to freshen that up because we've got to stop goals going in, and then look at other areas. I think you'll see in the next couple of weeks that we will bring things to a conclusion for all those out of contract and waiting for a decision.

"Before the other night I thought I saw a glimmer of hope that some of them did want to prove something, but enough is enough, and if the prize at stake at Bradford wasn't enough for them to do what was needed, to adjust to losing a player and respond with some pride and passion, then there is something fundamentally wrong with them.

"I'm now going to use my experience of 19 years as a manager to get some players here who will be proud to wear the Millwall shirt."

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