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John Berylson: We must stick together

6 March 2015

Chairman John's message ahead of Norwich City game

Lions chairman John Berylson says he understands shares the frustration of everyone connected with the club at the prospect of another relegation battle, but has no intention of pushing the panic button.

Speaking exclusively to The Lion, the matchday programme for Saturday's visit of Norwich City to The Den, John explained:  "More than that I have put something like £40m into the club over the last seven or eight years, and continue to support it financially on a monthly basis, so I have an even bigger stake in our success or failure.

"I think I have now been here long enough for most of you (Millwall supporters) to believe that I too have become a fan to the extent that I feel the pain as much as the rest of you.

"Having spent most of my life making big decisions on many fronts, I am certainly not afraid to do that now, and the decision I have made, in the best interests of Millwall Football Club and not for any other reason, is that we must stick with and support our manager more than ever at this time.

"When we appointed Ian Holloway, we did so because he was the best man out there for this job, and I think the support for that decision from amongst our fanbase was almost universal at the time.

"None of us, including Ollie, could have conceived just what a problematic season we would endure this time round. Now is not the time for looking into the many reasons why, but one factor is certainly not that we recruited a bad manager.

"This time last year, under Ollie, we staged a remarkable recovery, remaining unbeaten in our final eight games to escape relegation. The motivational and coaching ability of our manager was the biggest single factor behind that achievement.

"Ian Holloway still possesses the same qualities now as he did then. While our position is again a perilous one, the judgement I have made is that while he himself retains the belief that he can do it, there is no-one I can think of who would give us a better chance of beating the odds and staying in the Championship again."

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