Ian Holloway sacked as manager of Millwall F.C.

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

Holloway pictured in 2010, while manager of Blackpool F.C..
Image: Brian Minkoff.

Ian Holloway has been sacked as manager of Millwall football club. His sacking, announced on Tuesday, has come after a 1–4 defeat to Norwich City F.C. on March 7. He had managed Millwall since January 2014. Former player Neil Harris has been placed in charge until season's end.

An official statement was released by club chairman John Berylson. He said "This was a hard decision to take because we very much hoped that Ollie would prove to be the man to take us forward and on to the next level. I would like to thank him for his efforts, and in particular for keeping us in the Championship last May." He added "Ian Holloway remains a fine manager and it was his impressive track record which led us to appoint him some 14 months ago. However, our view is that the decision to part company at this stage is in the best interests of the football club going forward."

At the time of Holloway's departure Millwall sat in 23rd position of the Football League Championship, the second tier of English football. They were eight points away from safety. Holloway, 51, was in charge of Millwall for 62 games; during his tenure they won only 14 times, losing 29 and drawing the remaining 19.

Former Millwall player Matt Lawrence spoke to BBC London 94.9 about Holloway's sacking and offered his opinion. He said "I think everybody knew this was coming. Most people are surprised it has taken this long[...] The fans completely turned and the minute you lose the fans your time is up and it is time to move on."