Millwall sack Ian Holloway after six straight defeats

Manager only took position on a year ago having left Crystal Palace by mutual consent

Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA

Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway. Photograph: Richard Sellers/PA

 

Struggling Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway.

Holloway, 51, had spent little more than a year in the job and Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Rotherham has left the Londoners second bottom in the Sky Bet Championship, eight points from safety.

Neil Harris has agreed to take charge of the first team until the end of the season as the club begins its search for a permanent replacement.

Millwall chairman John Berylson 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.

“This season, though, has proved to be an extremely challenging one and we now find ourselves facing another uphill battle to avoid relegation.

“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.

“Neil Harris has agreed to take over managerial duties for the remainder of the season and I am confident that Millwall fans will give him every support over the next couple of months as we strive to turn our current run of form around.”

Millwall had gone six games without a win in the championship, and so for Holloway who guided Crystal Palace to promotion from the same division just two years before leaving the club ‘by mutual consent’ a year later, it’s the end of the line in East London.

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