Millwall sack Ian Holloway and hand reins to Lions legend Neil Harris
Millwall, strongly odds-on at 1/8 with Coral to be relegated this season, have sacked manager Ian Holloway after 14 months in charge at The Den, and legendary former Lions frontman Neil Harris will succeed him for the rest of this season.
Former Crystal Palace and QPR coach Holloway, 51, won just 14 of 62 games in charge (a percentage of just over 22.5). Millwall’s paltry record of just two wins in a dozen league outings in 2015 so far makes them bottom of the form table.
“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,” said Lions chairman John Berylson. “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.”
Only beleaguered Blackpool, who prop up the Championship, sit below Millwall in the standings and their five-year stay at this level is looking like coming to an end.
Under-21 boss Harris once again steps up into the breach as caretaker, having done so last term when Steve Lomas was sacked. He is the Lions’ record scorer, surpassing Teddy Sheringham’s record during his second spell with the club.
Former FA Cup finalists Millwall have struggled since long-serving boss Kenny Jackett (now at 14/1 promotion dark horses Wolves) stood down in the summer of 2013.
Holloway, who steered Palace and Blackpool into the Premier League via dramatic wins in the Championship play-off finals of 2010 and 2013, was unable to reverse this trend. He also counts Leicester City, Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers among his former clubs.
In Harris, notoriously passionate Lions fans have a rallying point as Millwall battle against the odds and the drop.