Millwall boss says ‘cloth will have to be cut accordingly’ as SEVENTEEN players near end of contract
10:17 03 April 2014
Ian Holloway will decide the future of Millwall’s out of contract players after the season is over with 17 players potentially leaving due to their deals expiring or loans ending.
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Simeon Jackson, Stefan Maierhofer, Fede Bessone, Shane Lowry, Lee Martin, David Forde, Jermaine Easter, Jack Smith and Aiden O'Brien are all out of contract in the summer and their futures have been put on hold due to the Lions' relegation scrap.
Andy Keogh, Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter all left the club on loan and their deals are coming to an end in June.
Holloway will also be thinking about what he does over the future of loan players Owen Garvan, Steve Morison, DJ Campbell, Ryan Fredericks and Carlos Edwards.
"I've got a big meeting immediately the season finishes where we'll know where we are," he said.
"I think cloth will have to be cut accordingly.
"What that means to me is every bit of my focus apart from right now is on beating Notts Forest and then I'll move onto the next game.
"If we can do that we can be a force in this division eventually. We can. It's still there.
"Things have got to change. They have to. That's where I am at the moment."
Holloway has regularly maintained that he is at Millwall for the long haul and he is desperate to make his mark on the Lions' style of play.
The first major chance he'll get to do that is in the summer.
"I kid you not there are some big things that are going to have to happen and that's to play the way I want," the Lions boss said.
"If you look at the last few stats our ball retention, in other words the percentage of the passing, has gone down.
"We were comfortably beating teams - we had 69 per cent against Brighton and we lost 1-0.
"I thought we'd better get it forward a little bit earlier. Have our chances on goal.
"Have we created more? I'm not really sure. I don't think so but what I'm saying is if these lads can't do what I'm doing at the minute then take less risks, get it forward, get it in the box.
"If that doesn't work then I can't be blamed for it. If we create chances and not taking them and we get the ball forward earlier and I'm not messing about with it then I can't be blamed for that.
"I'm doing all I can to make sure we get the right results.
"Hopefully the selection I have this weekend will have the right ingredients in the right place to get a win."
Millwall's last win came on March 8 when they picked up a surprise 1-0 victory at promotion chasers Derby County.
The south London outfit were criticised in the aftermath for timewasting and Jack Buxton labelled the Lions softies.
Holloway was incensed by the accusations and pointed out the cost of that game with Danny Shittu ruled out for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury, while Scott Malone picked up a hip injury.
"The last time we had a win I think we played terrifically well," he said.
"We even got criticised after that game for timewasting which was a load of rubbish.
"We actually beat Derby fair and square and could have beaten them by three goals and not just one on my recollection.
"I lost Danny Shittu in that game. He started that game. And Scott Malone and I haven't had him since.
"He had to limp off and I finished the game with 10 men and we still won and we got criticised.
"Derby thought they would just roll us over. I don't understand football sometimes so where I am is fighting to stay up and it's absolutely vital that our fans know that."
Holloway's ultimate dream is to transform Millwall's playing style and make it similar to the Blackpool side that won plenty of friends during their one season in the Premier League.
"[My dream for Milllwall will] be very similar to my Blackpool team and how we rotated and how we moved," he said.