Millwall to unveil Ian Holloway as their new manager

Former Crystal Palace boss to return to South London with Championship strugglers

Ian Holloway is set to return to football as Millwall manager, following a three-month absence from the game, according to Sky Sports.

The former Blackpool and QPR boss quit Crystal Palace in October following their poor start to the season, and indicated that he felt the players were no longer behind him.

Millwall sacked Steve Lomas last month, who himself had only taken over from Kenny Jackett in the summer, following a difficult first half of the season.

The Lions are currently 21st in the Championship, only one point clear of the relegation zone, and they were crushed 4-1 by League Two Southend in the FA Cup on Saturday. They have not won in six games.

Holloway’s first fixtures in charge will be away to Huddersfield this Saturday and at home to Ipswich on the 18th January, before a crucial clash at home to fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

The Bristol-born manager is a popular figure in football for his comical and somewhat eccentric quotes, as well as his strong west-country accent, but he has a proven track record of success at Championship level.

In recent years he has achieved promotion via the play-offs with Blackpool in 2010 and Palace in 2013, and was unfortunate to miss out on a second promotion with Blackpool in 2012 when they lost the play-off final 2-1 to West Ham United at Wembley.

Holloway has tried to play attacking football at many of his club sides but will need to address Millwall’s leaky defence.

The South Bermondsey club have the worst defence in the Championship this season, conceding 49 goals in 24 games, seven more than bottom-placed Barnsley.

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