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'Hard decision' to dismiss Ian Holloway - Millwall chairman

10 March 2015

Millwall Chairman John Berylson says that parting company with manager Ian Holloway was a hard decision.

Holloway leaves the Lions second from bottom in the Sky Bet Championship, having secured just seven wins this campaign.

The 51-year-old took charge at the Den in January 2013 and helped them escape the clutches of relegation last season, but has now been replaced by Neil Harris for the remainder of the season.

"This was a hard decision to take because we very much hoped that Ollie [Holloway] would prove to be the man to take us forward and on to the next level," Berylson said.

"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."

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