Date: 6th March 2015 at 4:58pm
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Chairman John Berylson has said that everybody at the club appreciates and understands the concerns and frustrations of fans as we close out another season battling for Championship survival.

Quoted on the official site from his Norwich programme notes, our owner explained that nobody wanted another relegation battle but it was what it was, and he has no intention of pushing the panic button at this stage.

‘I think I have now been here long enough for most of you to believe that I too have become a fan to the extent that I feel the pain as much as the rest of you. More than that I have put something like £40m into the club over the last seven or eight years, and continue to support it financially on a monthly basis, so I have an even bigger stake in our success or failure.’

Berylson goes on to say that ‘having spent most of my life’ making huge decisions in business, he’s obviously not afraid of making the difficult decisions but he believes that manager Ian Holloway is the right man for the job despite our struggles this season.

‘The decision I have made, in the best interests of Millwall and not for any other reason, is that we must stick with and support our manager more than ever at the time.’

He goes on to say that when Holloway was appointed, he was appointed as the best man for the job and it was welcomed with almost ‘universal support’ from the fanbase and nobody could see this season coming.

‘None of us, including Ollie, could have conceived just what a problematic season we would endure this time round. Now is not the time for looking into the many reasons why, but one factor is certainly not that we recruited a bad manager.’

The frustration for all is having finished last season on such a high and having begin this season in much the same vein, the speed to which the wheels fell off and that will have to be looked at at a later date.

‘This time last year, under Ollie, we staged a remarkable recovery, remaining unbeaten in our final eight games to escape relegation. The motivational and coaching ability of our manager was the biggest single factor behind that achievement. Ian Holloway still possesses the same qualities now as he did then. While our position is again a perilous one, the judgement I have made is that while he himself retains the belief that he can do it, there is no-one I can think of who would give us a better chance of beating the odds and staying in the Championship again.’

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