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Championship: Millwall confirm former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway as new boss

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Millwall have confirmed the appointment of former Blackpool and Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway as their new manager.

Holloway has been out of work since he left Crystal Palace in October, after a bad start to the season left him feeling the need to step aside, a decision the club agreed to. He had led the club to the Premier League the previous season.

Holloway has agreed terms on a two-and-a-half-year deal with Millwall and is set to take charge later this week, replacing Steve Lomas, who was sacked on Boxing Day.

The club haven't won any of their subsequent three games under caretaker manager Neil Harris, and were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend by League Two Southend United.

They are currently 21st in the Championship table.

Speaking to the club's official website, chairman John Berylson said "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Holloway as our new manager."

"The fact that we have been able to attract someone of Ian's calibre and track record is testament to the fact that he shares our view of the potential we have to progress as a club and to move forward."

"In our determination to bring Ian in on a two-and-a-half-year contract, we have demonstrated both the level of our ambition and commitment towards re-establishing ourselves as a competitive Championship club, and in due course challenging towards the top end of this division."

"We are under no illusions that our first priority under Ian's leadership is to ensure we maintain our Championship status. The new manager inherits an experienced and talented squad that has not been playing to its potential so far this season. He will receive the backing of the board to strengthen as he deems necessary."

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