Holloway appointed new Millwall boss

The former Crystal Palace manager has agreed a deal to take over at the New Den and succeed the sacked Steve Lomas, who left the club on Boxing Day
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Ian Holloway has agreed a deal to become Millwall's new manager, the club have confirmed.

Holloway, who stepped down as Crystal Palace boss last October, will fill the vacancy at the relegation-threatened Championship club following the departure of Steve Lomas, who was sacked on Boxing Day.

Holloway impressed the Millwall hierarchy with his fine record in the second tier, which includes promotion campaigns with Blackpool and Palace.

The 50-year-old former midfielder, who lives in the leafy Kent town of Westerham, makes a quick return to south London.

He left Selhurst Park by mutual consent on October 23 after admitting he was not up to the task of keeping the London club in the Premier League.

"This club needs an impetus of energy," Holloway said in his farewell press conference. "But I just feel tired, to be honest. I'm worn out. Someone new coming in now with a tad more experience at this level will have 30 games left. I'm proud to have been involved with Palace and I wouldn't want to out-wear my welcome."

Speaking recently, Holloway said he felt refreshed after his break and was ready to re-enter management.

"I am back and ready to go," he said. "As a manager you have a briefcase and you are willing to travel. It is getting the right chairman. I want to play a certain way and help a club progress."