You’re not scary anymore – Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says a trip to Millwall is not even ‘a sixteenth’ as intimidating as it once was

New Millwall manager Ian Holloway

New Millwall manager Ian Holloway - Credit: Archant

Millwall v Ipswich: New Millwall boss Ian Holloway will get a rousing reception on his home debut today, but Ipswich Town have no fears about going into the Lions’ Den.

So says Blues boss Mick McCarthy, a man who knows all about the south London club having started his own managerial career there as a 32-year-old in 1992.

Millwall are just one point above the Championship relegation zone at present following a seven-game winless streak. Charismatic and experienced manager Holloway is bound to lift his players though, with his side putting in a spirited performance for his first game in charge last weekend – eventually going down 1-0 at Huddersfield courtesy of a last minute goal.

“It’s a real passionate club and Ollie will tap into that and try and make the atmosphere even more vociferous,” said McCarthy, who led the Lions to the play-off semi-finals in 1994 before taking the Republic of Ireland job.

“He’ll buy into what they are as a club and if they get some results I think they’ll buy into him.


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“He’ll try and generate the atmosphere that the Den can create. We all try and make our home ground intimidating and it is what it is there.

“Listen, it’s not a half, a quarter, even a sixteenth as intimidating as the old Den though, let me tell you. It can be a great atmosphere still there, but the old Den was something else in terms of scaring the opposition.”

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Town are looking to quickly get back on track today after their own nine-game unbeaten run was brought to a grinding halt; last weekend’s 3-1 home defeat to QPR seeing them drop out of the play-off places before Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat at League One side Preston ended their FA Cup interest at the third round replay stage.

“Millwall are a club I normally have feelings for because they took me on as a player and gave me my first job in management. It was a great opportunity for me to get the player manager’s job at 32 years of age. It was a great grounding and experience for me and helped me become the manager that I am.

“I’ll have no feelings for them whatsoever this weekend though. I want to go there and win.”

– Follow @Stuart_Watson on Twitter for live match updates.

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