Millwall face difficult pre-season as player exodus begins

Chris Taylor

The exodus has begun…

With no manager at the helm it’s been left to CEO Andy Ambler and owner John Berylson to cope with contracts.

Some have been easier then others with Steve Mildenhall and ex player of the year Tamika Mkandawire already gone, but some will be harder…

Danny Shittu is of course now the first player that should be signed up. A captain, leader and a class Championship player. But as each day goes on, the more it feels as if he may have played his last game in a Millwall shirt.

It’s the pessimist side of me, but he’s already signed for QPR in my mind…

And the news has come out this week that Chris Taylor has rejected a new contract and seems to be already heading back up north to Blackburn Rovers.

He was one of our most influential players this season, and his debut at Crystal Palace was one of the best debuts I’ve seen someone have in a ‘Wall shirt.

Let’s cast minds back to last summer. Taylor was signed to a one year deal. Most fans were asking why wasn’t he signed for longer. It’s egg on the face of the club now. Already this year we have lost two of our most influential players on a free transfer.

Now why offer players like Taylor a one year contract. But the likes of invisible midfielder Josh Wright and massive wage thief Dany N’Guessan three year contracts? Madness…

Also, Taylor was given a deadline on when to sign a contract. I’m guessing that Shaun Batt or Danny Shittu have not been given a deadline of when to sign a new deal by?

Let’s just say whoever comes in to the managers hot-seat at the Den will have a big job on his hands.

The club are expected to draw up a shortlist of managers this week. But they keep mentioning about taking there time and being careful about who they pick…

Anyone else think they are waiting for the League One play-off final to be finished, and we will approach the loser out of that?

But to be honest, I’m struggling to see who we could attract? Yes it was confirmed we would have a bigger budget than last year, but still most likely not that big.

We struggled last year big time, because of this we’re mostly likely going to struggle to keep big players.

And let’s be honest, one of the most challenging parts of being at this club is the fans, we’re not a typical group of supporters lets put it that way…

We’ve already lost potential sponsors, who’s to say It won’t happen with mangers…