Ian Holloway has been confirmed as the new manager of Championship side Millwall, having left his post at Crystal Palace earlier this season.
The 50-year-old led the Eagles to the Premier League last term, but after a disappointing start to life in the top-flight, he announced his resignation in October. He was always expected to make a return to the game in the near future, though, and on Monday he signed a two-and-a-half year contract with the Lions.
Millwall sacked Steve Lomas on Boxing Day due to their poor campaign, which currently sees them lying just one place and one point above the relegation places. Holloway will be charged with the task of keeping the Londoners in the second-tier this season, before regrouping and identifying a new target during the summer.
And the Kingswood-born manager, who has also bossed Bristol Rovers, Queens Park Rangers, Plymouth Argyle, Leicester City and Blackpool, has been told he will have cash to spend to boost his squad during the current transfer window.
“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,” chairman John Berylson told the official club website.
“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.”