Wednesday 17 January 2018

Lomas axe throws Forde's Millwall future up in the air

Millwall Manager Steve Lomas has been sacked after six months in charge following a poor result against Watford today
Millwall Manager Steve Lomas has been sacked after six months in charge following a poor result against Watford today
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

DAVID FORDE'S decision on his Millwall future could be delayed further after manager Steve Lomas was sacked following their drubbing at Watford.

Former Northern Ireland international Lomas was shown the door following a dreadful performance from his team in a 4-0 defeat which pushed the Lions closer to the relegation zone.

Forde is out of contract at the end of the season, with Crystal Palace and Celtic eyeing up his situation.

Millwall are keen to keep Forde but they will have to review offers with the imminent arrival of a new boss. The Galwegian has to decide whether to accept a Millwall contract or push for a January switch. Otherwise, he will wait until the summer to consider his options.

It was a better St Stephen's Day for two other Irish netminders in the Championship, with Darren Randolph impressing as Birmingham earned a scoreless draw at Wigan and Shay Given producing two outstanding stops as Middlesbrough eked out a 1-0 victory over Burnley.

Middlesbrough want to extend Given's loan period for another month, but they could face January competition from Swansea, with the Donegal man a possible contender for an international return.

Martin O'Neill had a wasted trip to London yesterday as Shane Long missed West Brom's draw with Spurs due to a thigh problem.

Steven Reid did play for the Baggies but he will not be coming out of international retirement.

Roy Keane took in a pair of matches, firstly watching his fellow Corkman Damien Delaney contribute to Crystal Palace's shock triumph at Ciaran Clark's Aston Villa before heading down the road to Nottingham, where he saw Andy Reid score in Forest's 2-0 win over Richard Dunne's QPR.

Irish Independent

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