Ian Holloway sacked: Struggling Millwall part ways with manager as Lions sit eight points from safety

Neil Harris will take charge until the end of the season

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Struggling Millwall have sacked manager Ian Holloway.

Holloway, 51, had spent little more than a year in the job and Saturday's 4-1 home defeat to Rotherham has left the Londoners second bottom in the Sky Bet Championship, eight points from safety.

Neil Harris has agreed to take charge of the first team until the end of the season as the club begins its search for a permanent replacement.

Millwall chairman John Berylson said: "This was a hard decision to take because we very much hoped that Ollie would prove to be the man to take us forward and on to the next level.

"I would like to thank him for his efforts, and in particular for keeping us in the Championship last May.

"This season, though, has proved to be an extremely challenging one and we now find ourselves facing another uphill battle to avoid relegation.

"Ian Holloway remains a fine manager and it was his impressive track record which led us to appoint him some 14 months ago.

"However, our view is that the decision to part company at this stage is in the best interests of the football club going forward.

"Neil Harris has agreed to take over managerial duties for the remainder of the season and I am confident that Millwall fans will give him every support over the next couple of months as we strive to turn our current run of form around."

Holloway took charge of his seventh club when appointed as Steve Lomas' permanent successor in January 2014 and steered Millwall to safety as they went undefeated in their last eight Championship matches.

That run lifted the club four points above the relegation zone, but the Lions have struggled this season and defeat to Norwich at the weekend was their fourth in a row. Millwall have won only three league games at home this season, the last success at the Den coming in October.

Holloway has cut an increasingly frustrated figure in recent months and admitted that he was not popular among supporters. Lions fans called for his head at the turn of the year when the club was beaten 4-0 at Bradford in an FA Cup replay.

Police are currently investigating crowd trouble that broke out at the away end during the club's defeat at Rotherham at the end of last month, disturbing scenes that Holloway said he had not seen when asked about them in the post-match press conference.

Holloway began his managerial career at Bristol Rovers and then spent five years at QPR before spells at Plymouth, Leicester, Blackpool and Crystal Palace.

In sacking Holloway Millwall have become the 15th Championship club to change their manager this season, with only Rotherham's boss Steve Evans still in his job at clubs currently positioned in the bottom half.