Millwall remain in the hunt for a new manager following the departure of Neil Harris last week after a disappointing start to the Championship season.
The 42-year-old ended his four-year reign at The Den when he stepped down from his position on Thursday evening with Millwall having failed to win any of his last seven matches at the club.
The Lions went on to secure a 2-1 victory over Leeds on the weekend with Adam Barrett in temporary charge, but Millwall chairman John Berylson is looking elsewhere for the new main man with Roy Keane and Gary Rowett reportedly under consideration.
Former Lions boss Ian Holloway has now taken to Twitter to praise Berylson for the job he is doing at Millwall. Holloway worked under the American as the club’s manager between 2014 and 2015, with this ending in him being sacked for the first time in his career.
But when asked who was the best chairman he worked under, Holloway still responded by giving Berylson’s name and then described him as a “fantastic man”.
I think John Berylson at Millwall. He's a fantastic man and I really liked him. https://t.co/3ElR983K90
— Ian Holloway (@IanOllie7) October 8, 2019
Holloway managed the Bermondsey outfit for 62 matches between January 2014 and March 2015, during which time he only managed to secure 14 victories for his side which resulted in his sacking.
The former Blackpool manager’s departure eventually paved the way for Harris to take over as boss the following summer, with the 42-year-old being Berylson’s fourth permanent appointment since he took over at the club in 2007.
This is perhaps a surprising comment from Holloway given his stint at Millwall ended with him being sacked, but this shows that he holds no hard feelings with Berylson over the decision.
It is clear that Berylson would only make such a decision in the best interests of the club, and the success Millwall enjoyed under Harris following Holloway’s departure shows he made the right call.
It certainly appears that Berylson is a good chairman for a manager to work under as he seemed to have a good working relationship with Harris, with the pair guiding Millwall towards Championship stability over the course of the four years.
It will be interesting to see which direction Berylson now decides to take the club following the departure of such a popular figure in Harris, as his successor may well have his work cut out to win over the fan base.