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Millwall hold ‘positive’ Den redevelopment talks

Last Updated: 13/02/20 3:31pm

Millwall plan to increase capacity at The Den to 34,000

Millwall plan to increase capacity at The Den to 34,000

Millwall have held "positive" talks with Lewisham Council over plans to redevelop their stadium.

The Sky Bet Championship club last week welcomed the council's decision to terminate a land agreement, which prevented areas surrounding The Den from being sold to property developers.

Lewisham Council owns the freehold of The Den, which is leased to Millwall, and the two parties are now in talks over a new lease agreement.

"We now need to reach agreement with Lewisham Council on the new lease for The Den and adjoining land, the terms of which will be vital in ensuring our plans are viable," Millwall said in a statement on their official website.

"We expressed to the Mayor our wish that advancing the speed of these discussions is urgent and in everyone's interests to unlock the potential of the development for all.

"Once we have agreed a new lease we can prepare our planning application. It is our intention to link with a developer partner and discussions in that respect are well advanced."

2:00 Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Fulham

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Fulham

Millwall had considered relocating from The Den during a long-running dispute with Lewisham Council over the old land sale agreement.

The club plan to expand the stadium to 34,000 seats, build a sports centre for Millwall Community Trust and create "a vibrant new public plaza at the heart of New Bermondsey, providing a valuable amenity for the surrounding community".

Millwall's chief executive Steve Kavanagh added: "It has been a long and at-times difficult journey to this point, but we are delighted with progress now.

"As long as we can secure an appropriate new lease, we can play our part in the growth and development of Millwall Football Club and its community."

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Olowu joins Cork City on loan

WHAT HAPPENED

Despite a strong performance after going down to 10 men, we were denied all three points on the road as Norwich City struck a late equaliser on Wednesday afternoon.

We started brightly and were rewarded when Ben Cottrell took advantage of an error from the Norwich defence, and poked home with the outside of his boot from close range.

The Canaries looked uncomfortable when playing out from the back, and we almost took advantage again when Cottrell led the press, won back the ball and forced Sam Blair into an acrobatic save with an effort from the edge of the area.

On the stroke of half-time the hosts were awarded a penalty when Thomas Dickson-Peters pinched the ball from Miguel Azeez inside the area and went down under a challenge from our midfielder. He then stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Shortly after half time we were reduced to 10 men when, substitute Matthew Dennis was forced off with an injury after Ken Gillard had made all three substitutions.

Despite Dennis’ injury, we were still on top and retook the lead when Sam Greenwood collected the ball inside the box, before teeing up Alfie Matthews to fire an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

In injury time Norwich snatched a point when a free-kick from the edge of the box was blocked, before the ball broke to Zach Dronfield whose effort hit the post and nestled into the back of the net.  

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT?

We next face Brighton & Hove Albion away from home on Saturday, February 29 at 12pm (UK time).

By Sam Cox

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Match report: Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal U-18s

WHAT HAPPENED

Despite a strong performance after going down to 10 men, we were denied all three points on the road as Norwich City struck a late equaliser on Wednesday afternoon.

We started brightly and were rewarded when Ben Cottrell took advantage of an error from the Norwich defence, and poked home with the outside of his boot from close range.

The Canaries looked uncomfortable when playing out from the back, and we almost took advantage again when Cottrell led the press, won back the ball and forced Sam Blair into an acrobatic save with an effort from the edge of the area.

On the stroke of half-time the hosts were awarded a penalty when Thomas Dickson-Peters pinched the ball from Miguel Azeez inside the area and went down under a challenge from our midfielder. He then stepped up and made no mistake from the spot.

Shortly after half time we were reduced to 10 men when, substitute Matthew Dennis was forced off with an injury after Ken Gillard had made all three substitutions.

Despite Dennis’ injury, we were still on top and retook the lead when Sam Greenwood collected the ball inside the box, before teeing up Alfie Matthews to fire an unstoppable effort into the top corner.

In injury time Norwich snatched a point when a free-kick from the edge of the box was blocked, before the ball broke to Zach Dronfield whose effort hit the post and nestled into the back of the net.  

WHAT IT MEANS


WHAT’S NEXT?

We next face Brighton & Hove Albion away from home on Saturday, February 29 at 12pm (UK time).

By Sam Cox

Copyright 2020 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source.

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Match report: Norwich City 2-2 Arsenal U-18s

Ken Gillard was full of praise for Sam Greenwood after he scored twice in our 4-3 FA Youth Cup victory over Brighton & Hove Albion.

In a match that swung back and forth, Greenwood opened the scoring when reacting quickly to slam home a rebounded effort, before keeping his cool by slotting home a penalty on the stroke of half-time.

We spoke to our head coach at full time and this is what he said:

on the performance…
It was a good game, first and foremost. I thought both teams showed some good sides and some bad sides, there were some good goals and it went back and fourth a little bit. I thought we showed great character which is what we asked for, particularly after Saturday because I thought it was a poor result for us. I know there was a lot of changes and we wanted the boys to really put in a shift today and put in an effort, and I thought overall again we had chances, they had chances as well, but I thought we edged it overall. I was really pleased for the lads.

on the character in the side…
They kept going and that’s really important. We tried to talk about the game management and managing it in chunks so every 15 minutes, and different phases of the game. We’re a young side as well and people don’t realise there were young boys out there and Brighton had a lot of second years out there so that will stand them in good stead going forward. We showed good quality as well it wasn’t just character, I thought at times in the first half we cut them open a little bit at times, passed through them really well and took our goals really well. Sam Greenwood upfront I thought played really well, led the line really well for us. He worked tirelessly up there for us and as we had to make substitutions late on, players had to fill in different positions. There were three or four players out of position at the end but that’s all part of it as well, doing a job for the team.

on Sam Greenwood’s performance…
I thought he was very good. I thought his hold up play was very good. He caused them problems, ran in-behind and chased down so he gave a really good performance and took his goals well and he could have had another one as well. Could have had one or two going through but I was really pleased for him because he does work very hard so I’m very pleased for him.

on the tournament so far…
Every game is totally different. I look back over the years and we got beat by Blackburn here recently when Reiss Nelson got sent off after a heavy challenge. That was in the third round, you look at that man for man, that squad and those group of players you thought they were a better squad than this competition. This competition gives you so many different challenges, playing against different types of opposition. The biggest thing for me is that you never know where this competition is going to end up so you have to concentrate on winning the game and it puts a little bit of pressure on them and a lot of it is about development and there is a bit of pressure on them. We wanted them to go and win the game today, which is slightly different than usual because the performances are probably more important than results but in this game today we said ‘we want to go out and win this whatever it takes.’

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Pep Guardiola fears the sack if Manchester City fall to Real Madrid defeat

Pep Guardiola has claimed Manchester City could sack him if they fail to beat Real Madrid in the Champions League.

The Premier League champions face the Spanish giants in the last 16 of this season’s competition with the first leg taking place at the Bernabeu on 26 February.

City sacking Guardiola is an unlikely scenario given his outstanding record at the club, but the former Barcelona boss nevertheless recognises it does exist due to the high expectations at the Etihad Stadium.

Guardiola has won five major trophies with City, including two Premier League titles, but has failed to take the club beyond the quarter-finals of the Champions League in three previous attempts.

Guardiola told Sky Sports: “I want to win the Champions League. I dream (of it) and I will enjoy preparing for the games against Madrid, to see what we can do and this process, two weeks before, will be the happiest moments of my profession, to imagine what we can do to beat them.

“If we don’t beat them, OK, come the chairman or the sport director and say, ‘It’s not good enough, we want the Champions League, I’m going to sack you.’

“OK, (I’d say), ‘Thank you, it was a pleasure’. I don’t know (if this would happen). It has happened many times and could maybe happen.”

Guardiola, who is very demanding in terms of the style of football his teams play, feels it is unfair to judge managers solely on the trophies they win.

He said: “We give a bad, bad message for the new generation, for our kids, to just count the winner, the trophies to win.

“You say the season is a disaster but if you win the Champions League it will be exceptional. Why? It is difficult to win it.

“If you don’t, we can say in more than 100 years of history (there) were 100 failure seasons for Manchester City. That is not true.

“Always the people believe like you are Pep or Jurgen (Klopp), or another name, you have to win all the titles every season and (get) 2,000million points, (score) 2,000million goals.

“Sometimes it is not possible.

“All the times, in no sport, (has) one team won every season all the time. It’s impossible.”

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