The Lions' Roar: Relegation worries a reality for Millwall

IanToal.jpgBy Ian Toal, Millwall Supporters Club.

We are definitely in a relegation battle now after our defeat at Ashton Gate against fellow strugglers Bristol City last night.

It's amazing how quickly things change. On Boxing Day we beat Portsmouth by a single goal in a close game.

We were looking forward to the derby against Crystal Palace, but in a disappointing 1-0 home defeat we were toothless in attack.

We came unstuck by the same score at Bristol, agonisingly conceding in the 93rd minute after we thought we had secured an important away point.

The truth is we have been near the relegation zone for most of this season but until now there has been strong belief we would start to string some results together and move up the table.

That belief has disappeared from the majority of our supporters and if you followed everything posted on facebook and other message boards we are nailed-on certainties for relegation.

Although our position is deeply concerning a positive is we still have time to turn things around. We are not cut adrift from other teams in the relegation zone, but we need to start picking up points soon or we could find ourselves in that position.

Kenny Jackett has tried lots of different personnel to arrest the decline. So much so, quite a few supporters are starting to ask whether he has lost the plot. I don't believe that is true.

You don't become a bad manager overnight. It is more likely Jackett can see the problems in the team and is trying to change things round normally following a defeat, to give an opportunity to other players to see who can provide that spark and that drive to get positive results.

Jackett has been our best manager in the last 20 years and given his success he deserves time to turn things round. In my opinion to change the manager now would only increase our chances of relegation.

I don't normally advocate a chairman dipping into his own pocket to buy player when the club is consistently running at a loss like we do, but it is increasingly looking like we need John Berylson to provide some funds for Jackett to use before it is too late.

Berylson recently said funds will be made available, we just hope they are sufficient for Jackett to bring in the quality required. Getting relegated to League One will almost certainly cost more in lost revenue than the outlay required to keep us up.

Our form is so bad this weekend's short trip to Dagenham & Redbridge in the FA Cup third round is looking like a real banana skin. Being optimistic, a victory might give us the lift we need before getting back to important league action.