Two defeats in two games this week has all but extinguished any hope of retaining our Championship status. There might still be 11 matches left and it is still possible for us to stay up, but the manner of the defeats has knocked the stuffing out of our club.
We had a real six-pointer match against Rotherham on Saturday and with a rare twist took the lead before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat.
That defeat has gone a long way to convincing even the most optimistic of our supporters, that we won’t be escaping the drop this time.
It’s got to that stage where it looks like manager Ian Holloway can no longer motivate the team. His half time talks in particular don’t seem to be working with us starting the second half against Rotherham slowly, promptly conceding the equaliser.
With disastrous timing, the club then launched the sales of season tickets on Monday with the supporters still reeling from that terrible result in Yorkshire.
Relegation will see a big dent in season ticket sales, but if Holloway remains as manager next season you can only see that hitting sales even more.
Although our club is struggling to compete financially it’s getting to the stage where we can’t afford not to sack the manager. That said, there is not much point in getting rid of Holloway.
Any new manager cannot bring any players in permanently and we have our maximum quota of loan players that can be named in a matchday squad. Probably best to complete the season and then assess what will give us the best opportunity to compete next season.
In what must have been one of the most predictable results of the season we took another pasting at the hands of Middlesbrough at The Riverside on Tuesday night.
The 3-0 defeat just added to the anger at the weekend’s defeat. In an unusual twist Holloway named and unchanged team for the match against 'Boro but it failed to work and you can’t see us getting much joy at home to promotion chasing Norwich City who we play on Saturday.
I fully expect vocal protests against Holloway especially if we suffer another home defeat. Whether that will be enough to see Holloway walk I’m not sure.
Ian Toal is a committee member at Millwall Supporters Club