Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blame Us for Spackman's Sacking

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blame Us for Spackman's Sacking

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Byline: SIMON JOHNSON

Millwall 1 Brentford 1

MILLWALL midfielder Alan Dunne today admitted he was shocked at the sacking of Nigel Spackman as manager and insisted the players were to blame for the club's poor start to the season.

Spackman left the club by mutual consent on Monday after just 12 games in charge, with Millwall second bottom in league One.

Chairman Stewart Till gave an explanation in his programme notes for last night's match against Brentford, saying: "It is unacceptable that club of Millwall's size and ambitions should be languishing at the foot of League One with nearly a quarter of the season gone.

"We would have liked to have given Nigel more time but the danger is that another month could have gone by and we'd have lost touch with the clubs above the relegation zone."

But Dunne feels Spackman should have been given more games to turn things around. He said: "We respect Nigel, we're disappointed he left.

We didn't think it was his time to go.

"We were playing well under him but just couldn't get the results. We have dominated teams without scoring and our opponents have taken their first chance.

"The players have to take responsibility, we let him down. The manager took a lot of stick but the players have to take the blame. We had a squad of 20 players and we underachieved, we didn't produce the standard we should.

"A few of the lads gave him a call to wish him all the best and he wished us all the best. We will do what we can to do well this season, and do it for him as well as the new boss."

Dunne and his team-mates have already started to live up to their end of the bargain after showing character to come from behind to get a point against London rivals Brentford.

Leroy Rosenior's side looked in control after Jo Kuffour crossed for Callum Willock to head them in front after 13 minutes and only a great save from Lenny Pidgeley prevented Karleigh Osborne from putting Brentford further ahead four minutes later. …

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