Monday, 3 October 2011

Millen in crisis talks at Bristol City

Dave Jones is favourite to take over from Keith Millen as boss of rock-bottom Bristol City in the wake of this embarrassing collapse.

Millen meets owner Steve Lansdown this week for crunch talks with his future top of the agenda following the 5-0 defeat Blackpool.

He is refusing to quit Ashton Gate, despite seeing his side crumble at Bloomfield Road, but accepts changes may have to be made.

Millen said: “What happens with me is not my decision. I have a good board and chairman and I am sure we will have a discussion and see what is best for the football club.

“There is no question of me walking away though. I have never walked away from anything in my life. I’ll always carry on fighting.’’

Jones has been out of work since being sacked by Cardiff in May, having narrowly failed to take the Bluebirds into the Premier League.

That’s where Blackpool have just come back from, and Ian Holloway’s men look capable of promotion now he’s landed Liverpool’s Jonjo Shelvey on loan.

The midfielder helped set up Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s opener before firing home a brilliant 35-yard free-kick.

Two goals from sub Daniel Bogdanovic and a strike from Brett Ormerod all came in the final seven minutes as Blackpool ran riot.

But it was Shelvey who caught the eye, having ditched a day out at the Merseyside derby to get some first team action.

He said: “I had been in to see Kenny Dalglish to ask him if I could go out on loan to get some games. I felt I needed more football because that was what I was used to at Charlton.

“I had moved from being a big fish in a small pond to a small fish in a big pond and it knocked me back a little bit.

“I wasn’t playing every week and I wasn’t getting chances so I felt I had a little bit to prove here.’’
He did that with a vicious long-range strike that knocked the stuffing out of the Robins.

Shelvey added: “It is the first time I have scored from that range in a game. I do try it in training though.

“I tried to lob the keeper from the half-way line a couple of times at Charlton and hope I can do that here.”

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