Passion of owners key for Holloway

Ian Holloway has revealed the passion of Millwall's owners convinced him to end his short managerial exile.

The Bristolian departed his role as manager of Premier League side Crystal Palace in October, citing a lack of energy and tiredness as reasons for his exit.

Less than three months later, however, Holloway has returned with Championship outfit Millwall, having been made to feel "wanted" by the club.

"I wasn't planning coming back (into management) now; I was planning on waiting until the summer," he said.

"I was blown away with a couple of things - the passion they (Millwall's owners) have got for the club and how much they felt I was the right man for the club. I'm not used to that, to be honest.

"They also told me Plan A was me, Plan B was me and Plan C was me - it's nice to be wanted."

Millwall are currently one point above the Championship relegation zone in 21st position.

Holloway acknowledges his first priority is to stave off the threat of the drop, but has his sights set on a promotion push in the long term.

He added: "The initial task is to keep us up, and then hopefully to get us up. I want to do it in a way that we can all be proud of.

"I learnt from my time at Leicester City (that) I might not be able to stop it (relegation). I'm going to try my best, mop up and take it where I want to go.

"I can't wait to get started with this set of supporters. I want the players to respond to their passion.

"We have a duty to them to play with pride and a passion that they deserve. That's our starting point."