In essence, Millwall were an early, albeit less dramatic precursor to Leeds United: they didn’t just desire promotion to the Premier League, their liabilities made it a necessity. From a footballing perspective, Kulkov and Yuran characterised that lack of financial control at its worst.June 28, 2019
In 1990, Millwall were relegated from the old First Division. Six years later, they suffered a second relegation to English football’s third-tier. Months before that second demotion, they’d pulled off what had been thought a transfer-coup, completing the loan signings of Vasili Kulkov and Sergei Yuran, two Russian internationals, from Spartak Moscow.
Within a year, they’d be in administration and they become an early caveat of the cost of chasing the Premier League dream.