Berylson: Harris can restore "pride and heart" at Millwall

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MILLWALL chairman John Berylson believes new manager Neil Harris can bring "pride, heart and character" back to The Den.

Lions legend Harris has been put in charge of first-team affairs for the final ten games of the season and will be considered for the job on a full-time basis if he does well.

Harris wants to give fans "Millwall-style performances" as the club battles relegation but, with the club eight points adrift of safety, is not promising that he can save them.

But Berylson says Harris' first priority is to restore the Lions' fighting spirit and rebuild confidence in the dressing room.

"I want to see pride, heart and character in our last ten games – we haven't seen a lot of that this season," Berylson told the Southwark News.

"We haven't seen a lot of what makes us enjoy Millwall. I think Neil can bring that back with his enthusiasm and attitude."

Harris shared the reins with Scott Fitzgerald during a three-game spell as co-caretaker last season but, this time around, has the top job to himself.

"Neil dreaded doing this last year and wanted to be back coaching the U21s as soon as possible," added Berylson.

"But now he's made it very clear he wants to be in charge and we'll see what happens at the end of the season.

"Is he potentially a strong candidate? I guess he is – and we won't be interviewing anyone else at the moment.

"He's our manager for the next ten games and has got my full support. What impressed me this time was his approach to the challenge – he's embraced it and is looking forward to it.

"This is a different Neil Harris compared to a year-and-a-half ago in terms of relishing the responsibility.

"He has much more self-confidence, he knows the team and the young players, and now he has a vision for what he wants to achieve.

"He loves Millwall, and I like the youth and energy he brings to it.

"Our biggest weakness this season has been scoring goals and Neil was an excellent striker, and that point wasn't lost on me."

Harris, who will take charge of the Lions for the first time against Bolton this weekend, will consider making tactical changes from Ian Holloway's regime.

He told Lions Player: "There is lots to look at between now and Saturday. Certain people will be given an opportunity to grab a shirt and play.

"Will I tinker with the style of play? Possibly. I'll try and put some Millwall-style beliefs in them and the way we are going to play.

"It starts Saturday at Bolton, which is a very difficult game but one we will look forward to."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

65 thoughts on “Berylson: Harris can restore "pride and heart" at Millwall

  • March 12, 2015 at 09:23
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    Harris can restore pride,But it will not happen over night.10 games left and we all need to get behind harris and the players I know its a massive ask but we are 8 points a drift lets see what happens Saturday it would be nice to have a good run now good luck chopper

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    • March 12, 2015 at 18:23
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      @colin66: harris isnt a super manager but he know how to play it simple like on saturday against bolton they will have heskey and the only man to mark him is Shittu and olly probaly would have put out dunne but come on you lions and if he keeps it simple then i can see a miracle happening

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:25
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    I think JB will have to define what "if Harris does well" actually means. That's a very broad statement.

    I'm not sure the team is good enough to stay up but we've got a fighting chance now that IH has gone.

    I think Harris will do well for us for this short period as hhopefully they'll be a bit more fight in the team. It doesn't matter if we stay up or go down Harris will always be a legend!

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    • March 12, 2015 at 09:41
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      @southlondon1885: Fully agree the material he has at his disposal is not fully fit for purpose, this has happened over the last 3 years and was not really addressed by the board in all that time, giving contracts to complete hasbeen's and wage thief's loanees when it seems like wit have several gems at the club that have not been used correctly for the clubs progression.
      So if its Bomber or someone else who they appoint as the new manager he needs to tell them what his plan is for the club plus how long he thinks it will take, who he would like to bring in to the club plus who he would move out a.s.a.p.
      Who ever it is it will take us (if we go down) at least 3 years to get back to being a top half Championship side, so we need to be patient, and look to the future not the last 3 years.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:35
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    Neil you're a legend and you're one of many things that makes this club what it is. There's not a manager or bloke I'd want more to manage these last ten games! COYL!!!! MIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIL sounds to me you're number one candidate for the job. Good luck!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 09:39
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    It's for one of the guv'nor's to step up. Neil we back you no matter what!

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    • March 12, 2015 at 10:14
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      @Bexley_Lion: there are not many managers that i've backed over the years in fact i can count them on one hand..this one is different its like putting hurlock in charge everyone will back legends..if we go down there's only one clown you can blame

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      • March 12, 2015 at 13:39
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        @Jim28: Speaking of guv'nor's, Andy Frampton has just hung his boots up. A Lions Fan favourite with his tough tackling no-nonsense style but also an articulate intelligent bloke with natural leadership qualities. Would be great to see him come back to the Den in a coaching capacity as well.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:25
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    In some respects Harris has nothing to lose this season, obviously the damage has been done. Realistically relegation is all but done so he is under no pressure to keep us up. Having said that you never know in football and the impossible might just happen. One thing is for certain, the next 10 games will be a lot better than the previous 36.

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    • March 12, 2015 at 20:46
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      @harry2310: he has plenty to lose when everyone starts slagging him off which is inevitable at some point, he's not going to be manager for twenty years is he ? He'll end up like rhino getting gobbed on by so called fans away at brentford, great way to treat a club legend, good luck neil and make sure you get a decent contract

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:28
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    After the season we have just had under the clown known as "Holloway" staying up this season would feel like promotion. If anyone will have the full backing of The Den faithful its Bomber, c'mon Super Neil elevate that hero status to another level. COYL

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:42
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    Can't help thinking that we'll see the likes of Shittu etc. on the pitch Saturday. Whilst it's true that they are Millwall type players that's half the problem. They're not good enough. Whether Chopper can raise their game remains to be seen but I hope we're not going to be building a team around Shittu, Dunne and Hoyte for example. Time to move on. No one is going to blame Chopper if we get relegated so time to go for it. Goood luck boys at Bolton.

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    • March 12, 2015 at 11:03
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      @NICKOLA: Surely first out should be Ford he is well past it now look how many goals he,s let in this season.Neil got to forget old the old pals act.

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      • March 12, 2015 at 11:11
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        @baz2262: Yes, you're dead right. Also, he's the only one that's going to bring in money that is very much needed for other areas. We've got goalkeepers on the books-With ten games to go surely now is the time to get them playing.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:48
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    Be great to go on a run under Harris, but he's got a job on his hands with only 10 games left, he will be good for us next season, to see some fight will do me for the next 10 games NH deserves to have a statue erected if he pulls off the great escape.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:48
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    bolton have won one in six ,riddled with injuries, have trotter and feeney in their squad - how good can they be - just go there and win - Paris beat Chelsea with ten men for 90 minutes - we can beat bolton - BELIEVE and then we beat Brighton

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  • March 12, 2015 at 10:51
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    Good news all round, maybe 3-4 wins will keep us up but if not it's not like we are losing our homes or jobs or a family member to some dreadful illness, it's only football, but then again it's not just any old club, it's OUR club, it's MILLWALL, there's the difference.
    Now what I think about how managers should be appointed is to give them a 6 week trial period so that the board and the fans can see that the would be manager is doing what he said he would, I know that may mean 2 or 3 trial managers a season but at least we would be able to pick the best by allowing the directors and the members to vote for the man. Actually the more I think about it the more it appeals.
    Discuss.
    Dislikers....on your marks, get set, GO

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    • March 12, 2015 at 10:56
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      @terry the turk lion: Good idea but not pratical. The reality of hiring managers is based on their previous record. In our position there are managers that can get you out of League one into the championship. Others that can keep you there. The trick is getting the right one and we're Millwall- We don't always attract the best manager on paper. Doesn't always work out as we've seen but a one year rolling contract would make a lot more sense to me. Unless we started off the season with ten consecutive losses, the manager would get enough time to show what he can or can't do.

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      • March 12, 2015 at 18:56
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        @NICKOLA: most jobs have a probationary period of 3-6 months to see if the person is actually up to the job. Where I work someone was given a managerial position based on 'talking a good game' during their interview. (Sound familiar) this surprised me as there were at least two people already at the company who I thought were shoe ins for the job and a proven record working at the company.

        Just like Ollie the person hired proved totally out of their depth and hopeless at the job. They were let go, this cost the company minimal costs, just re advertising and interviewing again.

        Maybe football management is seen differently but it sure ends up being costly, just ask JB!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:05
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    I was just an idea but your right a 1 year rolling is the correct way.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:16
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    Super super neil super super neil super super neil super neil haris haris we trust No1 Like Us We Don't care come on walllllllllllllllllllllllllll

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:27
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    Always supporting you Neil. Would never turn against a club legend like you. Lets restore pride and passion into MIllwall.

    Whether we stay up or go down, Millwall til i die. COYL!!!!!!!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:35
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    Let's get back to Under Dog millwall were every game is such a battle teams dread coming regardless if they win lose or draw.
    4-4-2 come and have a go if your hard enough approach, greggs and GFT up top Williams at left mid to add quality out wide shittu and hoff on the bench to see a game out...
    Massive positive is that any manager coming in well have a team to build from the start not 6 months to wait around to see who goes.

    20 man squad 4 strikers 8 midfields 8 defenders
    5 youths in and around the first team
    2 keepers
    Policy is you have to name 3 under 21's

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:36
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    Let's get back to Under Dog millwall were every game is such a battle teams dread coming regardless if they win lose or draw.
    4-4-2 come and have a go if your hard enough approach, greggs and GFT up top Williams at left mid to add quality out wide shittu and hoff on the bench to see a game out...
    Massive positive is that any manager coming in well have a team to build from the start not 6 months to wait around to see who goes.

    20 man squad 4 strikers 8 midfields 8 defenders
    5 youths in and around the first team
    2 keepers
    Policy is you have to name 3 under 21's
    In the match day squad.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:42
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    We are all behind Harris now let's see if what we've been saying for ages football is not rocket science.just play players in their right position and don't panic if we let the first goal in just regroup and work a little harder and the rewards will follow.ps I've got a lot more faith now that nutcase has gone

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  • March 12, 2015 at 11:43
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    Despite Neil's public comments about 'learning lots from Ian' reading between the lines of the comments above there are some digs at Holloway, whether intentional or not.
    A lot of people are saying that he's under no pressure and whilst it's true that he has a major mess to clear up, he still needs to bring some kind of improvement in the next ten games to have a chance of getting the job permanently. Any prolonged continuation of our current form would possibly indicate that he is not ready for this role. The biggest question is, can he motivate the players enough to tun our form around?
    If he can pull off three points on Saturday and Brighton fail to win at home to Wolves we have a chance to close the gap with them to three or four points on Tuesday and as early as Saturday week we could be within touching distance of a few teams again which could give the squad some renewed hope.
    It's a massive longshot 'if' but six points from our next two very winnable games would put us right back in the mix.
    COYL!

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    • March 12, 2015 at 14:38
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      @lion.ie: Unfortunately he's got to work with the same set of players, but I still think we'll see some big improvements between now and the end of the season. I doubt if there's enough time to keep us up, but at least he can re-instill some pride and passion again.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 12:13
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    Would just like to point out the difference between a nobody taking over at birmingham has done for them .cos they looked dead & buried..sure sir neil as only got ten games .but i for one wont be giving up on championship football just yet

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    • March 12, 2015 at 13:06
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      @Jim28: good point Jim it is possible we all have to believe and don't give up if the players give there all the fans will love it.

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      • March 12, 2015 at 13:38
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        @mewall62: cant see the players giving less then 100% .i rememberbombers out burst after the southend game when he was last in charge..i dont think they want to get on his bad side

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        • March 13, 2015 at 09:11
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          @Jim28: if nothing else jim, chopper could restore some pride and passion. As for next season, do I think he's the finished article? Not sure! s*** I'm doing the ollie 3rd person bit lol

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  • March 12, 2015 at 13:41
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    I think it was Lawrie McMenemy who said 'apart from hangovers, the second most likely cause of crying off due to injury is the words from the manager We are at Millwall next game.

    That all most of us long for!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 14:12
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    May sound like a silly question, but can Harris still play? He looks really trim. His later playing days saw him no so much a striker but a good attacking midfielder. He did such a good job holding up in the middle and spreading out to the wings. Can he still do that in the 3rd tier?

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    • March 12, 2015 at 19:17
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      @SE14: afraid not, he's too young at the moment to be considered a potential striker for wall.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 14:27
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    Come on bomber,we at millwall are with you all the way! COYL!!!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 14:46
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    Good luck Bomber, but if I'm honest, I think you will be flogging a dead horse. When the little darlings heads are down it will be a tough ask to get them to perform. Possibly(apart from championship money) it might prove better to go down and try to re-group. A winning side in div 1 will always attract more support than a losing team in the championship. As all old fans like me we have seen this before, its part and parcel of being a Lion supporter.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 15:15
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    I think Bomber will make a good attempt at managing our club he has the club at heart and is no mug I recall he was working in the stock market before he joined us so must have a good brain.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 15:31
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    Theirs a good feeling buzzing around the club, one door shuts another one opens, chopper will get this group playing closing the opposition down early is key can see a win at Bolton if they graft it's down to the simple things not small margines every one needs to apply hard graft and determination as a team, can't remember seeing any of our players screaming out comon!!!!! on the pitch lets get some excitement back in this group. COYL

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  • March 12, 2015 at 15:50
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    Poor Neil , thrown into the deepened . Has to try and pick up the players and the club. Good luck my old china . Coyl

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  • March 12, 2015 at 16:12
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    My only concern with this is if JB decides not to keep Bomber in charge at the e d of the season.It will mean a summer of getting a new manager not getting new players unless AA decides to start signing players again. ...

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  • March 12, 2015 at 16:14
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    Frampton just retired
    Snap him up wall honest grafter full of passion
    never bottled a challenged or a word in the ear hole.
    let's build decent back room staff from the off .

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  • March 12, 2015 at 16:15
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    A few days go Holloway was insisting he was "the right man for the job" at Millwall. Now he has gone with a very handsome payoff. If his heart was in Millwall one would think and hope he would not take all his severance money of many hundreds of thousands of pounds and give some of it back to the club for youth development or towards buying the striker he never found. Maybe he might but I think he owes the club something and not leave it impoverished.
    Neil is of a different character and breed whose motives are not financial gain but to rebuild our club. He deserves and needs all the support he can get and I hope the players will back him to the hilt and give 150%. They owe the club and supporters something as well. They must show that MFC are no longer a pushover.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 17:05
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    8 points adrift and inferior goal difference in reality = 9 points.
    But , having said that , Beat the Anoraks , job done.
    Harris will have ideas and plans in place for next season's League One campaign.
    We know the youngsters need a chance. He knows the youngsters.
    For me , it's a no brainer , give him at least a 2 year deal.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 17:13
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    I like Bomber a lot but lets not put added pressure on the bloke by expecting him to keep us up. Which lets be honest is highly unlikely. Personally I'd like him to play as many of our decent youngsters as he can with one eye on league 1. That will give them vital match day experience and put them in good stead to cope in a lower league next season. Then keep Neil at the helm and push for a top half (play-off) finish in 2015-16. We will have our Millwall back next time we enter the Championship NOLU

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  • March 12, 2015 at 18:35
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    he will do i just know it.

    Play those who Millwall mean something to them and not those loanees who don't care what division were in next season and have only came along for the ride. start with dropping the fat controller up front and send him back to Leicester. Fabs in exempt by the way

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  • March 12, 2015 at 18:38
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    oh and please play Dunne at right back.

    (Right back in the car park)

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  • March 12, 2015 at 18:47
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    Sorry but Neil Harris beyond the end of the season will be a mistake.
    I share the 'buzz' with everyone, all time goal scorer takes over at time of need. But I really can't see him winning enough games.

    If he keeps us up then he will get the job. But the honeymoon will soon be over and league one will chew him up. He's just not experienced enough, Harris needs to stay with the U21's for a little while yet.

    From reading the article above the board are in no rush to find anyone yet, big mistake!
    They should be spending day and night putting a list of candidates together, because Millwall need a proper football manager. League 1 is a s*** hole, league 2 is a hell hole.
    I for one think the current pile of s*** that put that shirt one will struggle.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 19:22
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    I think we all need to see how we go to the end of the season, but given a 'good show and Millwall type attitude to games' to the end of the season giving Neil the job would seem a no brainer, as if we stay up there will be a big shout and no argument about Bomber to getting the job. If we do go down however, a lot of the squad will move on due to the end of their contract, end of loan or say for instance, Forde, who may not want to play in league one. In that scenario I think as most fans will accept that it is a difficult league to get out of and we have FFP to worry about a solution acceptable to both fans and board would be to start with a team based on our youngsters, and again Bomber would be the ideal candidate who, having worked with them all, and also have the experience from these last ten games, to know which of the current players would be a good addition to add experience to the team. Bomber would also get the extended honeymoon period due to his stature within the club and the fact they are our youngsters. I really hope as most have given up hope of staying up the players play with a more relaxed feeling and then who knows the results might actually start to come. What we as fans must not do is get on their backs when things may start to go wrong.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 19:22
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    I think Bomber basically has a free hit. Most of us are resigned to our fate and most of us are agreed who is to blame. But then, we are Millwall, without the idiot, anything is possible!

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  • March 12, 2015 at 19:33
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    Have a feeling that we'll see a very different team for the remaining games (in terms of personnel). Would like to see Powell back, think he'll bring in some more of our youngsters.

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  • March 12, 2015 at 20:22
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    Just imagine a team of our youngsters and we stay up. Does anybody want a pint of what I am drinking?

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  • March 12, 2015 at 20:46
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    I tinker with the style of play? Possibly.

    Oh dear, choppers doing the 3rd person ollie thing

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  • March 12, 2015 at 21:59
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    3 POINTS TOMORROW. GREGORY AND FULLER. 2-1.
    WAIT AND SEE.

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      • March 12, 2015 at 22:11
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        @NICKOLA: So it will be saturday there tomorrow, friday here, if thats the case, could you let us know if we win tomorrow, so we dont have to wait until saturday here !!!!!! ha ha

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  • March 12, 2015 at 22:57
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    If Harris pulls off the greatest of escapes will anyone thank Lomas? He brought Neil back after all. We should then perhaps thank Ollie for keeping him on!

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      • March 13, 2015 at 10:22
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        @Jim28: Just trying to find a silver lining around the black cloud we find ourselves under, Jim. Whatever some of us think about Lomas and Holloway, having Neil here is something we should be grateful for (if not much else).

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  • March 13, 2015 at 09:55
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    Half of the posters on here will probably starts legging Neil off if we lose the next game.

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    • March 13, 2015 at 10:06
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      @benzo: probably saturday when they see his team selection..cos i dont think it will be much different..mainly cos he has to see for himself if these players will play for him and how well.

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      • March 13, 2015 at 10:14
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        @Jim28: Agreed, If he makes too many changes, it will would be a disaster, hopefully the players will start playing for him and for us. As soon as Holloway went I got my ticket for Bolton and will be there for the other 9. As long as they all give 100% and die trying, then if we lose them all, then so be it, none of this will reflect on Bomber, he will still be a legend. But I also agree we should be looking for a replacement now, as I do not think that long term, Harris is ready yet.

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