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


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

  • March 12, 2015 at 09:23

    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

      @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

    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

      @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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