Paul Robinson backs Harris to succeed in Millwall dugout


LIONS legend Paul Robinson has backed Neil Harris to continue his illustrious Millwall career in the dugout.

Harris was handed the manager's reins at The Den on Tuesday after the club terminated the contract of Ian Holloway.

Chairman John Berylson has asked Harris, who alongside Scott Fitzgerald oversaw three first-team fixtures last year, to take charge of Millwall until the end of the season.

And the door has been left open for the former striker – the club's all-time leading goalscorer – to land the role on a permanent basis.

Robinson, who in January departed the Lions to join Portsmouth, was a teammate of Harris for nine of his 14 years in the senior ranks in SE16.

And he told the Southwark News: "I can't think of anyone better to take over in the club's current situation.

"Chopper has been working as a coach at Millwall for the last couple of years, he knows the place inside out and he has always had a very close association with the club.

"The chairman has decided to make a change and Neil is the ideal man to step in.

"He's got ten games to try to save the team from relegation and whatever happens, he's going to give it his best shot."

Harris joined Millwall's backroom staff in the summer of 2013 – so Robinson has taken part in his coaching sessions before.

"I trained under Neil a fair bit during pre-season and I've seen the way he is with the younger lads," added the centre back, who made 363 appearances for the Lions.

"Man-management wise, Chopper talks to the players and is very good with them. But he's also got another side to him – he will tell people if they've done something wrong because he has high standards.

"He demands a lot from his players. I've always seen him going into a management role.

"Maybe it's come along a bit sooner than perhaps we all thought it would, but a year ago we were convinced Holloway was the perfect fit for Millwall and that hasn't worked out.

"I've definitely seen a manager in Chopper but he will know whether this is the right time for him after the next ten games.

"He's got a level of seniority now after a couple of years as a coach. He wanted to go through a learning process of coaching before he went into management.

"Perhaps he wanted the path to be a bit more gradual but the opportunity has come along for him now and I think he'll give Millwall the best possible chance of staying in the Championship.

"But I don't think he can be judged based on what happens at the end of the season – he'll try his best to keep them up, but the blame can't be laid at his door if he doesn't."

Alex Aldridge


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  • March 13, 2015 at 10:30

    Neil Harris Millwall legend, no matter what happens in the next ten games he will give it his all and hopefully we can avoid the drop.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 10:44

    And hopefully you'll be joining him soon as our very own dream team.
    Looking forward to that day.

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