Ambler: Millwall not inviting applications for manager's role

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© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL will not be inviting applications for the manager's position at The Den during Neil Harris' ten-game tenure.

That is the message from chief executive Andy Ambler, whose phone has been ringing off the hook with calls from agents and out-of-work bosses since Ian Holloway was sacked on Tuesday.

But the Lions chief says Harris will definitely remain in charge until at least the end of the season – and insists plans won't be made behind-the-scenes to replace him in the summer.

In fact, the 37-year-old may get the chance to take the job permanently.

"We haven't been looking at other managers or who might be available," Ambler said.

"This period is not about looking at managers and scouring the market.

"I'm going to be inundated with CVs but the message to get out there is that Neil is in charge for the remainder of the season.

"There is no question in my mind of that changing. We will then review it at the end of the season, whichever division we end up in.

"There is no pressure on Neil – if he turns around in the summer and says 'I'm not ready for this' then so be it.

"Neil has got the opportunity to grow into management very quickly if the board thinks that is the right thing to do."

Harris was co-caretaker boss with Scott Fitzgerald for three matches after Steve Lomas was axed in December 2013 – but is going it alone this time around.

"Scott is staying as academy manager – Neil is stepping up and David Livermore, who has been working with our U18s, will assist him," added Ambler.

"This is different to last time. Last time we asked Neil and Scott to hold the fort while we found a manager. This is not that.

"Let me reiterate, Neil is in charge until the end of the season.

"Some people may think we've thrown him in at the deep end but Neil has grasped the opportunity and he's excited to have a go at this."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

41 thoughts on “Ambler: Millwall not inviting applications for manager's role

  • March 13, 2015 at 13:43
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    I think that's the right thing to do tbh there's not a better man out there for this though run in than Neil. Apparently first team talk he tore strips off the players and said if ya not gonna give a hundred percent then f*** off!!! Fair play to him. Even is we go down but fighting and he feels ray for this position then why hold him back? If he does keep us up then give the man a knighthood!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 13:47
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    I wish this cowboy would belt up. We were told we were 'inundated' and the phone was ringing 'off the hook' when Jackett left and then subsequently told we only had 3 candidates and lomas was the best of the bunch. Can't he just shut up until there is something concrete to say? This story should begin and end with 'Harris is in charge til the end of the season'. No need for the waffle.

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