Ambler: Millwall not inviting applications for manager's role

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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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  • March 13, 2015 at 13:50
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    Ambler needs to go, the man is so full of rubbish I dont know what to believe. This shouldnt of been said, let Harris take charge and concetrate on the results, not backroom ramblings of Mr AMazing (lol) Ambler

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    • March 13, 2015 at 20:09
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      It amazes me why such an Ambler love-in on this site. 18 Dislikes FFS!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 13:52
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    I'm sorry but right now there is no room for sentiment and I think giving it to Neil until the end of the season is fair enough but to have no contingency plan whatsoever is extremely foolish on the basis he's not experienced at all and we could miss the boat for the right guy! Smells like we're trying to copy Brentford/Warburton!! Hope it works out but this is Millwall we're talking about!!

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      • March 13, 2015 at 14:26
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        @StanLDN: I've heard al lsorts about him - deffo going top end of the championship!

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        • March 13, 2015 at 16:09
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          @TheBermondseyBomber: Dont forget, we have just signed that Andrew Mill who was the ceo at brentford !, he spoke very well on lions live, and worked closely with warburton at brentford, just in case it does not work out with Harris, and by that i mean it might be a bit too early, or he could assist Warburton...

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          • March 13, 2015 at 17:46
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            @rowanonthewing7: there's zero chance of that happening mate Warburton's stock is far too high right now!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 13:53
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    We only have the summer to sign replacements for the let downs in our squad & the out of contracts, if as likely without experience & an impossible task ahead, things don't work out with Neil, we have a transfer embargo next January.
    Please plan ahead for all eventualities, don't keep f-ing things up!
    That said, i'll be over the moon if bomber pulls off a miracle escape from relegation!!!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 13:53
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    Fair play giving Harris a fair crack at it and i really hope it works out for us. But i wouldn't be knocking back applicants just yet as i cant imagine we'll be inundated with them! Hopefully it wont come to that and we'll have Harris in charge for another season in the Championship...hopefully

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:00
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    Ambler speaks as though he is the boss at Millwall! He isn't and ought to keep his mouth shut because he is partly to blame for the mess the club is in. A few weeks ago he was supporting Holloway now he is supporting Neil. what an opportunist, wish he would go.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:00
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    That is the right thing to do. Leave it with Harris until end of the season and if after a taste he still feels he has got more to learn and would rather work with the youth again then and only then have a look who is on the market but very important they must have the right skills and mentality because we certainly don't need another misfit after Lomas and Holloway

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        • March 13, 2015 at 16:56
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          @Jim28: your right there is his misses reversed her car into my misses & wrote it off then dried to get out of paying for the damage. Low life scum. So no more talk of him taking over,w*****.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:11
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    OR GARY JOHNSON formerly of Yeovil.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:12
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    You cannot have a go at Andy for this, he is simply stating the facts. It would be foolish to appoint anyone now not knowing the budget or what league we will be in. As I said in another post if Bomber does manage to keep us up how many fans would say "get someone else in", that would only happen if Neil said he is not ready for the job full time. If we go down who will still be at the club, with contracts, loans and wage demands. Accept we are where we are next season we start again, again.

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    • March 13, 2015 at 14:32
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      @lennie the lion: the only reason why this plum is not looking at other managers is cos clown has just walked of with a million quid..so he and the board want someone on the cheap..

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:30
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    Holloway mark 2 this idiot, trying to justify taking his no doubt considerable wage,as with Holloway.
    JUST GO.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:31
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    We have to learn something from the last two managerial appointments if we're going to avoid making the same mistakes again - and that goes for the fans too.
    All this talk of Warburton is a little premature. Don't forget, we all wanted Uwe Rosler not so long ago because of how good Brentford were doing, he went to Wigan, a team on the fringes of the play-offs with money to spend and still failed. So, maybe it was Warburton who was responsible for Brentford's success? Well, whichever team employs Warburton this summer will find out, because maybe it was the way Brentford is set up that is the real secret behind the success and why their board feel they can ship out one manager after the other and bring a new man in without any detrimental effect on the team - as Watford seem to do...
    Warburton may be a great manager, or he might be another Ady Boothroyd or Nigel Adkins.

    Right now, I'm happy to take our chances with Bomber, we've got nothing to lose.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:32
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    This guy Ambler is a complete waste of space... and money!
    On Lions live last night Andrew Mills (head of whatever) was recruited by Ambler at a meeting to be basically another scout, at least I think that's what his job is. After listening to the guy waffling on and on he actually said nothing constructive and nothing that that me feel that this guy has some really good ideas. Instead he bored the pants off of me and I'm pretty sure a few others.
    Moral of the story - Ambler must be so easily influenced

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  • March 13, 2015 at 14:50
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    To me it dont matter what a mills speaks like his job is to find talent,he aint been in the job 5 mins and we have people knocking him (AireLys ),what did you want him to say ,i have this lad at spur's im looking at or another lad at MK DONS looks good and tell other clubs his thought ,lets be sensible about him.
    also are we supposed to be getting behind BOMBER and the CLUB in our hour of need.
    Let us stop the knocking of anyone untill the next 10 games have been played NO MATTER WHAT and NO MATTER WHO

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    • March 13, 2015 at 14:57
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      @jim1222: jim1222, I am totally behind Harris and hope he can galvanise this group together after the disaster that Holloway left. My message is not about the team or the manager but these two guys Ambler and Mills. If we were a huge money no object club then we could afford these guys but not at this stage and what exactly do they bring to our club? Do we not already have scouts?

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    • March 13, 2015 at 16:29
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      @jim1222: nothing on this earth could get me behind ambler ..as for mills not a ckue who he is tbh

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      • March 14, 2015 at 03:28
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        @Jim28: Jim like you i have no time for Ambler,as for Mills i dont know who he is ,my point is we cannot knock him until we see how he performs,also the less knocking of anyone at the moment can only be good for the club.Lets get these 10 games out the way,then let the s*** hit the fan if we go down.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 16:18
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    Applications for a competent new chief executive more than welcome

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  • March 13, 2015 at 16:35
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    Everyone wants Bomber to do well.....lets forget the board and Ambler ....its all about what happens on the pitch........I cant wait to see....10 games..6 wins would keep us up..COYL

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  • March 13, 2015 at 17:02
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    Reading between the lines that's says to me we f***** up so badly the last two times we are not throwing any more money around me and Jb are praying Bomber comes good as he will be the cheaper option and possibly good enough for league 1 , and the fans will be happy because he is a Millwall legend if it all goes wrong and it ruins a promising managerial career so be it . Personally if Harris keeps us up which is a big ask of course he should be considered for the job but also now is the time to be getting together the best candidates so lets say we loose every remaining game what will we start looking then sorry but our club is a shambles just like the clown who just robbed us ambler you have no plan B im not sure you even have a plan A you should also be gone your incompetent . If you do read NAD JB your being advised by people who are f****** clueless the old saying goes a fool and his money are soon parted and to be honest I never had you down for being a fool like most of the fans im very grateful for what you have done for our club but I think you need to have a serious look at the people who work for you .

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  • March 13, 2015 at 17:25
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    I wish Ambler would just F**K OFF.

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  • March 13, 2015 at 19:21
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    Super super Neil super super Neil super super Neil super Neil Harris COUL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • March 13, 2015 at 19:35
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    As Fulham's CEO Ambler I believe made a pigs ear of it, maybe someone may correct me, but it's my view. He ain't changed here, he's holding the purse strings tighter than JB. as if it's his own money and spends it in a spend thrifty manner, he speaks what I think is drivel hoping the fans will be taken in by his words but not me

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  • March 13, 2015 at 19:59
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    Even though the s*** we're in I just feel we've got our MILLWALL back the difference will be that we will see what truly is a millwall performance and not some clown trying to allude us in thinking that that was the best he's team could do I never saw sweat blood and tears which truly is a millwall performance Good luck Neil we will be 100% behind you

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  • March 13, 2015 at 21:22
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    Could I give a t*** about what Ambler says? ... NO
    However, the fact that Harris is guaranteed the job until the end of the season is (IMHO) a good thing.
    At this moment in time, I am pretty much resigned to seeing our guys playing league 1 next season. Whatever Bomber does with the team, and however long he stays in charge, won't change the fact that he is an out and out Millwall legend of the highest order.
    If he crashes and burns over the next 10 games ... so what? we won't be any worse off than we are now. If he does the impossible, and saves us from another relegation, it will just further cement his status in the MFC hall of fame.

    I would really like to see some of the kids coming through now though, we've got a lively bunch in the under 21's, who could really do with some 1st team exposure. Bomber's knowledge of those guys may be the key to resolving some of our future problems (as well as the current ones).

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  • March 14, 2015 at 06:14
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    Harris good move will get the passion back in the team win or not we will be fighting every match we lost all of the fight with holloway lets see what our last 10. Results come to get some of the under 21s in mickie w

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  • March 14, 2015 at 16:27
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    We need a manager now not in the summer wot is going on wiv our beloved millwall

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  • March 14, 2015 at 22:35
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    This is why your a nerd Ambler.

    Start looking now and put the feelers out.

    A - Harris might not want the job full time
    B - JB and you might not think Harris the right man for the job.

    But for f*** sake, please do let the grass grow, find out whos out there and who really wants it and then we will go from they. Collect the information and store it. Don't let the clock tick too long until in comes mid pre season and were still managerless. We need the new manager to build and gel with the squad and be ready for the first game next year. Before you know it, weve dicked about and the transfer window has gone and were in all for another horrid season. We haven't got to tell you this, but wake up and stopping dithering around, because I tell you someone for free. Everyone will be on your back week in week out and make it as uncomfortable as we can for you. SORT IT, otherwise we will see you over Blackheath at Zippos with the other muppet who has just gone !

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  • March 15, 2015 at 11:24
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    Is it Holloway ringing u 4 he job back

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