Millwall assistant: Spell with Harris a "great opportunity"

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DAVE Livermore believes that stepping up to an interim role with Millwall's first-team is a "great opportunity" for him to develop as a coach.

Livermore, the ex-Lions midfielder, will assist Neil Harris until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has been working with the club's U18s and U21s since returning to The Den in the summer of 2012.

"I've been assisting Neil with the U21s so this role is very, very similar," Livermore said.

"I'll be someone Neil can bounce ideas off to help him reach the right decisions.

"My outlook on the role it is to do the best for the club and to support Neil. From a personal point of view, it's an opportunity to develop as a coach.

"Having ten games with the first team is a great opportunity.

"Neil has to make so many decisions so if I can take some of the smaller ones off his hands in terms of a bit of organisation around the training ground, that will help him.

"We'll both be very hands-on in training – at the moment there's only the two of us, with Kevin Pressman looking after the goalkeepers as well."

Harris and Livermore have been preaching the "Millwall way" to the players since taking over first-team affairs from Ian Holloway.

"That's a lot simpler to do than some make out," Livermore added.

"All the crowd want to see is the team having a go, putting the effort in and working hard.

"Maybe we'll play a little bit more in a Millwall style, with two centre forwards, and that's a simple change that has been made already.

"We can get the ball forward and down the channels a little bit sooner, play at a higher tempo and press from the front.

"If we do those things with 100 percent effort, the supporters are happy and they'll back you.

"The fans can help a Millwall player make that next run when they're feeling a little bit tired."

Harris felt that Livermore, a former teammate of his, was the obvious choice to be his no.2.

"He manages and coaches on a daily basis and he's very good at it as well," said Harris.

"He's somebody I've known for a very long time and he's played in some very successful Millwall teams.

"Livers has won promotion, been player of the year and played in an FA Cup final so if anybody knows how to play across midfield in a Millwall shirt, it's him."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

14 thoughts on “Millwall assistant: Spell with Harris a "great opportunity"

  • March 20, 2015 at 10:49
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    All the best Livermore! Let's hope your a better coach than u was player! Most 1 footed player I've ever seen!

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    • March 20, 2015 at 11:04
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      @millwalltel:
      really ???????
      Even more than "ooh arrh Phil barber"
      Not avin that tel sorry mate on your own there pal.

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      • March 20, 2015 at 11:44
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        @lukesmithmfc: I remember him always spinning on his right foot because he couldn't touch the ball with it. Also don't remember him ever being that good???

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        • March 20, 2015 at 15:13
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          @millwalltel: he was a good DM never gave the ball away much or injured or suspend and was a good partner for tim.

          Just thought it a strange thing to say tel but it's your opinion so I won't mock it too much.

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    • March 20, 2015 at 11:36
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      @millwalltel: Yes , but it was a left foot and they are hard to find. Would have walked in to any Millwall team of the last 5 years.

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    • March 20, 2015 at 12:52
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      @millwalltel: livers, was a decent midfielder, who did the donkey work, while Cahill, ifill and Reid did the fancy bit.
      What a great midfield four that was!!

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  • March 20, 2015 at 10:57
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    Good luck livers hopefully you and Neil can give it a go next season.

    Anyone know what the pub situation around the ground is tomorrow ?
    Thanks in advance.

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    • March 20, 2015 at 11:08
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      @bollocky: NOPE, BUT JUST FOLLOW THE REST OF THE LIONS FANS, WE WILL FIND ONE! NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN' NORMAN.

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    • March 20, 2015 at 11:24
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      @bollocky: there's a pub on every corner at this ground cant make tomorrow but have a beer for me mate.

      COYL

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    • March 20, 2015 at 12:28
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      @bollocky: there's 2 close to the ground.obe of which is close to the away end..if closed try the main rd..good luck all

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  • March 20, 2015 at 11:15
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    This reminds me of the days when Stevens/McCleary took charge, and to be honest I welcome this change. These boys do know how to play the way we like, are good friends, and they are early in their coaching careers. I would back this working over bringing someone new in for this short period of time.

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  • March 20, 2015 at 11:50
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    How nice to hear they want to play simple style football, holloway made it so complicated , strong back 4, 2 workaholic wingers, 2 midfileders , a tackler and a creative, a centre forward who can be an animal when required and someone who puts it in the net ! Simple ! ha ha

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  • March 20, 2015 at 15:20
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    COYL let beat the drop Livermore and harris no millwall fans inside out good luck

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  • March 22, 2015 at 01:34
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    Bomber and Livermore good luck, you have your work cut out. However your in charge so lay your solid foundations and start building upwards???
    Look at Bournmouth Eddie Howe and his right hand man Jason Tindall. It works if you have the right people around to support you. Give them a ring and pick there brains.

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