Millwall goalkeeper: Harris has "big future" in management

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DAVID Forde reckons Neil Harris has all the makings of a successful Millwall manager.

Forde says the former striker has "matured into the role" since his appointment on an interim basis last month.

The club legend is the overwhelming favourite to land the job permanently after overseeing a steady improvement in performances during his first four games in charge.

And Forde believes Harris has managed the transition from U21s coach to first-team boss well, adding that the 37-year-old is a popular figure in the dressing room.

Forde told the Southwark News: "I think he's got a big future ahead of him in management.

"He's learned immensely from his caretaker spell 18 months ago and he’s really matured into the role now that he's had more experience with the U21s and learnt from the likes of Ian Holloway.

"He's got a lot of contacts in the game so I'm sure he still speaks to Kenny Jackett and Sean Dyche.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working with him and the lads have taken to him as well. He's definitely matured in the last year or so."

Forde admits that his relationship with Harris has changed since he became a manager.

"It has to be different and that comes from a level of maturity," said the goalkeeper.

"The players understand that he's the boss at the moment and that's the way it works.

"I respect him for what he did as a player and now I respect him for what he's doing as a manager."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

34 thoughts on “Millwall goalkeeper: Harris has "big future" in management

  • April 9, 2015 at 10:56
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    I am happy to hear the relationship has changed but if Forde is here next season he needs to be challenged for his position he has had an awful season in my opinion yet is never dropped, the best players for the job should always be selected friendship should never come in to it .

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    • April 9, 2015 at 11:07
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      @mfc2u: spot on .about fordey being pushed .it might be the wake up call he needs.cos i think he will be here next year mainly due to the contract he has.

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      • April 9, 2015 at 11:33
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        @Jim28: Hello Jim ,it's not only Forde that needs to be pushed,all the team have to understand that they are fighting to wear the shirt in the next game,so they must give their all in the game they are playing in.
        Every player has to understand that there will be no free passes into the team,so they have to fight for their place.
        If bomber can get this across to the team now ,it will make team selection easier in the future.
        No old pal's act now bomber,no teacher's pet's,if you do not perform on the pitch some one else will be given his chance.
        So come on bomber and the team show there is more in you and give it your best shot.

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        • April 9, 2015 at 12:48
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          @jim1222: WELL SAID JIM1222,THATS ONE OF THE BEST AND MOST TRUTHFUL 'POST'S' WE'VE READ ON HERE FOR AGES.FULLY AGREE WITH IT.NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE.STORMIN' NORMAN.

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          • April 9, 2015 at 13:21
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            @jim1222: my post was merely a reply to mfc2u.and cos it was fordey's article.
            i agree with what your saying.i also believe neil has already proven he can make tough decisions.you only have to look at his team selections..@bermlion: see you in the blu

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        • April 9, 2015 at 14:57
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          @jim1222: must agree with the above post by Jim,failing to get rid of the poor-show pros will only make Millwall struggle again.( NOLU,WDC).

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      • April 9, 2015 at 18:06
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        @Jim28: And his mates.

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      • April 10, 2015 at 10:19
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        I think your right Jim im not sure Messi has even got a four year contract at Barcelona @Jim28:

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    • April 9, 2015 at 11:14
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      @mfc2u: he's been dropped as Ireland's number 1, so hopefully this will be good for MFC as he has to up his game to reclaim it. But agree totally that a good back up keeper is required

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      • April 10, 2015 at 10:29
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        I also hear he will leave if we get relegated I don't think he is a good championship goal keeper anymore he makes me nervous just watching him @dpendet:

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    • April 9, 2015 at 11:35
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      @mfc2u: hope he's not learnt to much of the clown Holloway

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  • April 9, 2015 at 11:17
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    I've thoroughly enjoyed working with him
    That means I won't be here next season for all his cock ups he won't be prepared to put things right and give his all to Wall

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