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."