Harris' keep-it-simple approach inspired by Wolves manager

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WORKING under Kenny Jackett taught Neil Harris that keeping things simple is the best style of management.

The Lions have picked up eight points from six matches since going "back to basics" under Harris, who took over from Ian Holloway on an interim basis in early March.

And Harris says his approach to the challenge has been guided in part by Jackett's methods.

The now-Wolves boss guided Millwall to promotion during Harris' playing days at The Den.

"We're trying to be quite basic and not over-complicate things. We don't spend too long analysing games," Harris said.

"Yes, we're very respectful of the fact we must self-evaluate and we're not neglectful of the opposition, but there is a style and way of playing for Millwall, which is a unique club, and our concern is to get that into the players.

"You have to have your own ideas and philosophy but mould it around other people.

"Kenny Jackett is a great coach because he makes things so simple. That was a big thing I learned – don't be over-complicated.

"I was also very fortunate to work under the late Ray Harford who one year coached Blackburn to the Premier League title and the next year came to work at Millwall in League One. How lucky were we?

"Again, he made it so simple. One year he was working with Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton, the next year he was working with Neil Harris and Richard Sadlier."

Harris believes sticking to a few core values goes hand-in-hand with the ethos of the club.

"Even the top managers of this club have either taken the time to find out about the philosophy or have learned quickly on the job," he added.

"Having an inside knowledge of how to get the fans to identify with the team is the biggest thing. The fans pay their money and want to see a Millwall team on the pitch.

"I understand that, and how I translate that message to the players to get them to perform is something I'm learning about every day as a coach.

"I don't think you can underestimate the link between the pitch and the stands at this club.

"There are old-fashioned values here. What does it mean to play for this club? And a style of play is imperative.

"Our style of play won't be exactly the same every game – we're not afraid to change tactics and formations – but what the club stands for is what the players have to realise."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

17 thoughts on “Harris' keep-it-simple approach inspired by Wolves manager

  • April 17, 2015 at 15:14
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    YES SUPER - NEIL, WE CAN GET AT LEAST A DRAW IN CARDIFF AND THEN WATCH THE 'BEADS OF SWEAT' APPEAR ON THE FOREHEADS OF THE OTHERS! NO ONE LIKES US, WE DONT CARE. STORMIN' NORMAN.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 15:16
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    Couldnt have said it better myself. Could do with a prime harris and sadlier upfront now tho

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