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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  • April 17, 2015 at 15:16
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    Of course, it makes perfect sense. Whatever's happened in recent times is obviously startin to work and the boys are gaining confidence. In for a penny in for a pound now, there's no goin back .just play every game like it's ya last n let's get this job done. Good luck to the travellers , boys will need the noise, COYL.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 15:27
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    Really pleased that Harris credited Ray Harford. He deserves huge thanks for developing that team of the early 2000s, along with McGhee and Gritt. The blend of spirit and ability in that team is what Harris is clearly trying to emulate with his side. I hope that he gets the opportunity to mould his own team next season.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 15:48
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    Bomber knows what he talking about it feels like he been here 4 years as a MILLWALL manager the players look up 2 him let f****** batter the sheep shagers COYL NOLU, WDC

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  • April 17, 2015 at 16:28
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    read between the lines......Holloway was rubbish

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    • April 17, 2015 at 16:43
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      @SE17 Lion: Totally agree SE17, he confused the fans let alone the players. Come on Millwall, do the Taffs and then Blackburn on Tuesday and happy days. I can't believe I'm saying this :-)

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  • April 17, 2015 at 16:58
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    F;?k me, we've got , at last, a manager who is singing from the samesong sheet as the supporters. Whatever the next four results are, Bomber has given us our Millwall back. Do the taffs tomorrow! COYL

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  • April 17, 2015 at 17:05
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    Ray Harford and Steve Gritt were brilliant coaches and fatanstic with developing the youth. Would love to see Gritt come back in some sort of Coaching or Scouting capacity. An vastly experienced and knowledgeable football pro

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    • April 17, 2015 at 17:27
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      @Bexley_Lion: Agreed, Gritt is a very experienced coach who also managed at the top level, however Harris is imposing his style and shouldn't be undermined by whoever is brought in.

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  • April 17, 2015 at 17:26
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    Keep it simple tactics, wonder what we had before, keep it weird, keep it confusing, keep it terrible...?

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  • April 18, 2015 at 10:54
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    I have noticed especially on Tuesday night the players are a lot more vocal with one another which I think is a good thing this did happen under Olly but the difference is then they were asking each other what the f*** are we suppose to be doing . Keep it simple keep up the good work as its obviously working Bomber .

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  • April 18, 2015 at 11:32
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    I have a feeling that this will go down the wire to the last game at Wolves.
    What happens to the "only one Kenny Jackett" myth if he sends us down?

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