Harris and Livermore named as Millwall's management duo

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

MILLWALL have today named Neil Harris as their permanent manager.

As reported by NewsAtDen, the Lions board wanted to move quickly to appoint Harris after relegation to League One was confirmed last night.

The 37-year-old has overseen just three defeats in nine games as interim boss and will now lead the club in a lower division next season.

Dave Livermore has also been confirmed as Millwall's full-time assistant.

In a club statement, chairman John Berylson said:

"When Neil took over we were already in a very difficult position, and the fact that we came so close to taking the season to the last game says a great deal about the job that he and David have done over the past few weeks.

"I have been greatly impressed with the professionalism and attention to detail Neil has demonstrated since becoming manager and he has undoubtedly inspired the players to produce some performances of real character.

"After five seasons in the Championship, relegation is undoubtedly a massive disappointment to us all.

"However, we started re-structuring back in February with the addition of a Head of Recruitment.

"Coupled with our flourishing Academy, which under Scott Fitzgerald has begun to produce good young players, there is a real sense of optimism going forward.

"I am fully commited to the future and know that our team is in the hands of men well versed in what it takes to make a successful Millwall side."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

67 thoughts on “Harris and Livermore named as Millwall's management duo

  • April 29, 2015 at 14:27
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    1 step back, 2 steps forward..

    Think we're in a healthy position to move forward. The likes of Fred, O'Brien, Nelson, Powell, Cowan-Hall have great potential, especially in a lower division. Think Gregory will find his feet in this division, then go from there (Similar to Morison). We need to make sure we get our transfer business done earlier, to give the boys playing together in pre-season

    Got to remember Harris also knows the U21 team like the back of hand so will have an idea of other youngsters who are close to coming through the ranks.

    Along as we don't totally rely on loans and oldies think we'll be fine, although i think a few experienced heads in the side would be beneficial for guiding the youngsters (Likes of Abdou) who will point the boys in the right direction.

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    • April 29, 2015 at 18:33
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      I hate to kick us when we are down and I feel the pain of the relegation. I am wary of bursting peoples optimism bubble, but.....Having had a look at the quality of some of the teams in league one and the set up we have now....everyone expecting too much from the mostly unproven kids....but above all Berylsons total ineptitude, we are more likely to drop in to league 2 than get promoted back to the championship.

      Yeovil beat us first game last season, we pipped them to stay up ....they have just gone down again, Millwall could easily follow, poorer gates , cant attract players, maybe sell the ground, these are all possible if not probable....I dont think the potential crises ahead is fully appreciated....in a few short years hindsight could show that harris and the kids never stood a chance. I do not trust Berylsons intentions, or one word he says....I hope I am wrong, but you could fit quite a big housing complex in the New Den

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      • April 29, 2015 at 21:00
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        @tonytowneronthewing: can you explain to me why you don't trust Berylson?

        It must be more than the land issue I think.

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        • April 29, 2015 at 21:12
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          @bonnie1272: didn't Berylson have a 10 year plan to get us into the Premiership? 7 years down the line we are back in league 1...maybe we'll do a Bournemouth...doubt it unless we get a 25+ a season goal scorer!

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        • April 29, 2015 at 21:29
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          pretty much every decision he has made of the last few years could be designed to our detriment...didnt back Kenny, kept Holloway far too long, not putting real money into the club which may have funded success and a dividend for him the other decisions, hiring Lomas and Holloway were mistakes...got most upset when the council scuppered his development plans. Why is he even involved in Millwall...a hobby? I think development prospects were his motivation, they have gone.....I have said before he will be gone soon...by fair means or foul I fear he will steer us to the brink before he goes

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          • April 30, 2015 at 07:58
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            @tonytowneronthewing:
            Didn't back jackett, correct. But he did back lomas with a decent budget and backed Holloway with an either bigger one. Ok the money wasn't millions, but it was enough if it had been spent correctly, to have kept us up. And yes lomas and Holloway were poor managers, but hindsight is a wonderful thing and the truth is, although people may have had doubts, NOBODY knew for sure how it would turn out with either manager, especially Holloway. Berylson is a human being. Humans don't like losing money, its common sense, so if your seriously suggesting berylson has put us in the s*** on purpose then your very naive and way off the mark.

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        • April 29, 2015 at 22:57
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          Sheff U, Doncaster, Mk dons, swindon, peterborough swindon, Barnsley Wigan, Burton, Bradford....there is a more aspirational top ten without us

          The idea that aiden o brien and sid nelson are almost gonna walk to the title on their own is lunacy...we do well to make the play offs

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          • April 30, 2015 at 08:08
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            @tonytowneronthewing:
            League 1 is a poor league. You only have to Look at the top scorers list to see that. It's nothing like before when we were there when you had the likes of leeds, southampton, charlton, Huddersfield, norwich, brighton. Don't be so downbeat. None of the teams you mentioned are worth worrying about. If Sheffield United and Preston go up we will be arguably the biggest team in that league along with the 2 we came down with. And blackpool could easily drop again. Bomber knows what will be required and I have every faith.

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  • April 29, 2015 at 14:40
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    Excellent news! They have proved that they deserve the opportunity and League 1 will be an easier platform for them to improve their managerial skills than the Championship. At what is a difficult time for the club following relegation this is the only sensible course namely getting in real Millwall people who understand our club and what it stands for.

    Good luck to them both!

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    • April 29, 2015 at 15:14
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      @Reg Ilderton: Good luck to the two of them. They're both Millwall blokes who understand the club and hopefully will get the time and support they deserve.

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