Millwall board to make long-term plan at annual summit

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CHIEF executive Andy Ambler says Millwall's board "will be planning for the next two or three years" during their annual end-of-season debrief.

The Lions' hierarchy, manager Neil Harris and key football staff are gathering at The Grove hotel in Hertfordshire, above, for three days of talks.

And following the club's relegation to League One, Ambler admits there has to be a fundamental change of approach at The Den – with an emphasis on long-term growth.

He said: "This week is about the future, moving forward and how we restructure. We will be planning for the next two or three years.

"What I will say about the past, and the chairman has said this as well, is that we've tended to take things year-by-year and focus on staying in the Championship.

"That's been difficult to do and some of our signings in recent years have been too short-term. We've got to change and go with a long-term strategy.

"Neil and Dave Livermore are crucial to that strategy, we've already restructured by bringing in a head of recruitment and we'll be advertising for a new U21s coach.

"That's a really important appointment because we need the right person to oversee our development squad, which is taking on a bigger emphasis.

"The aim is that when we come back to the Championship, we come back stronger."

The Lions will cut their cloth accordingly following the drop into League One, with the majority of the club's out-of-contract players expected to be released.

Harris said last week that he is already clear in his mind about who he wants to keep, and his retained list will be finalised over the coming days.

Asked about the financial impact of relegation, Ambler added: "Our income will drop by around £3million but Neil will have a competitive budget to work with.

"Our budget will probably be in the top three or four in League One. Last time we were in League One, we were top six budget-wise.

"John Berylson is committed to the club for the long-term and he's made that clear."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

56 thoughts on “Millwall board to make long-term plan at annual summit

  • May 4, 2015 at 12:09
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    As long as they stick to their word and back bomber with a good budget then along with our promising youth we will do ok next season. Aim for the play-offs at least.

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    • May 4, 2015 at 14:09
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      @LETEMCOME: I have very little faith in what Ambler or Berylson have to say, but I do trust in Harris and what he's trying to do for our club. Fingers crossed - we deserve a decent season for a change.

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      • May 4, 2015 at 15:24
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        @Micky Lions: Ambler is a wrong un but would we get a better chairman than JB with us being in an area full of bigger clubs who is going to want to invest in us. Got to see what happens with regard to investment next season and hopefully they will give Bomber the funds to challenge. Like you said fingers crossed.

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  • May 4, 2015 at 12:16
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    Don't expect anything less than the playoffs nex season. Harris can change our club for the better. COYL

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