Millwall boss: Jackett's Wolves are an example to follow

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THE rebuilding job performed by Kenny Jackett at Wolves is a good example for Millwall to follow as they prepare for League One, says Neil Harris.

Jackett took charge at Molineux two summers ago after Wolves were relegated to the third tier and led them to the title in his first season.

Not only did the former Lions boss win promotion at the first attempt, he completely overhauled the squad and bedded in new signings in the process.

Wolves were comfortable 4-2 winners over Millwall on the final day of the season, with the strength and speed throughout their team catching the eye.

And Harris said: "Wolves are a good model. What they had last year in League One, how they played and what they achieved has now taken them to the next level.

"And based on Saturday, Kenny can take them to the next level again next year.

"We definitely have to use Wolves as an example. You have to look at the pace, power and size in their team and say that we want to be like that.

"You have to have individual players with ability as well, but there is certainly an example for us to follow there."

Jackett was asked on Saturday what advice he would give Harris about rebuilding a club after relegation, and said: "He won't need me to advise him.

"He'll be good enough to make the right decisions with a good board of directors behind him, which he has.

"I feel it's a really good appointment because Neil has been working away inside the club over the past couple of seasons.

"Nobody will know more about leading Millwall than Neil Harris so I really do think it's an excellent appointment."

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

31 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Jackett's Wolves are an example to follow

  • May 5, 2015 at 09:12
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    did he do it on freebies and crap loan players ?

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:27
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    Wolves are historically a big club, they regularly get crowds nearly double ours, so although the sentiments may be valid Neil it was alot easier for Wolves to rebuild than it will be for us, just look at who they signed and the money they cost plus the wages they are on. Afobe, etc etc etc.
    So no you can't use Wolves as an example of how to do it unless you have similar funds available so dream on it won't happen. Poundland here we come.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:41
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    Jackett had more money to spend at wolves..he lost the millwall dressing room and we were lucky to stay up under him..he nearly let Harris go too early.. Fell out with players and I'm glad we helped stop him getting his wolves in play offs

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    • May 5, 2015 at 10:35
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      @dinsdale:
      And im talking about the losing the dressing room part, he never. And the crap about we were lucky to stay up under him. We stayed up BECAUSE OF HIM. He plucked out many a good player, and 4 quality strikers in Henderson, Morison, wood and Kane over the years to keep us in the league and once or twice battling in the top half. How many decent players have our last 2 managers brought in on our shoe string budget? Jackett had peanuts to work with, hence the reason he also brought in his fair amount of crap players. Your right, he's had money at wolves, more than we ever gave him. So your contradicting yourself on that point too really considering how we've faired since he left. JB And the board will realise deep down that they should of give Jackett the funds to buy certain players when they were available. Puncheon being the best example, we never had a chance with wood once other clubs came in, but I no for a fact we could of had puncheon for around £750,000 but wouldn't pay the money. When your record signing is £800,000(bloody years ago) and you don't show ambition, it don't matter whose in charge, eventually you will be relegated as we have.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:45
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    Wolves may be an example to follow, but it's worth remembering they started last season with an £18m parachute payment cheque after nosediving from the Premier League to League One in successive seasons.
    It's a whole lot easier to rebuild when you've got that sort of money in the bank - and an average home attendance nearly double ours.
    Dunny is stating the bleeding obvious, now let's hope the three day summit comes up with a long term plan which includes investing in the sort of firepower we are going to need to get out of League One.
    PS: Can anyone tell me:
    1 - Why we didn't sign Benik Afobe on loan at the start of the season?
    2 - Why, having missed out on Afobe, didn't we find A.N. Other loan signing capable of following in Kane and Wood"s footsteps. 10 or 15 goals more goals would have kept us up!!! Gregory has enormous potential but expecting him to score 20-plus after stepping up from the Conference was always totally unrealistic.

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    • May 5, 2015 at 09:53
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      @Lonz: Perhaps Afobe's body fat didn't meet CoCo's requirements, or was unwilling to sit on the bench for the first 3 months of the season.

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      • May 5, 2015 at 11:57
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        @Sealion: Sealion you have made my morning with your comment
        LOL and still LOL

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    • May 5, 2015 at 10:24
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      @Lonz: Holloway said that Afobe was the main target this year, but you have to remember it is not just about money, even though I am sure Wolves could offer more and even if we had offered the same there is the chance of dressing room envy. From a pure players point of view chances were always that Wolves would have a better shot at going up than we would playing in front of bigger crowds, better training ground and he knew Kenny from his time at our place. Another small point was that I am sure on one video, like crossbar challenge, I saw, Dunny said " he plays for Arsenal you know" which struck me as though his attitude at the time was he was better than us, not sure if that is fair on the lad just my impression.

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    • May 5, 2015 at 18:52
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      @Lonz: Why didn't we get Afobe on loan ?.....most probably the same reason why we did not get any other prem youngsters on loan.....Ian Holloway and his coaching skills/playing methods

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  • May 5, 2015 at 09:58
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    As sealion has said, no you can't use wolves as an example they're a bigger club have bigger crowds which give them a bigger budget and they came up first time of asking on prem parachute payments they also attract a higher calibre of player. I think we just need to do things our way and worry about ourselves it's not US to try and be like someone else we've proved that the past 2 yrs copying Evertons way of player recruitment by looking at the laptop and stats instead of getting off our a***'s and watching players.
    Come on chopper no time for sentiment trust yourself and stick to your guns, you got the job on merit and we're all behind you I just hope you can get in the players you want cause plenty before you have proper struggled.
    Maybe KJ can give you a player or 2 for the season.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 10:11
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    Also look at them and say they got hell of a lot more money than us

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  • May 5, 2015 at 10:22
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    Personally i dont want us to follow any club by example why cant we just do things the good old fashioned MILLWALL WAY afterall its who and what we are and love.....

    works for me!!!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 10:40
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    Clearly we couldn't compete with Wolves for Afobe - but he moved there after scoring 10 in 11 appearances for MK Dons!!!
    If Dunny was sneering at Afobe during the 'crossbar challenge' he seems to have had a massive change of his heart with his 'we wouldn't care if someone was on a lot more money, as long as he did the business' stuff.
    If you aren't prepared to sign - and able to manage - a striker who's a little bit flash, full of himself and determined to play at a higher level, then you end up with the sort of dross we've had to put up with all season.
    Gregory and O'Brien excluded!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:12
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    As usual a few have either gone of topic or have missed the point.
    Harris is not saying we can compete in the market like wolves.what impressed him was there pace power and size..this can be replicated without a huge budget..already we have pace its the strength some players have to work hard on during the summer.O'brien did this early last year ..

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:12
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    As many have already posted, you can't use Wolves as an example to follow in many ways. The structure and size of the two clubs are miles apart. But where I do agree with Bomber is " You have to look at the pace, power and size in their team and say that we want to be like that."
    We've been lacking these three attributes for far too long!

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:13
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    Brentford are a better model to follow but I don't think JB has £90m to put into the business like Benham has done. Or maybe B'Mth who also have a mini Abramovich. Or Bristol City, Or MK Dons. You can't get away from the fact that it takes a lot of money these days and the old Millwall 'way' is a model well passed its sell-by date.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:26
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    Agree up to a point Bomber but look at their fan base compared to ours.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 11:56
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    Guys your all contridicting yourselves KJ has hardly det Woolves allight not reaching the play offs i rrckon he will get the tin tack next season

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  • May 5, 2015 at 12:22
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    So after all the debate it seems to me that we can only do it one way and that's the MILLWALL way , which I would be very happy with.

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    • May 6, 2015 at 19:13
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      @Barnlion: millwall way has relied on crap loans and selling any decent players we do happen to get for f*** all.

      I reckon Neil will have a new way.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 13:22
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    Its not necessarily about loads of money and large gates. Look at the Dutch league, with its excellent philosophy on home grown talent, good youth scouting and excellent academies.
    That's why I'm more optimistic going forward now than with CoCo because Neil knows our youngsters and wants them to progress.

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  • May 5, 2015 at 16:25
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    What is obvious in most successful teams is that they have pace, power and some quality. We don't have any of that. Lightweight all over the pitch, and no pace at all. When you look at Bournemouth, the pace of their players, and football is a different class to ours. Sheff Weds had massive players who bullied our little chaps, so I agree with what Bomber is saying, although we know budgets are very different between the two clubs.

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  • May 6, 2015 at 21:01
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    I See The Vultures Are Starting To Eye Our Youngsters I Hope Harris Tells The The Board To Tell These Clubs To Do One Because We All No What's Going To Happen Flog Them For FK All Then Two Three Seasons Down The Line Cone Back To Haunt Us Worth Millions ie Grabban As A Example So Bomber Don't Let Us Down Please Or We Will Be In Div 2 Before We Know It . I Rest My Case

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