Millwall boss won't stand in the way of "unsettled" players

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NEIL Harris won't stand in the way of anyone who wants to leave Millwall after relegation to League One.

The Lions boss will demand total commitment from his squad next season and insists he won't put up with any unhappy campers.

Harris was yesterday meeting with the club's out-of-contract players to finalise his plans for 2015-16, with many expected to move on.

But departures from The Den won't necessarily be limited to the names on the released list, which could be announced this week.

Harris said: "There are always going to be surprises over the summer and difficult conversations for me to have. All sorts of things come with relegation.

"There might be the odd player who is unsettled or who thinks their future lies at a higher level. If that's their opinion, that's not a problem.

"We want players that are committed to this club and who are ready to come back for pre-season training on June 25 for a tough and challenging year.

"If the players are committed to the cause, then they will be part of my squad.

"If there is any ounce of them that isn't committed or isn't sure, I'll give them the opportunity to see me and we'll look at moving them on."

Harris is ready to make his first moves in the transfer market as Millwall head into an important summer.

"By the end of this week, we'll have a better idea about who is moving on," he added.

"We've got targets in mind already. Can we deliver them? I hope so and I expect to.

"Within two weeks, we'll definitely know who is staying and that will give us a guide in terms of how many signings we need.

"We've not committed to having a certain number of players in the squad, but it's been clear to see that we've had too big a turnover of players. Our squad has been too big.

"We're looking at having a tight-knit squad that's mixed with youth and experience.

"We can't have ten or 12 players who aren't in the squad each week – you become divided that way."

The Lions' budget for next season, which will be one of the biggest in League One, was decided at a board meeting this week.

And Harris will have the opportunity to pay transfer fees for new players.

"The chairman is certainly committed to supporting us," he said.

"We're not just going to be taking free transfers because they're cheap, we need the right people to fit into the club and our style of play.

"If we have to go to a club and ask about a player's availability or price, we will do that.

"We have a budget to work to and we've cut our cloth accordingly for League One but if we want to spend money on a player then we'll do it in the right manner."

Alex Aldridge


15 thoughts on “Millwall boss won't stand in the way of "unsettled" players

  • May 7, 2015 at 08:54

    I would like to see Jay Emmanuel Thomas snapped up, think he would be a great signing at this level, still young and a big power up front. I think Forde will end up going which wouldn't be too bad if honest. Hope the rumours on o'brien are just agent talk and we keep him next year, he has a massive future! Looking forward to seeing us actually win a few games next season!!

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    • May 7, 2015 at 09:28

      @whiteliont: I'm sure you'd particularly like JET when he strolls around the pitch like it is his. I don't want anyone like him near the club, wage thief.

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      • May 7, 2015 at 11:25

        @mattbacon: he does have a reputation for over valuing himself, Old Big Nose let him go from Ipswich for that very reason

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  • May 7, 2015 at 09:02

    While I agree that we want players who are committed to the club I worry that we will lose key players for next season like O'Brien, Gregory and Maggie. As for players who want to stay committed to the club.. again fear that would just end up only applying to dross players who know they wont get a better deal elsewhere?! Like Bournemouth, like Bristol City and like Burnley before them, we need a small squad packed in quality in 4-4-2. Eager to see the list of players being moved on now.

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    • May 7, 2015 at 10:45

      @Bexley_Lion: Yes, Bexley I agree. Hopefully get rid of the players who may be committed but just ain't good enough!

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