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

(@accordingtoaldo)

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

  • May 7, 2015 at 08:54
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    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
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      @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
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        @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
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    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
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      @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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  • May 7, 2015 at 09:13
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    Saying all the right things Neil,he has more idea about managing a football club than the previous 2 incumbents put together, I can't wait to see who is leaving the club & who are the unhappy campers although I think that most of us already know who they are.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 09:50
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    At least all this is happening quickly so Bomber & Dave can get to work with the lads that are staying asap , im not sure Maggie will stay which is a shame possibly not starting him in the last handful of games when he looked good may of possibly been a mistake but im pretty sure Obrien will still be with us next season and Greggs ....hopefully

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  • May 7, 2015 at 09:52
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    I can't wait to see who is on the released list, i'm sure most of us are hoping for the same players.
    It's great to see a lot of our promising youngsters already signed up to contracts.
    One thing that is worrying is these reports linking us with Izale Mcleod, surely we can't have him back at the Den after he's behavior last time.
    Does anyone know if Hoytes contract is up?

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    • May 7, 2015 at 10:50
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      @Tel77: Totally agree with you about Mcleod after the last time,probably spit is dummy out when he is left just hope it is untrue

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      • May 7, 2015 at 11:59
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        @eddiebrewer: I'm sure its just speculation and Harris has said he wants "Millwall" players and this guy certainly ain't one of us!

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        • May 7, 2015 at 12:42
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          @Tel77: agree 100%,selfish git he has proved not a Millwall player might be wrong think he scored from a penalty against Stockport might be wrong

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  • May 7, 2015 at 11:06
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    from what i know of, We are talking to Dean cox and elliot omozusi at orient.... I dont think the likes of Gregory and O'Brien can leave, They are not proven championship players. I think we could use the more experienced heads well this season if we was smart, Then get rid of them the season after next whilst hopefully being back in the championship.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 11:27
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    I am not sure O'Brien will get the same first team opportunities at another club, it would be a bad decision on his part if he left. He has posted some strange comments on Twitter lately though, so if he wants to go we should let him and replace him.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 15:21
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    Keep the good chuck out the s***..its that simple.

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  • May 7, 2015 at 18:25
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    Just seen the retained list and only two players out of contract have been offered new ones Jimmy Ab and John M full praise to NH in knowing what he wanted and not afraid to let old mates go. If he can be just as decisive with the ones he wants to bring in then it's all systems go

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