Harris wants fit Millwall players and high-tempo approach

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NEIL Harris has promised to put his players through a tough pre-season regime in preparation for life back in League One for the first time in five years.

It gives an insight into the type of football he wants his side to play in what he believes is a physical and competitive division.

“We’re going to be fit,” the Millwall boss said. “Pre-season will be difficult for the players. They'll enjoy it, but it will be tough also. We’re going to be a fit squad. Millwall teams are fit and hungry and work at a high tempo.”

Harris was witness to a turbulent period after joining the club for the first time in 1998 when Millwall went through seven managers in six years and will take what he’s learnt and apply it to the job of returning Millwall to the Championship.

“You only do what you feel is right. I take bits that I enjoyed and I take ideas from various managers and I’ve taken ideas from the staff as well.

“The sports science department play a big part, they've got the facts and the figures to what makes the players fit and what's going to work.

“It's a combined effort from myself and my staff.”

Harris will also trust his own instincts when judging if a player is suitable for the club.

“I think you take as much information as you can, and you use that knowledge the best you can,” he explained. “You will have to use the human eye as well; you have to trust yourself for what’s best with your players.

“If the player looks physically shattered it is time to take a rest.

“It goes both ways: You use the stats definitely, that's the modern thing if it benefits you, but you trust your own opinion too.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

24 thoughts on “Harris wants fit Millwall players and high-tempo approach

  • May 19, 2015 at 08:34
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    Well done bomber a complete change of approach, with young, fit & hungry players, also don't forget a touch of experience, maybe at the back and a proven 20+ goal scorer. I can't wait for this new team to shine next season, don't get me wrong I'm not expecting us to smash this league but hope to see us in the top 10 COYL

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:20
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      @sjk1768: Which proven 20+ goal striker are you talking about on £5k per week, or whatever budget we have, I am mystified. Where are these players everyone keeps talking about that won't be snapped up by other clubs needing a 20+ striker. Maybe we can get Danny Ings .............

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:58
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      @sjk1768: Unlikely we would be able to get a proven goalscorer to join us, but I honestly thing Gregory will cause other teams some real problems and could hit 20+. That's far more realistic than us signing a proven goalscorer, anyone getting that many at this level gets signed up by Championship teams anyway.

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      • May 19, 2015 at 14:34
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        @jenks4: @beedoscores
        Maybe I was being a bit optimistic at 20+, but a proven goal scorer at this level shouldn't be out of our reach also he will help and be good cover for the likes of Greggs & O'Brien

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        • May 19, 2015 at 14:58
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          @sjk1768: what about Marquis? Didn't he hit 10 or so in his 30 month loan spell in League 1 this season? Next season with good players around him should easily hit 20+ and greggs too...Championship might have been a step too big in one go but a season in L1 will make him better and more equipped for a future season in the Championship.

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  • May 19, 2015 at 08:58
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    Can't wait to see who we get, really excited for the new season. Bomber knows exactly what he wants!

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  • May 19, 2015 at 09:29
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    Couple of rumours I've heard so far which nine times out of ten turn out to be bull but heard that Jordan Archer will be our keeper next season and is likely to be released by Spurs and the one that I'm not sure on is that Tony Craig is on his way back.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 09:32
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      @Jimmy Abdous Hip: I Heard Jordan Archer will be our pLayer next year but Harris wants another experienced keeper. On the Tony Craig rumour it was in SLP which in the past has been reliable so who knows

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  • May 19, 2015 at 09:43
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    Like what i'am hearing from a millwall manager.plus the fact he mentions his staff a lot ..means we aint got a self opinionated p**** like coco..

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  • May 19, 2015 at 10:23
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    NH is exactly what this club needed after the sham we had in charge, we are down but not out its going to be a hard season and a hard league to get out of without some quality installed in the squad, sounds like NH is going for it battle will commence pressing getting in there faces we've got our wall back. Coyl

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  • May 19, 2015 at 11:11
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    Not going to Portugal then? They were two wasted trips because it produced nothing and costalot.
    Perhaps Cambersands Neil? Good luck looking forward to a couple a good signings at least.

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  • May 19, 2015 at 11:58
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    its all good reading & you know Neil will give 100% plus to the club as he did as a player , which he'll expect his team to do as well & I think we saw that while he was in charge. Hopefully we can get some preseason friendlies , I don't buy the fact that we cant or its a policing issue to have friendlies, there are enough teams around the London area that don't require a major force with the police , possibly a mini tour in Ireland / Scotland like we used to , to think that the clown said we didn't need any friendlies speaks volumes .

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    • May 19, 2015 at 12:20
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      @Jingles: Coco just liked the jollies in Portugal. At JB expense, we were all taken for a ride by that incompetent sh*t.

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      • May 19, 2015 at 15:07
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        There has been lots of comments about the youngsters we are likely to play next session. IMP we do need some experience players I do think we could be missing out on Nicky Bailey, I know he was injured for a lot of last session but the Way he played in the last few games you could see he was a winner and it showed.
        Even if he only got a years contract. COYL.

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        • May 19, 2015 at 16:46
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          @bhorne43:
          Here a couple for Ya,
          Jamie Ohara ?
          Millwall fan was decent player
          could Harris get anything out of him, had a few years of turmoil tho
          Darren o'dea also released 28 year old Irish centre halve or Gary macKenzie who was captain under ince / Rae not so long ago I know they all played for Blackpool but the club is so badly run was it players or club.

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          • May 19, 2015 at 19:06
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            @Bush:

            I agree all championship proven which is what you need to win L1

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  • May 19, 2015 at 17:15
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    Two years ago Millwall played Crawley in a friendly. I went down there to see what new manager Steve Lomas was up to. On a glorious afternoon in sunny Sussex, Millwall stuttered and were generally poor, ..especially Morrison, who looked like he was going through the motions, ...but a young Fulham left back, (forget his name) was on loan, and who was up for grabs, played his heart out, was very effective and sharp. He was definitely out to impress. Never heard of him again? Lomas missed out there. Crawley's mid field bossed the first half and they went ahead. On came the energetic Easter and scored a brilliant glancing headed goal, and we ended up wining with a late goal. Crawley were using new subs every ten minutes and were not really bothered or trying that hard towards the end. The standard from both teams was low. I came away with serious doubts about Lomas's ability to put together a winning Championship side. Unfortunately, I was right. Neil Harris feels right doesn't he? If he makes a slow start, the knives will be out early doors! Good luck Neil, I wish you good luck, and a fair wind.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 18:19
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      @Mickey Modern: you have to remember ginge was.detested from the monemt he open his dirty vermin mouth..but it were'nt just that he really was a poor choice..then they do the same with coco who treated the club like his own little toy..not a glue the pair..this time they were forced in many ways to give the job to a slightly lower paid manager.( i assume this is the case seeing they gave clown a mill. But what they have done is give the job to the right man..( not praising the board cos they were kinda forced into the decision)..and if neil gets of to a slow start as you put it .the knives will not be out for him..mainly cos we can see what he wants the team to do..not all millwall fans are fickle .only a few..in fact most mfc fans know it could take a couple of years..but it would be a bonus to do it in one.COUL

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  • May 19, 2015 at 18:25
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    Saw Holloway on BT Sport at the weekend giving his usual load of cr*p. The more I see of that money grabbing useless bas*ard the more I dislike him.

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    • May 19, 2015 at 18:32
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      How can anyone take Coco for serious or was he on weekend leave from his re-hab at the loony bin?

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  • May 19, 2015 at 18:48
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    Not sure who I dislike more, Holloway or Lomas. How about a vote?
    Likes for hating Holloway
    Dislikes for hating Lomas

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