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


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

  • May 19, 2015 at 08:34

    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

      @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 18:20

        @beedoscores: sterling is putting in a transfer request, and Bales time looks up at Real.

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        • May 19, 2015 at 20:49

          @brooker: Harford doesn't fancy them, too young!!!

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    • May 19, 2015 at 11:58

      @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

        @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

          @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

    Can't wait to see who we get, really excited for the new season. Bomber knows exactly what he wants!

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