Manager won't put any pressure on Millwall youngsters

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MILLWALL boss Neil Harris insists he won’t be paying any attention to Millwall’s status as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for next season’s League One title. 

The final make-up of the division will be known after this weekend’s playoff finals.

“I don’t take any notice that,” he said. “It’s very early days. The squad hasn’t been developed yet, players haven’t been signed yet.

“We will be judged on every result next year and if we’re still one of the favourites come February or March then I’ll be delighted."

The Lions are currently available at 8/1, second favourites behind Sheffield United who lost a crazy playoff semi-final against Swindon Town.

Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, the other two sides relegated from the Championship, are available at 9/1 and 40/1.

Blackpool yesterday released 17 players, leaving them with just 10 contracted players as they search for a new manager.

Despite relegation, there were a couple of bright notes for Millwall fans towards the end of the season with the positive impacts made by Jamie Philpot and Sid Nelson.

However, Harris is keen to avoid the pressure being favourites inevitably brings.

“Promotion is always the aim. It was the aim last season for Millwall to get out of the Championship and into the Premier League.

“What we’re not going to do is put pressure on ourselves.

“Young players in particular won’t be under any unnecessary pressure to say we’re going to get promoted. It will just get people carried away and I won’t allow that. We’ve achieved nothing so far, other than looking like a Millwall team.

“It’s an absolute given at this club that you have to look like a Millwall team and you have to work like a Millwall team and you have to put in Millwall performances.

“I can guarantee that 100 per cent. We’re a long way from talking about promotion or playoffs.

“What I will say is we will be a team that’s competitive.

“We’d like to win every game we play next year. A winning mentality will be with the club and we want to win every football match.

“We’re trying to recruit the best players available to us to get the best characters available to bring into the squad.

“That’s the target at the moment.”

John Kelly


13 thoughts on “Manager won't put any pressure on Millwall youngsters

  • May 20, 2015 at 10:11

    As long as every game they give 200% chase every lost cause if and what they achieve will be a bonus without the effort everything else is irrevant

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  • May 20, 2015 at 10:35

    If you chase every lost cause you end up tired quickly with no pace

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    • May 20, 2015 at 12:22

      @benzo: you are right benzo to chase every lost cause can be counter productive,but i know what southstand is getting at,the player's have to learn when to chase down the ball,take martin against Derby he chased the ball down their goalkeeper messed up and gregory scored,had martin been 2 or 3 yard's further away from the goalkeeper it would have been a lost cause.
      What we need is player's to use their brain not headless chicken's.

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  • May 20, 2015 at 10:42

    “We’d like to win every game we play next year. A winning mentality will be with the club and we want to win every football match." - Amen to that. It's the winning mentality that puts teams like Bournemouth and Brentford on those unstoppable winning runs through League One and continue through to the Championship into a top 10 finish. Belief, an expectation and the application to win games ugly if necessary, it seems the smaller closer-knit squads do that more often and with the right players and mindset Harris is looking for, we will be able to do just that too.

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  • May 20, 2015 at 11:00

    Bombers signings will be the key,to go with the youngsters.

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  • May 20, 2015 at 14:44

    2nd favourites? I'd love to think so, but team reboot never happens in one season. I can imagine 3 years with gradual better finishes. Which is fine so long as we end up with a team like 2002 (and hold onto it).

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    • May 21, 2015 at 08:12

      @SE14: can't see why people disagree on your statement we all won't the same thing

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    • May 21, 2015 at 08:14

      I think forget a new improved team we need to overhaul the fans and inject some positivity around the den nothing is instant give it time

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  • May 20, 2015 at 17:11

    again Neil is speaking sense, lets not take any notice apart from ourselves , as Neil says we haven't achieved anything yet, & only come next Feb can we see how far weve come. I like the bit that we have to look like a Millwall team, work like a Millwall team & perform like a Millwall team .

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  • May 21, 2015 at 14:10

    I hate to say it, but the "Millwall type of player" talk is getting a bit repetitive. Yes we need that, but we also need a bit of quality. Having strength, bravery and leaving your foot in on a tackle to get the crowd on side is all well and good, but not balancing this out with good technical talent will not get us anywhere in the long term.

    I get the feeling that people on here wouldn't mind us getting hammered every week as long as the players displayed a "Millwall performance"… That attitude is not necessary for success as Bournemouth and Brentford proved last year, hopefully (and I know he will) Harris realises this. COYL

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