Ambler: Harris to have final say on Millwall transfers

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© Edmund Boyden

MILLWALL chief executive Andy Ambler says the club have changed the way they recruit but that Neil Harris will have the final say on transfers.

The Lions have already identified a number of targets for each area that needs strengthening.

Ambler stressed they are keen to avoid any late scramble to complete the squad before the start of next season.

The immediate priorities are a new striker and a left-back, while Harris has hinted that the new captain could also be a new arrival.

Uncertainty continues to surround the future of David Forde, who signed a three-year deal with the club last summer.

However, relegation to League One triggered a reduction in his wages and with Euro 2016 a year away and the Republic of Ireland still in with a chance of qualifying for France, Forde will feel his best chance to regain his international place lies in playing at a higher level.

Should he depart then Ambler said the club will seek to replace him with an experienced keeper.

The Lions are also waiting to hear back from Jimmy Abdou and John Marquis who have been offered new deals.

Ambler said Harris is positive about the new approach to recruitment.

“We want to have at least five or six credible targets for each position,” Ambler said. “Andrew (Mills) has been brought in to head up the recruitment department and we’re looking at it long term.

“Neil’s really happy with the way it’s panning out. He’s seen plenty of games in the last few weeks. The under-21s are still playing and there have been (Championship, League One and League Two) playoff games. Obviously he’ll have the final say in any signings.”

“We have to monitor what happens with David Forde. The ideal situation is you’d have an experienced keeper with a young one coming in.

“Goalkeepers tend to be available quite a lot but the problem is you have to look into their background. That’s the importance of the recruitment department.”

The Lions are also actively seeking an under-21 coach with Harris setting out a vision of how he wants young players at the club developed.

Ambler added: “Neil did a tremendous job the last few years and he’s got ideas how he wants the role to be continued.

“We spread the net wide to try to bring the right person in. We advertised through the PFA, the LMA and we’re in the middle of interviews for the position.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

34 thoughts on “Ambler: Harris to have final say on Millwall transfers

  • May 21, 2015 at 11:15
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    Can he transfer you out then Ambler?

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  • May 21, 2015 at 11:32
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    You should have been booted out with the rest of the deadwood. I wouldn't let you run a game of hide and seek.

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