Ambler: Harris to have final say on Millwall transfers

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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 11:32
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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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  • May 21, 2015 at 11:44
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    I don't know why Ambler has become the scapegoat for all that has been wrong with our club in recent times. Personally, I think there are a lot of people who come higher up the list. Although I think JB has always tried to do right by the club and the fans, ultimately he appointed both lomas and the clown (who was a popular choice with most at the time). Chief Executive means he 'executes' the tasks set him by the board, it doesn't make him the man who makes the decisions. holloway was a disaster for this club. Hopefully, with a good man, Bomber, as the manager, with the lessons learnt by the board, we will now see whether Ambler is good for the club or not. Up until now, I personally think, anyone would have struggled.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 12:22
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      @Adsy77777:
      Because too many people who don't actually understand what goes on, just decide to jump on th bandwagon and pretend they know everything and have a Pop at people for the sake of it. One person says something, and the rest follow like the sheep they are. Happens with a lot of things in life. That's not to say ambler hasn't been s*** over the years, but he's nowhere near as had as people make out. And like I say, none of us know what happens when the doors are closed!

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      • May 21, 2015 at 12:42
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        @82wall: you just said hes been s*** tben you say he aint as bad as people make out..well at least some people are not being two faced ..
        i've worked in football so dont take it for granted that your the only one

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        • May 21, 2015 at 21:25
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          @Jim28: all adsys saying is ambler is just doing what he is told admitingly he aint coming across to well and making himself look a d***.least nh has final say now

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        • May 26, 2015 at 03:39
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          @Jim28:
          He has made s*** decisions over the years, but gets blamed sometimes for things that aren't down to him. Also, the good work he does is never taken into account. So, no he hasn't been as bad as people make out, despite being partly responsible for some s*** times and decisions at board room level over the years. And as for being 2 faced, who's that? Me? Your knowledge of the phrase, and of the English language for that matter, is p*** poor if your basing that on my previous comment. I an always consistent with my views unlike most on here who chop and change like the weather. Give it till Christmas and if we are struggling, watch how many people are slagging off harris, then you'll see who the real 2 faced people are. You've worked in football? so have/do loads of other Millwall fans. Well done. Your views on football and Millwall in particular are awful, so I don't know what level you worked at, but I'd bet it was nothing more than park level. You know exactly what I think of you, you ain't all there in the head. So I take everything you say with a pinch of salt, not that I really take much notice of this site at all to be honest, especially your comments.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 12:27
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      @Adsy77777: at last someone talking sense , ambler isn't responsible for this shambles , just the usual idiots looking for someone to blame .

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    • May 21, 2015 at 14:12
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      @Adsy77777: I agree. The problems in the club are due to decisions made by the managers and the board who appointed those managers. Ambler simply carries out their wishes. He has no input into recruitment apart from facilitating a transfer once a manager has identified a target and the board have agreed to pay for the player.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 18:26
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      @Adsy77777: in regards to JB being the man who ultimately appointed both lomas and Holloway. Yes I suppose he had the final word on it as he was the one paying them.

      However surely he was advised by the board? Or someone that these were the right men to hire. I don't think he ever invested the required funds to actually compete in the championship (bottom 3 in championship for spending = bottom 3 for places more often than not) but I don't think it's his fault on the manager front.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 12:06
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    Take a back seat Ambler and let someone with a modicum of football knowledge make the decisions,you have cost us enough in money and status already.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 12:31
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    Get Robbo back to work with the under 21's.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 12:37
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    In other words ambler is choosing the new signings

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  • May 21, 2015 at 12:43
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    Ever since Jackett left we have been signing the s**** that no one else wanted from the Championship.
    To this day, I still can't workout how we signed that Justin Hoyte or that Ángel Martinez.
    In all honesty, JB is a very hands off owner who knows nothing about football or running a football club , so he is heavily depended on Ambler as his CEO.
    My view is that Ambler is probably good at getting us out of a scrap with the FA, however once again doesn't have a proper vision as to how we as a club progress. As much as I hope Harris and Andrew Mills work well together, I personally think we need either a new owner or new CEO.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 14:17
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      @Syd the Lion: I think you will find that it was Jackett who originally signed Hoyte on loan and promised him a permanent deal. Jackett signed his fair share of rubbish. How many sub-standard players did he get in? A lot. Look back and you will see we have had a very mixed record on signing players for a very long time. As far as I can remember, the last manager who made consistently good signings was Bruce Rioch. A lot of that is down to budgets but it is not an exact science

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      • May 21, 2015 at 14:49
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        @junkmale: Kenny jackett left the club in May 2013,Justin Hoyte arrived Nov 2013,intitially signed on loan by Lomas,the permanent signing was completed by Ambler when we were managerless.

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      • May 21, 2015 at 15:06
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        @junkmale: 'I think you will find that it was Jackett who originally signed Hoyte on loan and promised him a permanent deal'...
        How long you been going 'wall?

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  • May 21, 2015 at 13:16
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    this Andrew Mills "Data bank " sounds stoopid ......you have to use your eyes to watch transfer targets we need scouts not computer graphics and players are not statistical robots......football is simple buy players to fit the shape of the team

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  • May 21, 2015 at 13:21
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    Im not saying its his fault entirely, but I just think he's made some poor decisions over the last couple of years that have cost us. You wouldn't keep on any other playing or management staff if they did the same so i don't know why you would him. At the end of the day it was him who signed off on those short term recruitment plans which have done us in

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    • May 21, 2015 at 14:22
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      @billy88: It wasn't Ambler it was Berylson and the board that agreed on those plans. Ambler only does what her is told by the board. Anyone who suggests that Ambler makes decisions about football matters clearly has no idea who a company operates. I don't know, and neither does anyone else except those who work with him, know how good a CEO he is. Stop talking rubbish

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      • May 21, 2015 at 15:08
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        @junkmale: how can you say im talking rubbish but admit you dont know whether what im saying is right or wrong?? TBF I never thought id get so much flak for saying i think we can do better lol. Losing JB would be a big blow as no one else will take us. I might be wrong in thinking we could do better than Ambler, but somethings got to give.

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        • May 21, 2015 at 19:59
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          @billy88: Well, you don't know what Ambler does so you are basically coming to a conclusion based on no knowledge whatsoever. What I do know is that CEOs do what they are told by the board/owner/manager - they don't make decisions on signing players

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          • May 21, 2015 at 21:27
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            @junkmale: i know what a CEO does for a company pal. Below is a google translation for you, feel free to look it up yourself

            The CEO's leadership role also entails being ultimately responsible for all day-to-day management decisions and for implementing the Company's long and short term plans. The CEO acts as a direct liaison between the Board and management of the Company and communicates to the Board on behalf of management.

            Now unless football CEO's have a TOTALLY different remit than in normal business, thats news to me. Like i said he may prove me wrong next year. But JB isnt a football man, thats what Ambler is there for.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 13:23
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    people have been saying u can't blame the players then they say u can't blame the manager. So when fans blame the idiot that operates the club they say u don't no what happens behind closed doors. You don't have to be Einstein to work out that our ceo has put us in the s*** we are in now. People ain't sheep they can see with there own eyes wot a c*** andrex is.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 17:25
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      @block 28: your bang on..you dont need to be a know it all to reconize a c*** when you see one..

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      • May 21, 2015 at 20:02
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        @block 28: @Jim28: Well, I'm just glad you're not in charge of the club if that's how you reach decisions

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        • May 21, 2015 at 20:52
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          @junkmale: if he worked in any other job can you seriously say he would still be in a job.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 14:31
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    You're all wrong, I blame jordan stewart for all our problems, he started the rot when he was stealing a wage promoting his pony clothing range.

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    • May 21, 2015 at 15:03
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      Also McDonald's for pulling out & leaving us with s*** expensive food.

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  • May 21, 2015 at 19:16
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    That's a shame I thought Hoyte was your best signing Ambler

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  • May 22, 2015 at 12:40
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    Ambler is running Millwall working to a budget set by Berylson.....he says yes or no if the manager can sign a player.......he allowed Holloway and Lomas to sign a lot of overpaid journeymen as a quick fix .....if he was a football man he woudnt have agreed to half of them.....all the contracts have been abysmal too long for some and too short for others ....he kept Holloway in his job far too long when he should have been telling Berylson enough is enough.......its all very well supporting Ambler but the truth is he s been out of his depth ...Berylson needs a CEO who understands football......he has the final say on board matters........Chief Executive

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  • May 22, 2015 at 18:59
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    It's only my opinion,
    Reading the comments, everyones looking at AA, JB or the managers to blame for what's happened to our beloved club.
    At 3 o'clock on a Saturday or 7.45 midweek when the players step over that white line it's down to them no one else, and to be very frank they haven't performed.
    I can not tell you one player this season that as given us 100% every game, that's where our problem is.
    if a player as not got the ability to be skilful or tactically minded you will never teach them to be that way however to pull your sleeves up and be counted for should come naturally and we had payers at our club that had none of the above.

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