Millwall boss Harris wants quality over quantity next season

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MILLWALL will have a "young and hungry" group of players  ready for next season’s Sky Bet League One campaign.

Manager Neil Harris also wants a trimmer squad with at least two players competing for each first-team position.

The Lions used 40 players last season but Harris is determined to prize quality over quantity next term.

He wants to add five or six players to the squad after releasing 18 shortly after the conclusion of the Championship campaign, with a striker and left-back top of the list of priorities.

The club will also add a keeper to the ranks.

“Neil wants to operate with a smaller squad than last year,” chief executive Andy Ambler said. “The core number he’s looking at is 22 or 23 players.

“I think if you look at all the most successful clubs across different leagues they use the least number of players.

“Neil wants a balance between experience and youth. ‘Young and hungry’ is a catchphrase we seem to be using going forward.

“We saw with the way the squad shaped up towards the end of last season in a difficult division an indication of the way we’re going.

“It was really pleasing to see, for instance, Jamie Philpot, even though he got injured, come on and score with his first touch in professional football.

“I think we need a younger pool and Neil is committed to building a younger squad which means as a club we’ve got to be patient.

“I’d rather when we go back to the Championship we go back with a young, hungry group.

“There’s work to be done. There are probably four or five needed to get up to that number (that Harris wants).”

 

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

48 thoughts on “Millwall boss Harris wants quality over quantity next season

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:23
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    Can the season just start already?!

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  • May 28, 2015 at 11:39
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    look at southampton last season. 7 of their first 11 played in the first 17 games or something! they gelled they got a consistent squad and played no more players than they really had to and seeing as they lost all their best players to liverpool and a couple of others before the campaign even started everyone wrote em off to go down! just goes to show what you can do with smart buys and a bit of knowledge. lomas and even more so ollie ruined this club with the complete opposite. harris is making all the right moves so far our squad was 44 large last year including loans. that's f****** ridiculous!!! we need to keep it under 28 and we'll be fine.

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    • May 28, 2015 at 12:20
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      @steveomfc5: I agree, but don't forget the reason why we had to rely on the older 30+ players.... "King" Kenny Jackett, it was his decision to get rid of the professional/elite academy all them years ago and we haven't been the same since!!

      Yes we had the success under Jackett which was fantastic, but behind the success we all failed to see the sh** he was going to leave our club in without having a proper youth academy.... As a club we have always brought through fantastic youth players and that is what our club is built on!

      It's also taken the board a long time to realise this and Holloway (the pr*ck) was the one who got the board to bring back a proper youth team structure and an elite academy, it was the only thing he got right... but boy what a thing to get right with our youth coming through now!!

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      • May 28, 2015 at 14:19
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        @Bradders: I totally agree, i think kj was trying to collect some short term funds whilst letting the long term future suffer a bit! but he did do his best on a shoestring budget tbh. ollie may have done that but literally got EVERYTHING! else wrong around him. all i know is neil harris is the long term future for this club no doubt in my mind at all. i just can't believe the nouse he's shown so far it's remarkable from someone who's inexperienced. there's a lot older managers out there that could learn a thing or two already of neil, not mentioning any names lol

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        • May 28, 2015 at 15:12
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          @steveomfc5: Exactly, Ollie got the 1st team absolutely wrong, no doubt about that but has protected our future with the academy which he deserves a bit of credit for... which is hard to say as I can't stand the bloke!

          Harris is very good with the media, of course he will be, he's Millwall and knows exactly what we want and what we want to hear... not like the rest of the pathetic managers who thought they knew Millwall..... BUT.... Harris has asked to be judged as a Manager and not as a legend at the club, so far his win ratio is 20%, 2 wins in 10 games and only 10 points won in 10 games. Let's not get too carried away, I want him to succeed more than anybody in the world but let the stats do the talking.

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          • May 29, 2015 at 12:22
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            @Bradders: a little while back I checked the stats for NH 10 games in charge against the previous 10 games and if my memory serves me right we got 2 more points for the 10 games with NH in charge and I agree with you that on the face of it that's not that impressive but if you take into consideration the circumstances under which NH took over, and then look at the way the team played during NH 10 games in charge ( the improved attitude and effort the players showed and some of the quality teams we we came up against) I think the overall picture ends up looking a lot more positive than if you only take into account the points gained, and without checking the stats again I think goals against was greatly reduced. I believe the performances were a lot better under NH. and good performances coupled fair refs should bring in the points. I.K.I.A.I.S.I.A. I'm Millwall til I die. Roll next season, reasons to be cheerful me thinks. 🙂

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      • May 28, 2015 at 18:39
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        @Bradders: Factually incorrect. Do some research before posting nonsense.

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        • May 28, 2015 at 18:56
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          @lion.ie:
          http://www.wsc.co.uk/the-archive/30-Clubs/4713-academic-excellence

          http://www.newsatden.co.uk/2393-millwall-to-overhaul-youth-system-ahead-of-new-season.html

          http://www.newsatden.co.uk/6259-fitzgerald-new-millwall-academy-has-top-drawer-facilities.html

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          • May 29, 2015 at 08:03
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            @lion.ie: In all fairness Lion, there's a lot of our supporters out there who blamed KJ for the lack of yoof coming through the ranks. I agree with Bradders to a degree because I can't remember too many of the academy playing for us while he was the Manager.

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        • May 28, 2015 at 19:52
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          @lion.ie
          Yet again Lion.ie with the correct knowledge Superb mate.
          People add bits and pieces put it together and people read and believe told nonsense.
          "research your thoughts before you post"

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      • May 29, 2015 at 12:18
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        @Bradders: I am grateful to KJ for the loyalty he showed our club and will always applaud the guy when he returns, but it is true that his legacy was an aging squad of decent League 1 players and a non-existent youth system. It's the one black spot on his otherwise faultless reign at the Den. The club went with his decision to close the academy down and opt for experience over youth, John Marquis was one of the victims of that regime.

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