Millwall boss: Players know what it means to represent club

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NEIL Harris says his players know exactly what he expects of them as they begin pre-season preparations today.

But he warned management and fans will have to show patience with such a young side.

The squad will spend the next 10 days at their training complex on Calmont Road before departing for Portugal on Sunday week for five days of warm-weather conditioning.

They arrive back on July 10 and play their first pre-season friendly at Bromley four days later.

The Lions squad were given off-season programmes to follow and Harris confirmed the first two days at Calmont Road will be spent mostly assessing the players’ fitness levels.

And he said they will incorporate ball work in training sessions as early as possible before focusing on strategy and team shape.

“Tactically, things will really start when we go to Portugal,” he said. “That’s when we’ll really start to fine tune things.

“The players that were here last season know what my expectations are for every game. When I address the players this week I’ll be telling them what I expect of them on and off the pitch.

“We’ll build a team spirit and camaraderie that we’ll carry onto the pitch. We’ll be competitive in every game. We’re out there representing the football club and aiming to win every game.

“As for the league position, we want to be competitive, we want to be a top team. But we’ll have a young side so we’ll have to be patient at times.”

Meanwhile Harris is looking at the positives after Millwall were last week handed some awkward Tuesday night fixtures by the Football League.

“It’s part and parcel of football,” he said. “It’s more disappointing for the fans really, but for the players as well. You want support and on Tuesday nights it makes it more difficult. Wigan, Blackpool and Fleetwood are days out that the fans could enjoy so the fact that they’re on a Tuesday is a bit of a shame.

“That’s something we’ve had to get used to over the years but it still doesn’t make it any less disappointing.

“I think there’s a bit of frustration there for everybody, but then again we’ve come out on the right side of things at Christmas. I think that’s a bit of a bonus for us, being at home on Boxing Day.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

12 thoughts on “Millwall boss: Players know what it means to represent club

  • June 25, 2015 at 07:40
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    I think we're in for a blinding season!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 09:01
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    Is this league harder and more competitive than when we were last in it with the likes of Southampton, Norwich, Leicester, Leeds, Charlton and a seasoned MK Dons team who had been pushing for top 6 place for years? No. Ok we got the likes of Wigan, Sheffield United and Bradford but there is no reason why we shouldn't be aiming for a top 2 spot providing we are able to bring in one more good quality striker. If Hanson deals doesn't happen I don't know of the top of my head any other strikers his age (Under 30) with his sort of presence and experience who could fill the target man role... Matt Smith probably but how likely is it the club would be able to get him even on season long loan?

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    • June 25, 2015 at 10:47
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      @Bexley_Lion:

      Well said mate, there's nothing in this league that should worry or concern us - let them worry about us because once our youngsters have gelled, nothing should stop us.

      COYL!!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 10:11
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    Mat smith is a great shout as he spent time in this division last season

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    • June 25, 2015 at 11:02
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      @DELBOY64:DELBOY I cannot see Smith happening,as he has already tuned us down twice,1 to sign a new contract with Leed's,2 he then signed for Fulham,so would we want him if his third choice is Millwall.

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      • June 25, 2015 at 11:15
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        @jim1222: Agree jim, he finished last season as fulhams centre forward, my good mate who is a Fulham fan really rates him, so i cant see them releasing him anyway!

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  • June 25, 2015 at 10:57
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    Well said Neil.
    But as far as Wigan being a day out, speak for yourself...lol...

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  • June 25, 2015 at 16:00
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    sorry to be negative but last season we lost and struggled to all the lower teams and this division always throws up unfashionable teams that have blinding seasons that said what should be on paper a good season for us and what actually happen are 2 different things
    anybody who has followed Wall over many years know the expected dose not always happen i hope im totally wrong but 3/4 years at least stuck in league 1

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    • June 25, 2015 at 18:37
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      @southstand: I agree with you in part, we will take time to gel and time to get used to the pace of L1...but last season under coco we could have been beaten by a team of 12 year olds who had false legs and were blind...NH had us playing better towards the end and should we have got NH in before the end of the transfer window closed in Jan, we might have survived...

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  • June 25, 2015 at 18:31
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    This time last year the bookies were .making us 2nd fav to go down.which we did..this time we are favoirates to go up..them bookies seldom get it wrong

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