Millwall to identify alternatives after missing out on duo

© Millwall FC
© Millwall FC

NEIL Harris has spoken about missing out on signing Bradford City striker James Hanson.

The 27-year-old was the subject of three bids from Millwall but his current boss Phil Parkinson has convinced him to stay with the Bantams.

Harris also admitted the Lions’ bid to lure Alfie Mawson to The Den was unlikely to succeed.

“He’s the type of player we are after,” Harris said of the Bradford target man. “We obviously enquired about his availability and cost and they’ve come back and said at the moment he’s not for sale.

“So that’s the end of it.

“We spoke to Alfie. He had a lot of clubs to speak to and we’ve ruled that out now.

“I’ve said all along that centre-half and centre-forward are positions that we’re looking at.”

Harris also appeared to rule out signing a central midfielder after there were rumours about a possible move for Southend United’s Michael Timlin, who is a former teammate of the Millwall boss.

“We’ve already got four central midfielders so to have four centre-halves and four centre-forwards would be the ideal balance.

“We’re not going to rush. We’ve already got real quality in the squad. We showed that at the end of last season and the players will show it at the start of this season.

“I think what’s important is that the players here and the young ones coming through get the opportunity before we bring in other players.

“Additions will come in as and when the right ones become available and when we identify the players that we want.”

John Kelly

(@jkelly1882)

82 thoughts on “Millwall to identify alternatives after missing out on duo

  • June 26, 2015 at 14:47
    Permalink

    Mawson is going to Birmingham, apparently.
    By the way, did anyone notice Forde in the training pictures yesterday? I couldn't see him.

    Like (0)
    Dislike (4)
    • June 26, 2015 at 14:52
      Permalink

      @junkmale: Fordey has apparently been given a few extra days leave due to his international duties after our season ended.

      Like (3)
      Dislike (5)
    • June 26, 2015 at 14:52
      Permalink

      @junkmale: I would imagine that he would not return yet as was with RoI squad a couple of weeks ago.

      Like (0)
      Dislike (1)
    • June 27, 2015 at 12:33
      Permalink

      Appreciate I am gonna get slagged but does not make what I am saying false.
      The club has not changed course and continues on its downward spiral. People rally behind Harris, I wish him the best but he has no credentials, yes hes a club legend ....would anyone welcome his appointment if he was a club legend for Partick Thistle...his interim period between Lomas and hollowhead was poor and conjecture all you like about what ifs, but we did get relegated.
      People rave about the youth....what are we supposed to do with them, sack them?....truth is without the young players we probably could not field a team.

      I have been banging on for the last year but while Berylson remains we are more likely to get in the conference than back to the championship...we cant attract any players , Harris and the youth a cheap option....Berylsons dream of developing around the ground has been scuppered, he cares not a jot for the club.
      It Is a very perilous time for Millwall, .....scratch a little below the commendable fans optimism for the new year and there should be big red flags.....another season or two of dross, another relegation and we are heading for Hackney Marshes. Dennis Wise saw it years ago ....he wanted to push on but Theo never had his heart in it .....Kenny the same...he will have wolves in the prem in a season or two ...it could have been us but Berylson had no interest in following up, he has less now that his development plans fell through. I want Millwall to win the champions league as much as the next man.....but after 40 yrs support I recognise the danger signs.....the worst I have seen it.....Over the next season or two blind optimism is not the best love a man can show for his club.....sorry to p*** on your parade

      Like (48)
      Dislike (28)
      • June 27, 2015 at 14:47
        Permalink

        @tonytowneronthewing: I like what I see with Bomber but you are probably right,he wont get the backing from the board and thats why we missed out on the two players cause we didnt offer the valuation or the wages. We always offer well below and wonder why we did not get the player but what does anyone expect. Millwall do not spend money. We did once,£800,000 on paul goddard which remains our biggest spend on a player and how long ago was that.

        Like (7)
        Dislike (7)
      • June 27, 2015 at 17:43
        Permalink

        @tonytowneronthewing: Sound comments mate my thoughts are the same, there has been no ambition from the board since the club last went into the old first division, even then instead of investing in good players Millwall were relegated. They can appoint any manager they wish but without giving him the cash needed to buy a few decent players it is a hopeless task. The appointment of NH as manager is a sop to the supporters, a con trick because they know the fans will not give him the stick that Hollowbrains got because he is viewed as "a legend". Good luck to Neil he is Millwall through and through but are the board? Give him some money to work with.

        Like (12)
        Dislike (1)
      • June 28, 2015 at 04:29
        Permalink

        @tonytowneronthewing: harsh but true.... I hope Harris does well and I think he might.... But the chairman did not appoint Harris because he has faith, it was a typical Newcastle/Keegan or Liverpool/Dagliesh. If in doubt or before fans get the ump appoint a legendary ex player....

        But I will add I'm very positive about next season, f*** the board f*** what league we are in... I'll still go every week. Milllllllll

        Like (7)
        Dislike (3)
      • June 28, 2015 at 12:07
        Permalink

        @tonytowneronthewing:

        the problem with this analysis is that it could be said of 90% of clubs - you can't spend what you haven't got

        Like (9)
        Dislike (2)
        • June 28, 2015 at 13:13
          Permalink

          that would almost be true except....Berylson is a rich American Businessman who ivested in the club to secure the opportunity to make maga bucks by developing the area around the ground. When the council scuppered his plans his desire to keep the football club bouyant has wained....it never was his priority.
          If the council had told him to carry on and build a couple of tower block a hotel and a shopping mall do you think he would have had trouble finding the finance...I doubt it.....check back on NAD the most vocal and animated he ever was came after the councils decision.
          Lets have it right, we pay crap wages, no transfer fees, wont even fix the scoreboard.....in the great scheme of things it is a minimal investment needed to shore up an operating loss of very little. And the irony is that if he had invested properly after Kenny got the promotion, we may have moved forward and he would have got a return on his investment, or at least balanced the books. Maybe he hangs about now hoping for a council u turn, it would make sense as long as he dosent have to invest in the club ....it would appear he is not going to invest.
          You have to ask if there was an ulterior motive....there must have been ....otherwise he is a very poor buisness man....a fact not coroborated by his personal wealth. Regretably it does not matter what gem of a youth player we produce, what optionless manager, or players we attract, what plucky away day victory we produce against Rochdale or the likes, the club is in at best limbo till Berylson goes.

          Like (12)
          Dislike (4)
  • June 26, 2015 at 14:49
    Permalink

    Would have been good to get them two, have the squad sorted before pre season but alas it's not gonna happen now, so let's move on, we must have a plan B, but no panic buys pls bomber we've had enough of those to last us thxs....... I.B.W.T..........COYL's

    Like (7)
    Dislike (0)

Comments are closed.

You must have an active subscription to view further comments and leave your own.