TEDDY Sheringham insists former West Ham captain Steve Lomas will relish the task of winning over Millwall fans after becoming the Lions' new manager.
Sheringham knows better than most about the bitter rivalry between the two sets of supporters, having played for both clubs during his career, but says Lomas will not be fazed by his move to The Den.
The 39-year-old, who is leaving SPL side St Johnstone to fill the vacant hotseat in South London, played alongside Sheringham for the Hammers in the 2004-05 season.
And Sheringham is tipping Lomas to be a success. He told NewsAtDen: "Those connections do not mean a lot to a player or a manager – you are a professional person that wants to do the best for the club that you are working for.
"I know he spent a long time at West Ham but his main team was actually Manchester City. He is renowned for a lot more things than West Ham.
"He is a real winner and he will not want to disappoint at Millwall. I don't think the fans should take the past into consideration. He'll want to do a fantastic job for them.
"Some people are not going to like it, but Steve will win them over. He will relish it. He'll be thinking, 'don't worry about what has gone on before, judge me on the job that I do here.' He is going to love it.
"He is a hard Northern Irishman – a man that knows what he wants. I just think he is perfect for Millwall. He's a down-to-earth man, there are no airs and graces about him, he loves the nitty gritty and getting in amongst everything.
"He will be itching to get stuck in straight away. I think it's a fantastic move for Millwall and a fantastic move for Steve. It's the perfect combination."