Harris hangs up boots ahead of Millwall coaching comeback

© John Walton
© John Walton

NEIL Harris has announced his retirement from football – clearing the way for the Millwall legend to return to the club in a coaching capacity.

NewsAtDen revealed how new boss Steve Lomas was keen to appoint Harris to his backroom staff and that now appears a formality after the striker's contract at Southend United was terminated by mutual consent.

It is understood Harris will be heavily involved in the Lions first-team set up, but could double up as the U21s manager – a position chief executive Andy Ambler has previously confirmed he is looking to fill this summer.



The 35-year-old has been forced to retire because of a knee injury.

He said: "I enjoyed my time with Southend. It was a boyhood dream of mine playing for the club I used to watch from the North Bank.

"Unfortunately due to injury I have had to end what has been a very enjoyable career. I am now looking ahead to my future."



Blues boss Phil Brown added: "It is a real shame I didn't get the opportunity to work with Neil here at Southend. He is an absolute legend of the game and I wish him all the very best for the future."

Southend confirmed in a statement that Harris is set to "explore coaching opportunities." In total, Harris scored 156 goals in 566 career appearances.

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21 thoughts on “Harris hangs up boots ahead of Millwall coaching comeback

  • June 21, 2013 at 16:23
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    If he's on is way ( and I'm sure he is ) then he is best first signing Lomas could have made.
    Welcome home Bomber.

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  • June 21, 2013 at 16:27
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    Super, Super Neil
    Super, Super Neil
    Super, Super Neil
    Super Neil Harris!!!!!!!

    Welcome home Bomber

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  • June 21, 2013 at 16:28
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    Cor its been a busy day, i ain't got hardly any work done.....Neil 'Bomber' Harris, will by far be the best signing of the summer. Can you imagine him and Lomas on the touchline when things start getting heated.....F*** a stote...

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  • June 21, 2013 at 16:32
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    If this is true, we should soon know if it is dont expect the second coming he is unproven as a coach but he is a real Millwall man and I think jsut having him around the place can instill what the place is about. Lets hope he and all the new brooms who also come to the Den succeed.

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  • June 21, 2013 at 16:36
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    That goal brings shivers down my spine

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    • June 21, 2013 at 17:59
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      @bleachy81: Its great to see a true craftsman at work, he will be able to show the other clowns up front where the f------g goal is.

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  • June 21, 2013 at 16:40
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    What a fantastic bit of news , welcome back Sir Neil......

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  • June 21, 2013 at 17:01
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    I can't wait for this season to start. Even if he is at the beginning of his career his presence and attitude will be infectious. The under 21's will understand what it is to be a Millwall player!

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  • June 21, 2013 at 17:35
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    Great news and true Millwall player. COYL

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  • June 21, 2013 at 17:43
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    A master stroke by Steve Lomas - welcome home Bomber!

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  • June 21, 2013 at 18:00
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    Seeing that goal gives me goosebumps every time I see it!! What an absolute master stroke from Lomas if haris comes back!! Think it could make all the difference!

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  • June 21, 2013 at 20:40
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    E F****** I O

    WELCOME HOME

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  • June 21, 2013 at 22:06
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    He's coming home, he's coming home, he's coming, Bomber's coming home!

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  • June 22, 2013 at 01:15
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    Welcome home chopper
    Welcome home.
    Your an absolute legend
    And you Working with us is an absolute no Brainer.

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  • June 22, 2013 at 02:46
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    Bring him home!

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  • June 22, 2013 at 11:39
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    A good move, but Lomas has some serious balls to do it. Surely he'll know that 3 defeats on the spins will have the angry mob calling for Harris to replace him. Still, it's for the good of the club that Harris is coming back. The more people who understand the club there are in positions of authority, the better it'll be for the club. If Robbo's doing his coaching badges, we should sort him a coaching job too, if he passes them.

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    • June 22, 2013 at 13:06
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      I agree completely , keep the "bloodline" going within the club. Robbo and Dunney are all we've got at the moment. Years ago , Liverpool done it , bringing up the coaches from number 2 to take over one day. Look at the success they in the 70s and 80s. For us , Championship consolidation year in year out and "real Wall" at the helm is a must.

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      • June 22, 2013 at 18:29
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        @Block 8: Smart words Block 8, couldn't agree more. I'm not suggesting we 'inbreed' LOL, but I know what you mean. It maintains a sense of club ownership through each generation. No more so than Bomber, who would run through walls for 'Wall. If he can't get that through to some of those player in that dressing room, then no-one can. I think this is a good move by the club, and if it was SL's idea, then a very very shrewd one by him, nice work. I know every club feels that they are 'unique' but we truly are and those player need to feel and understand that.

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  • June 23, 2013 at 08:46
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    Great news. Now all we need are some decent strikers for him to work with. He will have no chance with marquise ,nguessen, we know Keogh can score if he is mentally ok, Easter ? F*** knows. Anyone know if Chaplow is back on our radar

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    • June 23, 2013 at 19:42
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      @DELBOY64: Dare I say it, I think Marquis still has more to give given then right guidance, which Bomber is capable of giving. Give him another season. I will drive DNG personally to any other club!

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  • June 23, 2013 at 15:56
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    The man is a Wall legend, get the deal done. COYL

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