Harford's role changes as Millwall chief scout heads for exit

© Keith Gillard
© Keith Gillard

CHIEF scout Jamie Johnson is leaving Millwall after over four years in the job.

NewsAtDen understands that Johnson, who was appointed by ex-manager Kenny Jackett, is being made redundant as part of an overhaul of the club's scouting network.

In the short term, assistant boss Mick Harford will take up the role – but he will focus primarily on scouting opposition teams.



Last weekend, Harford watched Bolton, who the Lions play this weekend, beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Dean Court.

Steve Lomas wants to place a greater emphasis on data analysis in the build up to first-team matches, and Harford's reports will form an integral part of that preparation.

It is unclear who will take up the mantle of recruitment, but the club's annual investment in that department will be increased, it is believed.



Johnson and chief executive Andy Ambler both declined to comment on the matter.

But, speaking in June, Ambler said: "Over the last 12 months, one area of criticism has been recruitment. That's not to criticise Jamie, but that's another area we need to strengthen."

He added: "We feel the new manager needs to focus closely on recruitment and implement an improved system for bringing players in."

During his time at the club, Johnson has been instrumental in the signings of, amongst others, Harry Kane, Chris Wood, Jason Puncheon, Andros Townsend, Liam Trotter, Richard Chaplow, Mark Beevers and, most recently, Leicester City loanee Martyn Waghorn.

Last year, the 41-year-old recommended the signing of then Bournemouth left back Scott Malone, who has been a revelation this season.

But the former Tottenham scout will be moving onto pastures new, with his departure set to be announced by the club imminently.

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21 thoughts on “Harford's role changes as Millwall chief scout heads for exit

  • November 7, 2013 at 07:24
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    He found some decent signings...

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  • November 7, 2013 at 07:26
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    Good luck Jamie, you brought some real gems of players to our club and I wish you well for the future. Good to see that our new management are focussed better data on the oppo though, it is the way most successful clubs are going.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 07:28
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    Will Harford return to first team management when they recruit the replacment for JJ?

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    • November 7, 2013 at 19:22
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      @glyngo:
      If he's been made redundant , he can't be replaced can he ?
      A new name for the old role at least needs to be manufactured

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  • November 7, 2013 at 08:40
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    We'll it seems like this bloke has been responsible for some of the best players we've had in the last few years, on the face of it he looks like he's been hard done by .

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  • November 7, 2013 at 08:58
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    To be fair the list that was printed looked pretty good, but the club and not JJ either chose not to sign them or did not try hard enough to sign these players, and with Scott Malone KJ chose not to play him for his own reasons, so as said by others JJ seems to have been hard done by.

    But if SL is restructuring the club then I supposea lot of the old KJ team will be moved on in time, so the team and the club will have the Lomas look about it "lets hope it is a winning look" good luck for Saturday COYL!!!!.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:02
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    He did find some players but this looks like a personality clash to me.
    If we're going to invest in scouting, then let's do so with an eye on youth. Loooking at what Palace have found in the last few years is proof that some very good players are out there waiting to be found.
    Next- The commercial department please. If anything needs a major sort-out it's that rabble.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:09
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    Sounds like we acquired some real gems with Mr Johnson but that’s his job isn’t it? I wonder how many duds he got us as well?
    Anyway, good luck for the future whatever club you join.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 09:58
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    Who are these gems he's found?! With the greatest respect every player we've signed in the past 4 years I could have told KJ about with the exception of Karleigh!! And what a gem he is... So much so we've packed him off to the foot of league 1!!! Last season JJ spent more time rabbiting to Aldo than scouting for players! Think it's a shrewd move by the club!

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  • November 7, 2013 at 10:02
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    So this bloke was responsible for Hulse and Tyson? Good riddance I say and well done Millwall for this continued overhaul. The future is bright

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  • November 7, 2013 at 10:24
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    The list msybe good but he is also responsable for bringing in all the s*** we have had too. Opens up a new chapter for the club as far as Im concerned.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 11:01
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    There has not been the concentration on building a youth squad as done in the past by Bob Pearson and Derek Healy, They bought in despite fierce competition the likes of Teddy Sheringham, Kevin o' Callaghan, Keith Stevens, Alan Mcleary, Dave Mehmet and many more.
    The club needs a youth minded scout to build from below.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 12:34
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    There are some good lads in the development squad, just not sure SL, or any manager for that matter, has the guts to give them a go.

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    • November 7, 2013 at 15:37
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      @beedoscores: I agree they should bring them on but not too fast.

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    • November 7, 2013 at 17:08
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      @beedoscores: i reall y do think lomas will have the guts to give the youngsters their chance if they show they want it,after all he got woolford and malone on the go and they took their chance,i have a lot of time for lomas and i think he will be good for millwall.

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    • November 7, 2013 at 19:04
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      @beedoscores:
      It may not be a case of having the guts the play the youngsters , it's giving the manager time to bring them through. Lomas was written off in July , it's ridiculous

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      • November 7, 2013 at 23:27
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        @Block 8: i think he was written off mainly by the anti west ham fans,funny thing is of all the west ham players we have had in the past none have also ever had the abuse lomas has had.also i can remember our muched loved harry cripps having his testimonial match against west ham nothing said then, i do wonder why.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 18:15
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    Good work and good luck jamie
    Thanks for your time. Shame you had very little help the past yr or two,as above you brought in some very good players and if you had a bigger team (scouts) then im sure we wouldnt have struggled as much as we have.
    All the best.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 21:15
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    I think the overhaul is important. The bloke helped bring in some great loan players no doubt but with the exception of Malone we have not had many players make the step up from the lower divisions.

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  • November 7, 2013 at 21:56
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    It was a pleasure watching Kane and Townsend at the Den and we still have Malone,Trotter and waghorn, Thanks and good luck to you Jamie.

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  • November 8, 2013 at 07:41
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    A scout at MILLWALL is one of the most redundant roles ever, all of the above quoted players were done through networking / word in mouth. How comes we don't pick up good players from lower leagues anymore??? Which many clubs are still proving there out there still, you have to look but spend, but a freebee from Portsmouth means fu£k all, compared to a hungry player

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