THE addition of Nigel Gibbs to Millwall's backroom team will give boss Ian Holloway time to "get properly ready" for the January transfer window.
Gibbs, who has previously worked for Watford, Reading and Leeds, was named as the Lions' first team coach on Monday.
The 49-year-old will be heavily involved in first-team training sessions, allowing Holloway to focus more of his attention on recruiting new players.
Holloway has confirmed that Gibbs was on the verge of returning to Watford before he agreed to come to The Den.
He said: "I was lucky to get Nigel because if we'd been a day later, it would have been done.
"What this now lets me do is get properly ready for January – big time. I shouldn't be with the players all day, every day.
"Marc Bircham is similar to me, very in-your-face, but Gibbo is the other end of the scale.
"They will be invaluable for me. And in your management team, you have got to have fresh enthusiasm and some experience.
"Nigel is calm and you couldn't fluster him if you put a bonfire under him. The whole thing is absolutely spot on.
"Having another voice will be absolutely vital."
Whether Gibbs remains with Millwall long-term could depend on when Brian McDermott takes his next managerial job.
Gibbs has assisted McDermott, now working as a scout for Arsenal, at Reading and Leeds.
"What I've done is left things open so that if Brian gets a job in the summer, and if he wants to be loyal like he always is, [he can go]," explained Holloway.
"It depends on how we get on."
Holloway first considered appointing Gibbs following a recommendation from Gary Penrice.
Penrice, who has known Holloway for over two decades from their time at Bristol Rovers together, currently works in the recruitment department at Everton.
"I know Nigel through Gary , who is probably my best mate in football," explained Holloway.
"He was great mates with Gibbo at Watford, and Gibbo knows Kenny Jackett too. I'm in that Jackett family where we all know each other.
"Nigel is a loyal person and I didn't think for one minute that he'd be available right now.
"I was speaking to Gary the other night when he suggested Gibbo. I assumed he would go with Brian but he's got a job at Arsenal for the next year, so I spoke to Nigel.
"What I managed to do was sell him the role that I want him to play for me.
"It's an extensive, important role that goes through the whole club to give us the coaching that I want to go from the first team right down to our babies in the academy.
"It's not about Nigel choosing us over Watford because we’d never win that battle, would we? That club is in his heart. It was about the role and how I sold it to him.
"I used to be able to sell a fridge to an Eskimo but at the minute I seem to be losing that touch [with players], although obviously not with Gibbo.
"I knew it was an awkward time but I asked him to think about it and take us seriously, and I'm absolutely delighted he's here."