MILLWALL boss Neil Harris insists he won’t be paying any attention to Millwall’s status as one of the bookmakers’ favourites for next season’s League One title.
The final make-up of the division will be known after this weekend’s playoff finals.
“I don’t take any notice that,” he said. “It’s very early days. The squad hasn’t been developed yet, players haven’t been signed yet.
“We will be judged on every result next year and if we’re still one of the favourites come February or March then I’ll be delighted."
The Lions are currently available at 8/1, second favourites behind Sheffield United who lost a crazy playoff semi-final against Swindon Town.
Wigan Athletic and Blackpool, the other two sides relegated from the Championship, are available at 9/1 and 40/1.
Blackpool yesterday released 17 players, leaving them with just 10 contracted players as they search for a new manager.
Despite relegation, there were a couple of bright notes for Millwall fans towards the end of the season with the positive impacts made by Jamie Philpot and Sid Nelson.
However, Harris is keen to avoid the pressure being favourites inevitably brings.
“Promotion is always the aim. It was the aim last season for Millwall to get out of the Championship and into the Premier League.
“What we’re not going to do is put pressure on ourselves.
“Young players in particular won’t be under any unnecessary pressure to say we’re going to get promoted. It will just get people carried away and I won’t allow that. We’ve achieved nothing so far, other than looking like a Millwall team.
“It’s an absolute given at this club that you have to look like a Millwall team and you have to work like a Millwall team and you have to put in Millwall performances.
“I can guarantee that 100 per cent. We’re a long way from talking about promotion or playoffs.
“What I will say is we will be a team that’s competitive.
“We’d like to win every game we play next year. A winning mentality will be with the club and we want to win every football match.
“We’re trying to recruit the best players available to us to get the best characters available to bring into the squad.
“That’s the target at the moment.”