NEIL HARRIS wants Millwall to be “treated fairly” in any decision about the future of land around The Den.
The Lions boss is hoping that Lewisham Council members take into account the important work the club does in the Bermondsey area before seeking Compulsory Purchase Orders and potentially selling the land to a private developer.
A decision on the CPOs was delayed last week, renewing hope that a deal can be struck between the club and the Council.
And Harris says he is backing his chairman John Berylson who wants Millwall included in any plans for the regeneration of the area.
“What we try to do is not only what’s best for Millwall Football Club but what’s best for the community as well,” Harris said.
“A club like ours relies on community and society. We’re not hugely against plans to redevelop but where we are at the moment, and with the football club being the hub of Bermondsey society, we should be partly in control of what happens around the ground.
“All we want to do is make sure Millwall Football Club is treated fairly and appreciated for what we’ve put back into the community, and ultimately make sure the sporting side of things, community-wise, is taken care of.
“Hopefully there will be a natural conclusion to it that will be in the best interest of all parties.
“I fully support the club and the chairman. We have to make sure that Millwall is protected long term but also people around us, the people we care for in the community, are taken care of.”