Harris: Millwall in 'good place' as CEO takes over

STEVE Kavanagh began his new role at Millwall on Monday, and manager Neil Harris is looking forward to renewing a working relationship with the club’s latest chief executive.

Harris and Kavanagh’s career paths crossed at Southend, where Millwall’s record goalscorer ended his playing days in 2013.

Kavanagh spent eleven years as finance director and chief executive of Charlton before becoming CEO of Southend in 2012, when the club were in League Two.

Coincidentally, Kavanagh’s first game as Millwall chief executive will be against Southend and Phil Brown, whom he appointed manager in 2013 and who led the club to promotion to League One in 2014-15.

Kavanagh replaced Andy Ambler, who spent a decade in the role and is now working for the FA.

Millwall lost 3-1 to Southend in September which began a run of four successive league losses. But four wins in their last five has lifted the mood ahead of the FA Cup clash with the Shrimpers at The Den on Friday night.

And Harris believes Kavanagh will find his new club is in a healthy state on and off the pitch.

Harris said: “Steve will come in and assess the football club. He has got good experience and is a good football guy.

“The club now is in a good place. Things have been going better on the pitch, and we’re more hopeful now of being able to secure the stadium and the land around the club.

“The community links and the club infrastructure are solid.

“Steve will take his time to make assessments and tweak the odd thing to make us more efficient.

“But he will support me and the infrastructure that we have here at the moment.”

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John Kelly