BYRON WEBSTER said Neil Harris is a “top geezer” and “top manager” after the former Lions striker led Millwall to promotion at Wembley on Saturday.
Webster’s family live in the north of England, and he often travels to the training ground with Wembley match-winner Steve Morison, who is based in Northampton.
North Yorkshire-born Webster revealed Harris accommodates his living arrangements, often giving him extra time off to spend with his partner Katie and their family.
Harris is Millwall’s record goal-scorer, but that hasn’t prevented him being criticised by fans at times in his two years in charge of the club.
But on Saturday, in his first senior job in football management, Harris, with his assistant Dave Livermore, steered Millwall to the Championship after two years in League One.
“He takes some stick, we all take some stick,” Webster said of Harris. “Our fans are passionate. The idiots coming on the pitch afterwards doesn’t paint us in a good light but it is just passion.
“[Harris] has got an abundance of it.
“As a player he was a legend and as a manager he is there for everyone, the things that happen behind the scenes, how he’s there for you.
“My family is up north and he comes and speaks to you, gives you an extra day off. I can’t speak highly enough of him. He’s a top geezer and a top manager.”
Millwall won promotion by beating Bradford 1-0 a year after losing the play-off final to Barnsley.
They had key contributors in the win over the Bantams, Jordan Archer making a brilliant save from Billy Clarke in the first half and then Shaun Williams starting the move that led to Morison’s late winner.
It was a dramatic conclusion to the season, after Millwall only reached the play-offs after a last-gasp final-day league win over Bristol Rovers.
“It’s the best way to do it,” Webster said. “But we knew if we hadn’t won it would’ve been the worst day ever, like last year.
“But we’ve done it and the rest is history.
“We knew they were going to have a lot of the ball. They are a good team, a very good team. They didn’t really cause us problems, but Jordan has pulled off an unbelievable save.
“Then we’ve got the big man up top that is going to slot it away.
“We know what we’re good at and what we’re not good at. The fans might get frustrated, and whatever else. It’s our tactics and we work hard at it. Credit to the staff and behind the scenes – the manager, Livers and everyone.”
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