NEIL Harris says he has "huge respect" for Steve Bruce ahead of Millwall's clash with Aston Villa this weekend.
Harris takes the Lions to Villa Park on Saturday looking for a first away win of the season after last weekend's confidence-boosting 3-1 victory over Sheffield United.
Villa have lost just once at home in the league this season.
Villa is the eighth club Bruce has been in charge of, and he has achieved four promotions from the second tier in his managerial career.
The former Manchester United captain took over at Villa in October 2016 with the side 19th in the Championship after relegation from the Premier League, before leading them to a 13th-place finish.
The Villans won only one of their first seven league fixtures of the season, but their form picked up and they are now fifth.
"I've only spoken to him over the phone, but he's a really good guy and I have huge respect for what he has achieved as a manager after being outstanding as a player," Harris said.
"He's got a really good managerial record. He took a tough job on at Villa last season and he consolidated and stabilised and he's got them into a really good place this year.
"He would be the first to say there is no given right for any club to be in the top two in any division, you have to earn that. He's certainly dragged them into a good position.
"Yes he's got huge finances and a great squad available to him but you've still got to get the results.
"The bigger the game, the bigger the opponent, the more expensive the opponent, the better we have played."
Meanwhile, Harris was underwhelmed with Millwall's FA Cup draw that will see them play Barnsley in the third round in January.
"I thought the draw was excellent, one of the best in the third round for a long time," Harris said. "Other than Millwall playing Barnsley."
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