Millwall 'a few transfer windows' away from where they want to be

MILLWALL are still “a few transfer windows” away from realising the vision of exactly the side they want, according to Lions assistant boss Dave Livermore.

Livermore and manager Neil Harris took over on a permanent basis in April 2015, and have completely transformed the playing squad and the style of football.

In just over two-and-a-half years in full charge the duo have led Millwall to two play-off finals, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, promotion, and they are currently consolidating their position in the Championship.

Nine of the players that started in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough last Saturday were signed by Harris, and Livermore is thankful that they were given the time to rebuild the club.

“One hundred per cent, yeah, that’s a plus in our football club that we’ve got a chairman that gives managers time,” Livermore said. “That’s important if you’re going to build anything, it’s very difficult to do over the short term.

“We’re into two-and-half-plus years now, and we’re just starting to see more, week-in, week-out, what we consider to be a Millwall team.

“It will probably take a few more transfer windows to get it to exactly where we want it. That’s the good thing, we’re always trying to improve and get better. I think in terms of the performances this season we can be pretty pleased with how we’ve done so far.

“You have spells when you have time to look back and consider how far we’ve come. We’re pleased where the club is now compared to where it was. We’d like to think there is a team now that reflects our support and hopefully the fans are happy with what they have seen.

“I think we’re only going to get better.”

Livermore and Harris have been in charge for 153 competitive games, and the assistant boss believes they have a good combination of qualities.

“We balance off, you get a sense of what the mood is like in the camp,” Livermore said. “If he’s had to dig someone out for some reason – they probably get the harsher words from the gaffer – then maybe it might be my job to try and start that process of building them back up again.

“You get a feel for what’s required. I’ve known Neil for a long time and worked with him for a long time. I think our qualities are very different but they complement each other very well.”

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John Kelly