Millwall skipper urges focus ahead of Brentford clash as boss search continues

ALEX Pearce said it would be a “clean slate” for the squad under the next Millwall manager.

Pearce was signed by Neil Harris and made club skipper. He has recently lost his place in the side to vice-captain Shaun Hutchinson.

Millwall have two weeks during the international break to prepare for their trip to west London to face Brentford next Saturday.

Training is currently being overseen by caretaker Adam Barrett, along with under-23 boss Kevin Nugent and his assistant Paul Robinson.

Gary Rowett is currently favourite for the job, while on Monday Sky Sports claimed the Lions had made an approach for Wycombe’s Gareth Ainsworth, who is currently second favourite followed by Tim Cahill, Phil Parkinson, Kevin Muscat and Barrett.

Millwall head to Griffin Park hoping to build on their win over Leeds.

“It’s a clean slate for everyone,” Pearce said. “There will be a settling-in period. We’ll want to get to know the new manager, he’ll want to get to know us – if it is a new manager coming in.

“The club are obviously trying to sort out in which direction they want to go. As players we just need to be fully concentrated at all times with Ads, Robbo and Nuge, put 100 per cent into that and whatever comes our way comes our way.

“These things happen, I’ve been at clubs where managers have left. You just need to try to knuckle down and keep it as normal as possible.

“It’s never nice when you see a manager go but that is the game that we’re in. I thought we moved on quite well on Saturday and we need to carry on with Ads, the staff and the squad.”

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John Kelly