New Millwall boss outlines plans – and reveals former manager told him of 'big opportunity'

GARY Rowett has set his sights high at Millwall – and is looking forward to working with a “young and hungry” Lions squad.

Rowett will watch Millwall's Championship clash against Cardiff at The Den tomorrow from the stand before preparing his new side to take on his former team Stoke next Saturday.

Rowett praised Neil Harris and Dave Livermore for what they left in place.

“I spoke to Neil quite soon after he left and typical of the character he is he spoke absolute volumes about the club, the people here and the fans, and the fact that he felt it was a big opportunity,” Rowett told the club’s website.

“We wanted to come somewhere incredibly passionate and with a real football feel to it, and I’m so excited.

“I’ve watched the team, I’ve seen the fans respond to the team, in particular the home games – the atmosphere is incredible.

“We feel we can build something. We’re respectful of the fact that Neil and David have done so much good work to build the team to the level that it’s at. We want to try to maintain a lot of those principles and characteristics but then take it on in our own way and see if we can improve some of those elements.

“What I feel we can bring to the team is what we’ve done at previous clubs in the Championship which is, whether now or in the future, challenge for those top positions.

“I believe the team are capable of more, I believe we can help some of those players to develop. I’m really excited with the group we’ve got, it’s a really mobile, young, hungry group and that’s exactly what we want to work with.”

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John Kelly