HARRY BACKING ROOKIE BIRCHAM
MARC Bircham is the perfect fit to succeed Kenny Jackett at Millwall according to his current boss Harry Redknapp.
The former Lions midfielder has been installed as the early favourite to take over from Jackett, who resigned this week after helping Millwall to beat the drop from the Championship. Bircham began his playing career at Millwall, making more than 100 appearances between 1996 and 2002 before moving to QPR and retiring from playing in 2009 due to injury.
Currently one of Redknapp’s coaching staff at Loftus Road, the 34-year-old has worked with the youth teams and assumed caretaker boss duties four years ago – leaving the current QPR boss to admit Bircham would go with his blessing.
“He’d be a really good choice and it would be a great opportunity for him,” Redknapp said.
“He’s a great lad, he works hard with the young players here and really knows the game. He would jump at it if he was given the chance.
“People will talk about a lack of experience but how do you get it
Lions old boy in frame at the Den
if no one gives you a chance? Obviously he hasn’t managed anywhere else but he has history having played there. You'll never know if you’re capable until you are given an opportunity and somewhere like Millwall would be brilliant for Marc.”
Jackett, who spent six and a half years at the Den and held the title of the league’s longest-serving manager, stepped aside feeling it was time for someone new.
This season he led Millwall to an FA Cup semi-final with Wigan, but a run of one win in their last nine league games saw them beat the drop by just two points.
Jackett, who has been tipped as one of the favourites to take over at Wolves, said:“After almost six seasons I feel the time is right for a new challenge, and also for a new manager to come into Millwall with fresh ideas.
“I would like to thank the chairman, the board of directors, players, staff and supporters for their backing.”
RETURNING LION? Marc Bircham in action for QPR. Inset: At the start of his Millwall career