NEIL HAS NO-LOSE CHANCE AS LIONS GAFFER
YOU could say that Neil Harris is risking his reputation by taking on the almost impossible task of keeping Millwall in the Championship. Personally, I’d argue that it’s a no-lose situation.
If they beat the odds and stay up, he’s an even bigger hero at the Den than he already was.
And if they go down, people won’t blame the guy who stepped in for two months. They’ll blame Ian Holloway, who was there for a year.
Can he save the day? On the face of it, Neil is someone who knows the club, knows the fans and can command instant respect from everyone in that dressing room.
But I just don’t think there is enough quality in that squad to change things.
You look at Bolton or Birmingham and the players were always there. They’d just lost their way under managers who couldn’t get the best out of them. That’s not the case at Millwall.
They’ve got one win in the last ten. They’ve conceded 60-odd goals. And this isn’t a sudden dip in form – they only just survived relegation down to League One last year.
This is long-term decline and without a transfer window to sort things out, I struggle to see what Neil can do.
The damage has been done and they almost need relegation to clear out the deadwood and start again at the lower level.
But for Neil, it’s a great break. If they can finish the season strongly – even if they don’t stay up – it will probably be enough to convince the Millwall hierarchy to give him the job full time.