He may no longer be manager of his beloved Millwall, but Neil Harris is continuing to rub it with the best in the Championship and will be hoping his Cardiff City side can produce a strong finish to the season and earn themselves a play-off place as they look for an immediate return to the Premier League.
Prior to Harris’ departure, the Bluebirds were seven points adrift of the top-six. Fast forward four months and 20 games and that gap is currently down to just five points – with Cardiff ironically level on points with Harris’ former side.
Here, we take a look at three things that we’ve learned about Neil Harris since he took the reins in South Wales…….
He isn’t a one-trick pony
Questions were raised when Harris left The Den as to whether he had application and knowledge to manage outside of Millwall.
Well, the 42-year-old has certainly answered those questions during his short stay at the Cardiff City Stadium and even though the Bluebirds currently find themselves on a four-match winless run – their worst since Harris became manager – he has made progress in the Welsh capital.
His style of football is the same as at Millwall
Harris might have left Millwall behind, but he was also going to bring a similar style to Cardiff and continue the good work that Neil Warnock left behind.
Besides the 6-1 thumping at QPR on New Year’s Day, which was Harris’ worse result of his managerial career, Cardiff’s results have been what you expect from a manager that is generally quite defensive and makes his sides hard to beat.
Just four defeats in 20 Championship matches is mighty impressive, whilst the Bluebirds have predictably drawn the majority (9) of his matches in charge, although the only surprise is that six of those have come at home.
Leaving Millwall benefited both parties
At the time of his departure, Harris leaving Millwall looked like a big mistake for both him and the club.
But as the weeks have passed and now that the former Lions boss is in another secure Championship job, it makes perfect sense.
Millwall needed something new, a breath of fresh air, which is exactly what Gary Rowett has provided, whilst Harris has certainly continued his progression as a manager.