Former Millwall caretaker manager Adam Barrett has reflected on his caretaker managerial stint in charge of as experienced manager Gary Rowett takes over the reins at The Den.
Barrett was placed in charge of The Lions following the resignation of Neil Harris at the start of the month, the 39 year-old in charge of the team for three games as his side beat Leeds United in his first clash at the helm.
They then lost to Brentford 3-2 at the weekend after going 2-0 up away from home and looking unlikely to lose heading into the final 10 minutes. Barrett’s side then had to come back twice last night as they drew 2-2 with Cardiff City with Rowett watching on from the stands.
The former caretaker manager said: “It hasn’t put me off, I can’t lose any more hair, so that’s a positive! I’ve really enjoyed it and I’ve tasted every emotion the last two-and-a-half weeks.
“There was the high of beating Leeds at home to the low of losing to Brentford, to tonight and a hard-fought, digging-in draw.
Was Barrett's caretaker manager spell at Millwall a success?
“It hasn’t put me off at all, it’s been a real learning curve and it’s given me a great insight.”
Barrett will now return to being a member of the backroom staff under Rowett, whose first game comes against his former club Stoke City on Saturday.
Rowett was appointed new manager late on Monday having enjoyed a managerial career with Burton Albion, Birmingham City, Derby County and Stoke City, the experienced Championship manager being the man picked to lead Millwall away from relegation trouble.
Barrett was thought to be in the running for the vacant Southend United job before former England defender Sol Campbell was appointed yesterday.
Barrett’s caretaker stint at Millwall can be considered a success, positive signs showing in the wins over Leeds United and the unfortunate defeat to Brentford at the weekend, with a lacklustre display at home to Cardiff.
The 39 year-old, however, was deemed not experienced enough by the Millwall board and he will be looking to aid Rowett going forward.