Millwall are currently in the market for a new manager following Neil Harris’ decision to step down from his position last week.
The 42-year-old called time on his four-and-a-half year stint as manager following Millwall’s 1-1 draw with Luton last Wednesday which had condemned the Lions to seven games without a win during a difficult start to the season.
The Bermondsey outfit had dropped down to 18th place in the Championship the day before Harris’ exit, with the former striker failing to maintain the club’s early-season form which had seen them win two of their first three matches.
Millwall are now searching for a new manager with the likes of Mark Cooper and Roy Keane reportedly linked with replacing Harris, who had guided the Lions to promotion in 2017 and led them to two FA Cup quarter-finals.
Former Lions boss Ian Holloway has now offered his verdict on Harris’ time in charge of the club, with it being the former striker who replaced Holloway in the club’s managerial hot seat following the latter’s sacking in 2015.
Holloway claims he originally thought Harris was a fantastic appointment for Millwall when he was handed the role in 2015, while he also stated his belief that Harris was doing a good job at the club prior to his departure.
“I thought Neil Harris was a great appointment at the time, and he proved to be just that,” Holloway told The Sack Race.
“I thought that Neil was doing a very good job under difficult circumstances. Unfortunately in the summer he lost Lee Gregory – who was a goal machine for him – to Stoke, and Steve Morrison to Shrewsbury, he was their talisman. It’s been very difficult.”
Holloway was appointed Millwall manager in January 2014, but he lasted just over a year in the role as he struggled for results during his second season at the club.
His departure led to the appointment of Harris on a temporary basis before the former Millwall frontman was given the role on a full-time basis upon the end of the season.
Harris simply did not manage to achieve the required results towards the end of his reign, but there can be no doubt that he did a fantastic job throughout his time as manager of Millwall.
He led the club to promotion from League One in the 2016/17 season after just missing out in the play-off final during the previous season, while he has also guided the club towards success in the FA Cup during his time in charge.
Holloway is correct in that Harris needed to adapt following the departure of Gregory to Stoke, but I’m not sure Morrison has been the big loss Holloway is making out him to be as the forward only scored one goal last term.
Harris should receive plenty of credit for the work he has done at The Den, but I just think the quality in the current squad meant he should have achieved much better results towards the end of his tenure.