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Is Neil Harris the most underrated manager outside the Premier League?



Issues off the pitch may have dominated, but this has been a remarkably successful season for Millwall.

Little was expected from Millwall at the start of the season due to them coming through the League One play-offs and spending little in regards to transfers in order to improve the squad.

However, they have outperformed all expectations as they currently sit in 12th place even though little attention seems to be focused on them.

There is an eight point gap between them and Nottingham Forest in 15th, so they are unlikely to drop much lower than where they are currently.

It may be cliche, but Neil Harris has focused on the basics in order to get them where they are rather than attempting anything ambitious.

They play in a basic 4-4-2 formation which makes them hard to break down.

An average of 62% pass success per game as well as an average of 33.8 aerial duels won per game reinforces the long ball nature of their style. According to WhoScored, 25% of their goals have come from set pieces.

It may not be the most exciting style to watch it has produced results.

Harris deserves plaudits for the success they have had especially with the limited resources.

He obviously has an eye for a bargain because five of the starters in the recent victories against Burton, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham have joined the club in the past year with the fees spent being negligible.

The Lions have indirectly benefitted from Wolves’ takeover because Jed Wallace and George Saville both joined Millwall from there in the summer for small amounts.

Harris also brought in Ben Marshall on loan from Wolves in January, and these three players have all performed well at the club.

Realistically, the club is safe on 48 points as there is an 18 point gap between them and the relegation places, with only three teams being relegated in the past five seasons with a points total higher than that.

Therefore, the players and the fans can enjoy the end of the their first season back in the Championship while Harris plans to build on it in the upcoming seasons.

Millwall fans… Do you agree? Let us know below!