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Millwall man offers ringing endorsement of manager contender

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Millwall and Northern Ireland midfielder Shane Ferguson spoke to the press today ahead of his side’s Championship clash with Brentford tomorrow, and was full of praise for Lions’ caretaker manager Adam Barrett.

Millwall travel to Griffin Park tomorrow to face Thomas Frank’s Brentford, as caretaker manager Adam Barrett looks to make it two wins from two.

After Neil Harris’ departure earlier this month, Barrett was named as caretaker manager.

He guided Millwall to a shock 2-1 win over Leeds United in his first game in charge before the international break, and a win at Brentford tomorrow would put him in pole position to get the job on a permanent basis.

But tomorrow’s London derby will be a tall order for Barrett’s side, and speaking to the press today ahead of tomorrow’s clash was Lions’ midfielder Shane Ferguson.

He spoke about Barrett’s influence since stepping up to his role as caretaker manager at the club, saying:

“The mood is great at the moment. Obviously, hearing the news about Neil before the Leeds game was disappointing for the team, but then we went and got a good result.

“Credit has to go to the caretaker manager for how he has stepped into the role, and in that short space of time, he’s been fantastic.

“Since he’s been here at the club in general, he’s been brilliant for everyone – he’s always a good person to talk to, and his man-management has been really impressive.”

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Brentford have endured a tough start to the season under Thomas Frank, with just three wins from 11 league games and only four points separating them from Reading in 22nd.

“We always have a tough game against Brentford. They’re a difficult opponent every year, especially in their own stadium.

“Hopefully we can get the result we need and keep pushing up the table.”

The verdict

Griffin Park is one of the toughest assignments in the Championship, and a Millwall win tomorrow would certainly be a scalp.

Ferguson and co will once again have to rally being their temporary gaffer, but Brentford will be out looking to take the pressure of their boss with a win in West London tomorrow.

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