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Millwall managerial contender assesses his chances

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Millwall caretaker boss Adam Barrett has claimed he doesn’t know what the current situation is with regards to the club’s managerial situation.

The Lions are searching for a new manager following the unexpected resignation of Neil Harris at the start of October.

Barrett, who has taken charge of Millwall’s two league games since Harris’ departure, is thought to be on a three-man shortlist for the job, along with Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth, and former Stoke boss Gary Rowett.

After his start to time in caretaker charge of the club started in encouraging fashion with a 2-1 win over Leeds before the international break, Barrett and Millwall were brought back down to earth somewhat on Saturday afternoon, as they blew a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 away at Brentford, thanks to an injury-time winner from Ollie Watkins, who had missed a penalty with the score at 0-0.

Following the defeat, Barrett was asked if he expected a decision on a new manager to be made anytime soon, with the caretaker boss quoted by New at Den as saying: “I honestly don’t know, I haven’t been told.

“I don’t know what the situation is. All I was told was to prepare the team for the Leeds and Brentford games.”

Reflecting on how those at the club have responded to Harris’ departure, Barrett continued: “The work behind the scenes and the application has been outstanding for the last two weeks. We’ve worked extremely hard and tried to prepare the team as best as we can. Everyone’s done that.

“As far as moving forward I don’t know what the situation. I’ve been concentrating day-to-day making sure we’ve been preparing as best we can. That’s all I’ve been focussed on.”

Following that defeat at Griffin Park, Millwall are now 17th in the Championship standings, with three wins and five draws from their opening 12 league games.

The Verdict

I think this is about as much as Barrett can say in fairness.

Given the way the situation appears to be right now, Barrett is not really going to be able go around making claims that could give anything away about the club’s plans, not least because it would surely end his chances of securing the role.

Despite the defeat at Brentford, it does seem as though the performances under Barrett will have done his credentials no harm when it comes to deciding who takes the role on full time.

When you look at who he appears to be up against in that contest, that is something that could be very useful indeed for him.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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