Shaun Hutchinson has thanked former Millwall manager Neil Harris for reviving his career.
The defender has been a key figure for the Lions in recent years and earned the player of the season award for the club during the 2017-2018 Championship campaign.
The 28-year-old was signed by Harris in 2016 and hasn’t looked back since, although the manager’s departure last week was the end of an era for the London club.
Hutchinson spoke of how shocked himself and the squad were to see Harris leave, and how thankful he was for the help in having his career revived.
Speaking to London News Online, Hutchinson said: “I knew he was getting a bit frustrated, because we weren’t getting results and performing like he knew we could.
“Normally you see it coming – but we didn’t see it coming. I was in a big shock. I was genuinely gutted.
“He kind of revived my career. He took a chance on me in League One. I’ve seen some good times with him.
“I spoke to him and said: ‘Thank you so much’. I think pretty much everyone did that – which is pretty rare. Usually at a club you don’t get that. Even the boys he didn’t play as much still had respect for him, still loved him and were gutted he had gone.”
Hutchinson has been a key member for Millwall in recent years, and you have to praise the way that he’s spoken about Harris in this interview. He’s said some positive stuff about the boss and you can see why after the work that he carried out during his time at the Den.
You can see what Harris meant to the players and it’s quite rare to see the squad speak about a manager like this, especially after he’s gone.
Hutchinson will be hoping that the new manager can help improve Millwall’s results after a poor start to the season despite the victory last Saturday.