Millwall boss Neil Harris has claimed there was never anything in the rumours that he was set to take over as manager of fellow Championship side Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers, who sacked Jan Siewert on August 16th, finally announced the German’s replacement on Monday, after confirming the appointment of Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley as their new boss.
Just days before that, however, Harris had suddenly been linked with the managerial hot seat at the John Smith’s Stadium after being named favourite for the role with a number of bookmakers at the end of last week.
Now, the Lions boss has revealed that he has no idea where that shift in the market came from, with the 42-year-old quoted by Millwall website News at Den as saying: “That was bizarre, the first I knew about it I was sitting in the back of a taxi in London.
“There was nothing in it. Danny Cowley has taken the job and good luck to him and Nicky, they deserve the opportunity at that level.”
Harris has been in permanent charge of Millwall since April 2015 after several caretaker spells as the clubs manager, and guided the Lions to promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs in the 2016/17 season.
Millwall currently sit 12th in the Championship after winning two and drawing three of their opening six league games of the season, and are next in action when they travel to Ewood Park to face Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.
I imagine this will be welcome news for Millwall.
Harris has worked wonders not only to get them into the Championship, but also to keep them at this level for the past two seasons.
It has also been an encouraging start to the current campaign for the Lions, and you imagine they would not have wanted that to have been impacted by the departure of Harris to move elsewhere, and particularly not to a rival in this division.
You do have to wonder slightly what Harris’ response would have been had Huddersfield made their approach, although there may be some argument that Millwall’s current position would have made staying put the preferred option for Harris at this moment in time.