Millwall boss Neil Harris has expressed his desire to stay at the club whether the club go down to League One or beat relegation.
Harris was given the job to the end of the season after Ian Holloway was sacked at the beginning of March, having been in charge of the club’s elite development squads.
Since taking charge of the first team last month, Harris has overseen two wins from four on home soil having previously seen the club go 13 matches without a victory at The Den.
Those two victories against fellow Londoners’ Charlton Athletic and Wigan Athletic on Tuesday night, have boosted Millwall’s hopes of pulling off what would be a miraculous escape this campaign.
The Lions legend and record goalscorer spoke to South London Press and said, “I feel I can offer the club more than I could a year ago,”
“I have 12 months’ more experience, with a different group. Whether it will be the same in three weeks’ time, we will have to see.
“If not, I will go back to what the club needs me to do. And I would be delighted to do that, because I believe in the philosophy we have been implementing there. Until then, the situation is really relaxed about who is where.”
Millwall are currently 22nd, four points off 21st place Rotherham but the Lions have a game in hand and Harris feels he has more experience now than he did last year when he took over as caretaker.
“Last year, I had only been a coach six months and was still feeling my way. I made it clear I was not keen to do it long-term. This time, I want to be involved. I am enjoying it as much as I do the U21s and watching those lads develop.
“I am learning every day what it involves in being a big part of running a football club.
“You are working more on your own in the U21s and with more limited staff available. The younger players need more attention as a rule. You are more like a friend for them, whereas the first team is more about preparing for every training session and every game.
“But I feel I am in a better position now – more capable, and with 12 months’ more experience. I feel I can affect the future of this club. That is me, David Livermore, Kevin Pressman and Bobby Bacic.
Harris is also cautious about the future of the club and added, “But we also have to think about the long-term future. We have a lot of players out of contract and a recruitment department in place and have to look at that, whether it is me or someone else in this role next season.
“We have a duty to make sure the club is in the best possible position by the end of June.”