Neil Harris stepped down as Millwall manager last night, with the Lions now being linked with a move for Forest Green boss Mark Cooper, as revealed by Football Insider.
Just this week we reported how Cooper had been demoted to Head Coach, or ‘promoted’ as the club put it, but he’s now apparently a contender for the job at the Den.
He’d be an interesting appointment, having never managed outside of the bottom two divisions. He’s taken Forest Green from the National League to title challengers in League Two, but has always had a big budget with which to compete.
Spells at Swindon and Notts County did little to build on his reputation, nor did he impress during his time as Peterborough manager. He does play an attractive brand of football though and that’s clearly caught the eye of the Millwall board.
Neil Harris stood down after guiding them back to the Championship but struggling to take them beyond the lower echelons of the second tier. Millwall are currently 17th, with ten points from nine matches. That’s just seven points from the top six, five points off the bottom three.
Ludicrous. If Mark Cooper gets the Millwall job I’ll eat my words, but it won’t happen. He’s not equipped to take them forward, he’s only ever managed successfully with a bigger budget than the teams around him.
I will be shocked and saddened for Millwall fans if Cooper turns up there. His brand of football might be nice, but they’d be much better going for someone like Mick McCarthy, a former Millwall player with resilience and persona that fits their profile.
Cooper will put them on a one-way journey to League One.