Millwall Manager Ready For ‘Emotional’ Reunion

Millwall boss Neil Harris is ready for an emotional return tomorrow afternoon when his side face Watford at The Den. This will be the record goal-scorer’s first home game in his second tenure as the Lions’ manager.

His first game in charge was an impressive away win at promotion-chasers Southampton. Japhet Tanganga opened the scoring in the first few minutes with his first goal in senior football, Che Adams then equalised for the south-coast side before Zian Flemming scored the winner from the spot on the stroke of half time. That would cap off a perfect start for Harris, who will now be looking to put a winning run together.

Ex-manager Joe Edwards was relieved of his duties following a 2-0 defeat at home to relegation candidates Sheffield Wednesday in February. It wasn’t just that game that cost him his job, however, as they’d lost six of his previous seven games in charge.

Harris meanwhile, had created stability at League One side Cambridge United, but would lose his last two matches to promotion chasers Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United. Nonetheless he had done a good job with the U’s, but would never turn down a move to the Championship.

The Lions do sit only one point above the drop zone with that final relegation spot currently occupied by Stoke City, the manager will be hoping that three points on Saturday can put further distance between themselves and the drop-zone.

Speaking to The South London Press, Harris had spoke on his excitement to return to the club’s home ground.

“I’ve had debuts at The Den – like when I first signed as a 20-year-old. I returned in my second spell as a player and then had my first game as interim manager followed by my first game as permanent manager.

“I’ve had some unbelievable games that I’ve played and coached at The Den – in fantastic atmospheres and they were a huge success.

“It is a unique and special place, but you have to go about your business in the correct manner as a Millwall team – that’s my challenge to my players at the weekend. I want us to be a really strong, aggressive Millwall team.

“It’s going to be a special day for me. I’m very, very excited by it. I need to make sure we control the emotion, because it’s going to be emotional for a lot of people.

“The fans are going to come and support me, get behind the players. I want everyone to turn up with a positivity to support the team. Then it is down to us to perform.”

Writer’s View

The win at Southampton last weekend epitomises what Neil Harris wants to bring to the club, a togetherness that the community buy in to and that can only be a good thing for the long-term future as well as stability of the club.

Joe Edwards was by no means a bad manager but there was a definite divide between the club and fans who were pulling in different directions. Millwall already look stronger with Harris in charge, providing he can pull the strings and that togetherness returns, then the Lions should survive this season.

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