Neil Harris relishing Southend United return with Millwall

Neil Harris - in charge of Millwall against Southend United

Neil Harris - in charge of Millwall against Southend United

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NEIL Harris will take charge of Millwall on his return to Roots Hall tomorrow.

But the former Shrimpers striker has no interest in taking the job on a permanent basis.

The Eastwood based 36-year-old has been in control of the Lions along with Scott Fitzgerald since Steve Lomas was sacked on Boxing Day.

However, Harris does not expect to be in the job for too much longer.

“Scott and I both love the club and we will do all we can until a new manager comes in but there are no second thoughts about taking the job on permanently,” said Harris.

“That is for someone else at this stage.”

Harris has bossed the Lions – who sit 21st in the Championship – for their last two games.

And he cannot wait to return to Roots Hall with the South London club for an FA Cup third round clashhis weekend.

“For me personally it was a great draw because Southend and Millwall are the two clubs that hold a special place in my heart,” said Harris.

“If it was possible I’d like both clubs to be able to get into the fourth round of the competition but of course that can’t be the case, and my loyalties nowadays lie with Millwall.

“But I expect it will be an absolutely cracking cup tie.

“We have to approach the game, as we would do with any Championship fixture and make sure we are at our best if we’re to win the game and progress to the next round.”

Harris grew up supporting the Shrimpers and spent the final two years of his career with the club, scoring 10 goals in 52 games.

A niggling knee injury led to him having to retire at the end of last season but he has still watched Blues quite regularly this term.

And he is therefore expecting a difficult game this weekend.

“From what I’ve seen so far this season, Phil Brown has really got them going,” said Harris.

“They are playing some really good football and putting in some positive performances.

“There have been some difficult times at the club in the last few years, it’s going to be like that in the lower leagues, but it’s great to see them doing well and pushing at the right end of the table.”

However, Millwall are currently struggling towards the wrong end of the Championship and are remain just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

But Harris, the club’s record goalscorer, feels the Lions’ performances have been better than their results suggest.

“The Championship is an unforgiving league and if one or two players aren’t quite at it, you’ll get beaten but we’ve had some good displays this year,” said the 36-year-old.

“It’s a very tough division but this season but it is all about finding that consistency.

“There was quite a lot of change in the summer and it has been tough so far so
a run in the cup would give everyone connected with the club a big lift.

“There have been some really good wins and performances this season and hopefully the lads will put in another one at Roots Hall.”


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