Leeds United will be facing a team on Saturday going through some major changes.
Millwall FC manager Neil Harris, who took over in April 2015 following a six-week spell in caretaker charge. His assistant, David Livermore - who was a Leeds United player for 10 days in the summer of 2006 - has also left the club.
Former Southend United (and a few other clubs) central defender Adam Barrett has been place in caretaker charge of Millwall’s first team.
Harris is somewhat synonymous with Millwall having spent 10 years with the club as a player over two spells, setting the clubs goalscoring record with 138 goals in 432 appearances.
Millwall are winless in eight matches since a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday on August 17th, their only win of the season.
Millwall’s Chairman John Berlyson told the Millwall website:
“During his time in charge we have achieved so much and so many of his greatest moments as manager will live long in the memory of all Millwall fans fortunate to have seen and enjoyed them.
“Neil’s achievements ensure that he is listed alongside some of the club’s greatest-ever managers, furthering his legendary standing at Millwall.
“Alongside his coaching staff, Neil worked tirelessly to establish a culture both on and off the pitch which was befitting of the club’s history and heritage and this has undoubtedly been achieved. He has laid tremendous foundations from which the club can continue to build on in the months and years ahead.
“Neil’s name is synonymous with Millwall and he has always had the very best interests of the club at heart, managing with great pride, honour and integrity, and he departs with the best wishes of everyone connected with The Lions.
“Both Neil and David leave with their heads held high, forever friends of the club, and I wish them both every success in their future careers. They will always be welcome at The Den.”
Harris has wound up Leeds fans with a lot of things he has said over the years but it is fair to say he has a decent record against us as a manager - considering he was in charge of Millwall - so Leeds fans will probably be happy with the news.
It is unlikely to result in a change of style for Saturday as there is no time to change their system. Leeds will still have to deal with long-balls to tall players, and Leeds’ fans will now switch from worrying about Millwall - to worrying about Millwall with “New-manager bounce”.
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