As the autumn chill fills the air and teams decide this is far enough into the season to panic, so Football League teams begin to shed managers.
Three have gone in the last few days, but by far the least acrimonious was surely Neil Harris’s departure from Millwall. Harris, a hero at the Den from his playing days, resigned last week, and naturally it was a topic of discussion on the Totally Football League Show this week.
Sam Parkin was at their game against Leeds last weekend, and there was a strange vibe about the place.
“It was strange being there,” Sam said. “There was a weird mood around the club – the staff there were very emotional, they’re hurting at the moment.
“Having thought about it for a few days, I think it’s the right decision for Neil. It was a right time. The fans at their away game at Luton recently were quite scathing, and considering what Neil is at that club…it was the right time.
“The football hasn’t been good this season and considering he was given a bit of opportunity and some money to bring in fresh blood and get rid of the bad eggs. He did that, but the football has gone backwards – they’ve always had quite a direct style, but I think caution has overridden the attacking intent you associate with Millwall.
“It’s difficult to think where they go from here, because of course you can’t go tippy-tappy at Millwall, but I think it has to be more attacking. Yes, you might concede a few, but at least the punters would get value for money.”
So who’s next? Gary Rowett is the bookies favourite, while names like Roy Keane, Chris Hughton and current caretaker Adam Barrett have all been mentioned.
But Adrian Clarke took a look a little further down the runners and riders.
“If you’re going to go for the passionate, front-foot approach, I don’t know if Gary Rowett is the man. He’s a very good organiser and I’m sure he’d be a good fit in many respects.
“The wildcard is Kevin Muscat. He was a really scary player to play against, but he’s a folk hero there. Obviously we know about his fire, but he’s been a really successful manager in Melbourne. He’s recently become available…there are worse punts out there.
“Of all the clubs, Millwall had the clearest identity, and it’s one of those jobs where it helps if you know what the club is about.”
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