Next Millwall Manager: Four names in the frame to replace Neil Harris

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 03 October 2019, 19:49

Club legend Neil Harris has left his post at Millwall after four-and-a-half-years in charge.

Harris is the third victim of this season’s Championship Sack Race, and at the time of his departure was the fourth longest-serving manager in the Football League.

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During his time at the helm Harris, the club’s all-time leading goalscorer, led his troops into the Championship, then propelled them up to 8th, and reached two FA Cup quarter-finals.

The Lions have revealed that first-team coach Adam Barrett, who is the favourite for the Southend job, has been placed in caretaker charge of the club for this weekend’s clash against Leeds.

Millwall must now open up the search for a new manager for the first time since March 2015 when they parted ways with Ian Holloway…

Aitor Karanka

Has Championship experience with Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest, the former of which he led up to the Premier League.

The Spaniard left Forest in January - when the club was 7th in the second-tier - after he asked to be released him from his contract.

All was evidently not right behind the scenes but after recharging his batteries over the course of the last nine months he will no doubt be eager to return to the dugout.

After a poor patch of form - no wins in seven - the well-respected Karanka could be the stable appointment Millwall need at this moment in time.

Chris Hughton

We’ve already seen Chris Hughton linked with the previous two Championship vacancies at Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday, both of which he wasn’t interested in. He's also been hotly linked with Stoke whose boss Nathan Jones remains at the helm for now.

But, if Millwall can somehow lure Hughton to the club it would be a real managerial coup on their behalf. After all, his record at this level is second-to-none. In four full seasons in the division he’s never finished below 4th, and in that time he’s led both Brighton and Newcastle up to the Premier League.

However, given Millwall’s current struggles, promotion is a world away at the moment, and he'd instead be tasked with steadying the ship and restoring confidence and self-belief to a club that has only triumphed twice in their last 17 league games dating back to April.

Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy is currently in his second-spell in charge of the Republic of Ireland, a position he’s held since November. However, at the time of his appointment, it was revealed that Stephen Kenny - the country’s U21s boss - will take over in 2020.

So with this in mind it’s no surprise to see McCarthy in the mix for the Millwall job, a post he held between 1992 and 1996.

It was McCarthy’s first spell in management, and he took the club to 3rd in the Old Division One but lost to Derby in the play-offs before resigning in 1996 to replace Jack Charlton at the helm of Ireland.

Fast-forward 23 years and he could now do the opposite, and leave The Green Army for Millwall…

Roy Keane

Roy Keane at Millwall. That would be juicy.

The no-nonsense Irishman continues to entertain, in his own unique way, as a pundit yet last month he revealed that he’s not finished with management just yet.

“I definitely want to have another crack,” Keane told Off The Ball.

“I don’t think Real Madrid will be calling me...If I go back to a club, it’s got to be as a manager, simple as that.”

Keane enjoyed success in his first spell at Sunderland with whom he led to the Championship title, and then preserved the club’s Premier League status.

But his next job, back in the Championship at Ipswich didn’t quite go to plan, and he’s since settled for assistant manager roles at Aston Villa then Ireland, under Martin O’Neill.

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