Adam Barrett poised to stay in caretaker charge for Millwall’s derby at Brentford

BY RICHARD CAWLEY
richard@slpmedia.co.uk

Adam Barrett is expected to be in charge for Millwall’s match at Brentford on October 19 – as the club’s hierarchy conduct an exhaustive process of the best man to succeed Neil Harris.

The Lions have held interviews this week with a view to compiling a shortlist of contenders. And the Championship side are determined to make sure their review of the available options is as extensive as possible.

Millwall’s American owner John Berylson will fly over to interview the shortlisted candidates. But the indications are that Barrett, who stepped up from his first-team coaching role to take the team for last weekend’s

2-1 victory over Leeds United, will still be at the helm for the derby at Griffin Park.

Millwall follow up with a midweek home game against Cardiff City on October 22 before hosting Stoke four days later.

The Lions are staying quiet – both publicly and privately – about who could be in the mix for the job.

Barrett looks set to get at least one further chance to impress.

The former Southend United and Crystal Palace centre-back admitted this week that he feels ready to manage. It seems a safe bet – after he stepped into the breach following the exits of Harris and assistant David Livermore – that he would be granted an interview.

Barrett’s old club Southend United are thought to have him high on their wanted list. The Shrimpers have been without a manager since September 6 when Kevin Bond quit.

Former Birmingham, Stoke City and Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett remained the betting favourite as our paper went to press. Barrett had the third shortest odds behind Roy Keane, who is not being considered.

Ex-Millwall defender Kevin Muscat, who left Melbourne Victory in May, has expressed an interest.

“They haven’t got a manager and I am looking for work, so read between the lines. I’m available.”

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