BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Millwall manager Neil Harris says he cannot wait to pit his wits against new Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa next season.
The 62-year-old, from Argentina, is a high profile appointment for the Yorkshire outfit – with his previous managerial spells taking in his country’s national team, Chile, Marseille, Lazio, Lille and Athletic Bilbao.
But Harris has also pointed to Forest’s £13m signing of Benfica’s Joao Carvalho and Stoke City’s capture of Benik Afobe as a sign of the financial pull of some of the Lions’ rivals.
“He [Bielsa] is a very high-profile manager at club and international level,” said the Millwall chief. “He has a phenomenal CV. I really look forward to locking horns over the course of the season and meeting him, hopefully for a drink, after the game.
“It just shows the ability these huge clubs have at this level in attracting top people with experience.
“It is a foreign manager coming in again, he’ll have to adapt to Championship football – that’s his challenge. I’m sure if he is coming he will want to bring some brand new players with him – I don’t think it will be cheap.
“Leeds are certainly looking to move forward. We have seen Nottingham Forest spend £13 million on one player and Stoke – £10.5 million rising – for Benik Afobe from Wolves.
“So as soon as we start getting above ourselves, we just have to look at things like that. It is a reality check for us, that we are fighting with those clubs at the moment.
“It is a challenge we rose to last year and I fully expect us to do the same next year.”