BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Neil Harris has issued a statement over his Millwall exit – making it clear it was “not a decision made with haste”.
The Lions announced on Thursday evening that their manager was stepping down.
Assistant boss David Livermore has also departed. First-team coach Adam Barrett is in caretaker charge for tomorrow’s home game against Leeds United.
Harris issued his statement via the League Managers’ Association. It said: “After 17 fantastic seasons as player, coach and manager, at a uniquely wonderful football club, yesterday, I decided to inform the board of my decision to step down from my position at Millwall Football Club.
“It is not a decision that was made with haste. However, I believe it to be the right decision at the right time, not only for the club, but for me and my family also.
“I truly believe that I leave the club in a very healthy position in terms of infrastructure, staffing and playing squad which gives a new manager a platform to continue the club’s development.
“During the last four and a half years as manager, there have been some incredible successes for our club, including two Wembley play-off finals, a promotion back to the Championship, two FA Cup quarter-finals and now, relative stability in the second tier of England’s very competitive league structure.
“Throughout this journey, I have been fortunate to have been supported by a very hard working staff, none more pivotal than David Livermore who leaves with me. Also, a group of players whom I respect and have enjoyed coaching every day.
“I’d like to say a huge thank you to the chairman John Berylson and the board of directors, not only for the opportunity to manage a club I love, but also for their unwavering support and guidance at all times. And lastly, to the heartbeat of the club, the very loyal fanbase that supported my team up and down the country. I hope I’ve repaid your trust in me with a lot of happy memories.
“I look forward to coming back to the Den to see so many good friends in future.”
PICTURE BY BRIAN TONKS