Neil Harris believes he needs to win promotion to call his managerial time with Millwall a success.
Harris has impressed since replacing Ian Holloway in the latter stages of their Championship season, which ended in relegation two years ago.
It is his second successive League One play-off final and the former Millwall striker is adored by fans. Two back-to-back top six finishes is no mean feat in England’s third tier.
But Harris is refusing to label his time at the Den a success until he wins promotion as a manager.
He told News Shopper: “What do I think would be a success? I want to win promotion. We had a great first year, it was a great experience to be in charge.
“This year, we wanted to come back stronger and go further. Going further this year is winning the play-off final.
“I want to see success for my players in a Millwall shirt because when I had it, I loved it as a player.
“They deserve it and I want them to experience that feeling.”
The Lions take on Bradford City in the League One play-off final at Wembley, hoping to win promotion to the Championship.
They were in the same position this time last year, and lost 3-1 to Barnsley after a slow start.
Harris’ men beat promotion favourites Scunthorpe 3-2 over two legs in the play-off semi-final to set up a date with Bradford thanks to a Steve Morison double and Lee Gregory strike.
Steve Morison celebrates his second goal in Millwall’s play-off semi-final win over Scunthorpe
The Lions triumphed against Bradford in last year’s play-off semi-final and Harris thinks his team could have a mental advantage on Saturday.
He said: “Possibly. Those two games were really strong performances by us and we won the two ties comfortably over 180 minutes.
“But now, does it spur either team? I’m not sure. It’s a completely different year. Bradford had a bigger turnover than us in the summer, and I think everybody involved will be quite honest to say it will be a tight game.”
Millwall have had to rely on their old guard to help them over the line and into the play-off final.
Players such as Steve Morison, 33, Tony Craig and Jimmy Abdou, both 32, have been pivotal for the club in recent weeks.
But Saturday’s game could be their last chance to win promotion with Millwall.
Harris added: “There’s a hunger in the older players - we see it every day on the training pitch and we all saw it at Bristol Rovers and Scunthorpe.
“It will be the same with everybody, what drives people? Is it silverware, success on the day or money?
“Whatever drives that footballer to achieve promotion, they'll find their way to do it against Bradford.”