Millwall boss Neil Harris was left unimpressed by the January transfer window and the attitude of some of today’s footballers.

In a transfer window where Alex Pearce and Ben Marshall joined the Lions, Harris was left frustrated on the whole with how clubs and players in particular conduct business.

It’s widely known that Millwall were unsuccessful in their attempts to lure Middlesbrough forward Rudy Gestede to The Den on the final day of the window, a snub that baffled Harris.

"We were very close," said the manager.

"What I don’t understand is there are a lot of players that decide to stay at clubs where they are clearly not going to play.

“That’s not me that, I wanted to play. I wanted to compete.”

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With Tom Bradshaw ruled out for the season, and Tom Elliott still working his way back to fitness, Harris had been looking for a forward throughout the window, a search that ended up fruitless - not for want of trying.

"There was a stage where I thought one was done. In fact, I thought more than one was done.

"But it was difficult. You saw the lack of action. It was not a bad thing for me. It was not a bad thing that there was a lack of action on deadline day, because it stopped the build-up to it, the flurry of transfers and things like that. It was the least money that has been spent for a long time.”


Harris left an uncompromising assessment of the transfer window itself.

"It’s a shambles, it needs to change!

“I think we saw a lot of clubs try and do business and couldn’t.

“We were just one of probably a dozen or so that tried on deadline day in the Championship and couldn’t."