Neil Harris pulled no punches with his season's review following a 2-1 defeat in his side's last fixture at The Den of the season.

Millwall narrowly avoided relegation this term, escaping the drop with just three games to go despite finishing a lofty eighth last season.

With one game to go before he can prepare for next season's campaign, a trip to Wigan next Sunday, the Lions boss left no-one unsure of what he thought of their season.

Here is what he said, in it's entirety.


"There’ll be a lot of change in the summer, a lot.

"Some players have let me down this year, let the football club down, a lot that wont come out that has made it difficult.

"A lot goes on that people don’t see, and what I want is a group of players that I’ve had in the past that I haven’t had at times this year.

"A group of players that show commitment to the cause, good in the dressing room, professional within the football club, have a winning mentality and want to be better. Want to learn.

"Players that haven’t had that this year, that have told me that they never want to play for this football club again, players I don’t think have got that, they won’t be at this club.

"We have to invest, get better players in over the course of the summer, because the championship is getting better and if we don’t then we are getting further away from teams in the Championship and that was evident this year.

"I cannot be any clearer, I only want people who want to be at this football club within my changing room.

"Players who put their professionalism for the job, and love for the game before anything else.

Not Good Enough

"Footballers are no different to society, your friends, when they have issues, but the level of performance from some individuals this year has been nowhere near good enough and I’m the guy on the sideline who has to take the brunt of it because I always back my players but they’ve let me down at times this year individually and I wont accept that moving forward.

"The time for change hasn’t been in January, February or March, it’s in the summer, and I will change it.

"There’ll be players leaving and players coming in, don’t know the number exactly because obviously there’s contract obligations.

"But I will be ruthless this summer, I know exactly what I want to do.

Build a New Team

"We’ve had a great period at this club but I took over at a time where relegation was inevitable, we had to change the personnel, because there were too many senior players on a lot of money that didn’t care about the club. I managed to get them out and bring new players through and we've just completed a four year cycle and I’m not going to end up in that situation again.

"We've had two play-off finals, culminating in one promotion, came eighth in the Championship last year with the smallest budget in the division, two FA Cup quarter finals.

"I’m not going to allow that to disappear without having the opportunity to build a new team and we need to build a new squad and we need better players than what we’ve got, better personalities than what we’ve got and that’s what I’ll be telling everybody.

'I know my players better than anybody'

"Fans that come and watch the game, I don’t do social media but I don’t need to hazard a guess what’s on it.

"But I know my players better than anybody, I know the group mentality better than anybody, so I know what needs to change, know what players need to go and know what players need to come in, and I’ll be doing my damndest to change it.

"So people who’ve had an opinion this year, fair play to them, that’s fine, but I won’t allow people to question me or my changing room next season if it’s not right.

"The game changes, moves on, players get older, player get egotistic, self-important, that’s in general. Players do get older, you do have to change things, players are in form, out of form, class is permanent and form is temporary but if they don’t come out of that bad form then you have to change them.


"How do you measure success? We measured it last year in the Championship as coming eighth.

"So, this year everyone thought we were going to come eighth again or higher!

"No chance, and we’ve got no chance next year unless we improve the squad.

"Success this year, quarter final of the FA Cup and staying in the Championship, for me that’s a success with the players I've got and the budget we’ve got.

"Other people will judge me but what's important to me is to finish the week next week at Wigan with the players I want to move forward with and we finish with a strong performance and everyone finishes with my words, which are ‘we want to be better next year.’"

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