Millwall: Neil Harris does not want permanent manager role

Millwall caretaker boss Neil Harris has ruled himself out of taking over the manager's job on a permanent basis after Sunday's 0-0 draw at Doncaster.

The 36-year-old Lions coach and academy director Scott Fitzgerald took temporary charge after manager Steve Lomas was sacked on Boxing Day.

Harris, who retired from playing with Southend in the summer, is Millwall's record goalscorer with 138 strikes.

"As far as taking the job on - that is for someone else," he said.

"Scott and I both love the club and we will do what we can until an appointment is made but there are no second thoughts about taking it on permanently."

Harris's playing career

Neil Harris
  • Millwall (1998-2004): 98 goals in 270 games
  • Cardiff City (2004 on loan): One goal in three games
  • Nott'm Forest (2004 to 2007): One goal in 40 games
  • Gillingham (2005 to 2006 on loan): Six goals in 39 games
  • Millwall (2007-2011): 40 goals in 162 games
  • Southend (2011-2013): 10 goals in 52 games

Harris made 432 appearances in two separate spells for Millwall from 1998 until 2004 and then between 2007 and 2011.

He was appointed by new manager Lomas this summer after finishing his playing career in June. But Lomas was sacked six months later after winning only five league games out of 20 and sitting 20th in the Championship table.

Harris added: "I was disappointed and sad for Steve because he's a good guy who worked tirelessly to get it right - and we all share a collective responsibility for what happened.

"We only really had 24 hours to prepare for the game and we are delighted with the response we got from the players.

"I've no idea when a new appointment will be made but we will carry on in the meantime and try not to let anyone down.

"Whoever takes over will inherit a fantastic bunch of players and it will be up to them to get the best out of them."