Gary Rowett has been announced as the new Millwall boss yesterday, in what could prove a coup for the south-east London club.
After being out of the game for nine months since his departure from Stoke in January, Rowett joins the Lions with four years of championship managerial experience under his belt.
Millwall CEO Steve Kavanagh speaking to millwallfc.co.uk seemed happy with the appointment of a proven manager at this level. He said: “It has been a long couple of weeks and we’ve worked extremely hard behind the scenes, but we’re delighted to get Gary here. He’s a proven and experienced Championship manager, and I think that’s important to take us to the next stage that we want to go to.”
This appointment comes after Millwall’s former gaffer of four-and-a-half years, Neil Harris, resigned earlier this month following a tumultuous start to the season.
However, the Millwall chief stressed the need not to make a sudden decision in regards to the replacement for Harris, which was paramount to stabilising the club.
He said: “Neil had been here four-and-a-half years, and was the Championship’s longest-serving manager. After the shock of Neil resigning, it would’ve been easy to panic and make a knee-jerk reaction, but I think it was important to take time, to breathe, and to get around the number of various candidates who were out there to potentially come in.”
“We spoke to up-and-coming young managers, coaches, and we’ve spoken to experienced, senior managers in the game. Of course, the chairman was vital in this process, and he had to come back over from America and was here for the Leeds game. So, it took a bit of time, but I would say two weeks isn’t that long in reality.”
A solid victory at their last home game against Leeds was followed by a bone crushing 3-2 defeat at the hands of Brentford after leading 2-nil until the last 15 minutes.
The Lions drew 2-2 against Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City on Tuesday.