Martin Allen ‘surprised’ Neil Harris has made quick return to management as former Millwall boss is named Neil Warnock’s replacement at Cardiff

16 Nov

Former Chesterfield manager Martin Allen has admitted he’s ‘surprised’ that Neil Harris has made a swift return to management after being confirmed as Cardiff City’s new manager.

Harris, 42, stepped down as Millwall boss last month after a successful four-and-a-half year tenure at The Den, but after a short break out of the game he is back in the dugout.

Neil Harris has taken over the reins at Cardiff City
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Harris has replaced Neil Warnock at the Cardiff City Stadium, after the veteran boss resigned on Monday following a poor run of form.

And Allen, who has a vast amount of experience of managing in the Football League including five stints at Barnet, thought Harris would take an extended break before taking over the reins at a new team.

“It’s an interesting one. Neil’s got his hands full there. He will be really excited about that job,” Allen told talkSPORT on GameDay.

“I thought he may have taken a little bit longer to have a break from football management to recharge his batteries and re-energise himself – it’s a quick return.

“He had four years at Millwall, so I think it’s a surprise he wants to go back in right now.”

Former West Ham and Republic of Ireland striker David Connolly added: “Cardiff’s a massive club and it’s a massive job, so you can see the attraction.”

Harris’ first match in charge will be a trip to Charlton Athletic on November 23, with his home bow coming three days later when the Bluebirds host Stoke City.

Harris takes over with Cardiff lying 14th in the Championship, having won just one of their last six league games.


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