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Neil Harris

10 April 2014

Neil Harris

Lions legend Neil Harris, the club's all-time top goalscorer, was appointed Millwall manager on a permanent basis in May 2015 following a spell as interim boss.

Chopper had initially taken over the managerial reigns on a short-term basis following the departure of Ian Holloway in March 2015, but was offered the opportunity of taking the club forward having impressed during his temporary spell in charge.

The former striker had returned to Millwall as a coach ahead of the 2013/14 season after retiring from playing at the age of 35.

Neil first moved to Millwall in 1998 from Cambridge City and, in his first full season at the club, was named Player of the Year.

In 2001, Chopper' was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but after surgery and an intensive treatment programme, he was given the all-clear a year later and resumed his playing career with The Lions.

In 2004, Chopper found himself on loan at Cardiff City, before signing for Nottingham Forest later in the year. In total, the striker made 270 appearances for Millwall between 1998 and 2004, scoring a superb 98 goals.

He found his chances at the City Ground limited, so spent part of the 2005/6 season on loan at Gillingham, before moving back to The Den in January 2007. Almost two years later to that day, Chopper surpassed Teddy Sheringham's all-time goalscoring record in a 3-2 win at Crewe Alexandra when he scored his 112th goal for the club.

In June 2011, after making a combined total of 432 appearances for Millwall and scoring 138 goals, Chopper moved to Southend United, where he remained for two injury-hit seasons before calling it a day on his playing career at the end of the 2012/13 season.

Harris returned to The Den as U21s Development Squad coach, overseeing the development of youngsters such as Jack Powell, Fred Onyedinma, Sid Nelson and Aiden O'Brien - all of whom have progressed to the first team.

His emphasis on young, hungry, driven players bodes well for an exciting future at the club.

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