Ex-Lion has vital role to play in youngsters' football educationThe youngsters progressing through from the Academy ranks via the U21s and into Neil Harris' first team squad at The Den will receive an extra vital ingredient in their football education which comes under the heading 'requirements to be a Millwall player.'
The senior management duo of Chopper and Dave Livermore amassed some 700 senior appearances for The Lions, winning promotions and reaching an FA Cup Final in the process.
But before the young Lions come under their influence at first team level, they will be tutored by, amongst others, former Millwall centre backs Scott Fitzgerald (Academy Director) and the latest recruit Andy Frampton (U21s coach).
Framps rejoined the Lions' ranks at the start of pre-season, and is in no doubt that having former Millwall players on the coaching side will prove of additional benefit to the young lads hoping to follow in their footsteps.
"There is no doubt that you need to understand what it takes to be successful at this club, and hopefully I can help the manager, his assistant and the other coaches here in that respect amongst others," he said.
Frampton made 111 appearances for The Lions between 2007-2011, assisting the club to win promotion to the Championship in 2010 and picking up a 'Player of the Year' award on the way.
"It took me a while to find my feet at The Den, but once I had I absolutely loved playing for this club," he added. "That was why it was a no-brainer to come back here as a coach and I'm really excited about the future for Millwall.
"It is vitally important that we keep bringing players through here, and I think it will be fantastic for the club and the fans to see them coming into the first team.
"Part of my job, in addition to helping them develop as footballers, is to make sure they have an understanding of what they need as characters to be successful at Millwall and they are prepared for it when their chance comes along."
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