Millwall have appointed former player Steve Claridge as their new manager. He takes over from Dennis Wise, who resigned on the final day of last season. The 39-year-old, who played 101 games for the club in two spells between 2001 and 2003, was understandably thrilled with the opportunity saying;
"I'm thrilled to be given the opportunity to manage Millwall. I thoroughly enjoyed my time here previously and this is a challenge I just couldn't turn down. Everyone at Millwall knows me and knows what to expect and I am now looking forward to getting started."
Lions chairman Jeff Burnige also told the club's official website:
"I am delighted with the appointment. Steve Claridge fulfils the criteria I was looking for in a manager and indeed he is the only candidate to whom I offered the job. The clinching factor for me, however, is that he is the person with the burning desire to manage Millwall. Steve has a passion for this club that supporters can identify with."
Burnige also spoke to former Derby boss George Burley and ex-Cardiff boss Lennie Lawrence with a view to taking over the hot seat, but he opted for Claridge explaining that
“He has previous managerial experience and a wide knowledge of this division.”