“It’s been exactly what I needed” – Gary Rowett delighted at start to his Millwall managerial career


Gary Rowett has praised Millwall’s players for the way they have performed since he arrived at the club.

The Lions were 17th in the Championship table when Rowett arrived but ended the season in eighth place after narrowly missing out on a place in the play-offs.

“We like to raise the bar quite high,” said Rowett.

“We have been good since we came in, the players have been very diligent – played in different formations and there was another change tonight and they go about it right.

“I can’t ask for a lot more. Their form has been top six since we’ve come in and I think that’s important. It’s shown that we can challenge, we’ve shown that we can play to a really high level.

“When you think about it the likes of West Brom, Brentford, Fulham and Leeds, those four and maybe one other team have taken more points that us since we’ve came in.

“That shows the level the players have been playing at. What we have to do now is work incredibly hard to strengthen in the right areas and do the same thing next season or a little bit more.”

The coronavirus pandemic meant that no football was played between the middle of March and the middle of June.

The campaign was played out behind closed doors and next season will start the same way in September.

“A crazy season but an enjoyable season,” said Rowett. “I’ve loved my time coming into the club, It was exactly what I needed.

“It’s not the football we all want or love – with no fans here. But it’s been something. It’s still been competitive. It’s still meant something to some people and it’s been about as good as we could get.

“It will be nice to get to next season, when hopefully our fans can come back – because we’ve certainly missed them.”

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