City stars study Malaga moves
Mon, 22 Jul 2013 16:13:00
Millwall have confirmed Mick Harford as their assistant manager, after earlier turning down new role at Newcastle.
The 54-year-old former Luton and QPR boss was in talks with Newcastle at the weekend over a position assisting director of football Joe Kinnear at St James' Park.
But Harford turned down the opportunity to rejoin the club for whom he briefly played during the early 1980s and will instead be number two to new Lions boss Steve Lomas.
"I'm delighted that Mick has joined us. He's a vastly experienced coach who I have known for many years now," Lomas told Millwall's website.
"Mick will be a great addition to the staff and I'm pleased to have finalised my backroom team.
"I know there was speculation about Mick going to Newcastle because of his past connections with Joe Kinnear, but he's fully committed to Millwall and to doing a job for us here."
Harford added on Sky Sports News: "I've been in talks with Millwall over a period of time and just felt it better suited me at the moment. I didn't feel that at Newcastle."
Lomas has also installed Tim Breaker as first-team coach and Kevin Pressman as goalkeeping coach while club legend Neil Harris, who retired from playing this summer, will work with both the first team and development squads.
Pellegrini, who quit the Spanish club to take over at the Etihad Stadium this summer, has promised to improve City's brand of football.
The Chilean guided Malaga to the quarter-finals of the Champions League last season and it appears he wants City to follow the same formula for success.
Milner told City TV: "So far we have worked very hard, more on the defensive aspects of the game and changing how he wants us to set up as a team.
"It will take a bit of time to get everyone on the same page as to how he wants us to play and get that, but once it clicks - I think you can see the jobs he has done at his previous clubs.
"We have watched videos of his previous teams doing it to get prepared and see exactly how he wants things doing, as well as doing it on the training field.
"You see the organisation and the record Malaga had in the Champions League last year was really good defensively.
"With our record in the Premier League and the players we have, hopefully we can keep improving."
City began their pre-season preparations in South Africa and have now travelled to Hong Kong to participate in the Barclays Asia Trophy, along with fellow Premier League sides Tottenham and Sunderland.
Pellegrini has left the tour to return to Chile due to the death of his mother but is expected to rejoin the team in due course.
Assistant managers Brian Kidd, who had a spell in caretaker charge at the end of last season, and Ruben Cousillas Fuse have taken over in his absence.
Milner feels disruption to the squad has been kept to a minimum.
Milner said: "Obviously the manager is new anyway, he is still getting to grips.
"Ruben and Kiddo took over. We are used to changes and things like that, so we just get on with the job in hand.
"Hopefully everything is all right with the manager."