Millwall remain without a manager after the departure of Gary Rowett earlier in the month.
Millwall have since had two games under the guidance of caretaker boss Adam Barrett; a draw vs Preston followed up by a defeat at home to Blackburn Rovers.
The Lions sit in 16th place of the Championship table and whilst they’re only four points outside the top six as things stand, the chances of Millwall finishing inside the play-off places this season seem slim.
They’re not playing well and their managerial search doesn’t seem to be moving forward with much speed.
But expect the club to be working hard behind the scenes on finding the right man to replace Rowett. It’s certainly not an easy task with the vast majority of this side put together during Rowett’s four years at the club, so any manager who comes in will largely be taking charge of a Rowett side.
Whether Millwall are looking domestically or abroad remains to be seen. But someone with Championship experience is always a safe bet, if not a good one, and one such manager who could soon be available is Paul Heckingbottom.
Heckingbottom in hot water at United
Sheffield United have now lost their last five in the league. They remain rooted to the foot of the Championship table with just one point to their name after the opening nine games of the season, and talkSPORT say that Heckingbottom could be on his way out.
They report that the former Leeds United and Barnsley boss ‘faces a big fight to keep his job if Sheffield United lose at Arsenal on Saturday’.
Heckingbottom has won League One promotion with Barnsley and Championship promotion with Sheffield United; both times were somewhat against the odds too.
Many expected United to challenge last season but few expected them to finish 2nd behind Burnley. And Heckingbottom’s side did so in style, playing a brave and attacking style of play which is surely what the Millwall board want from their Rowett replacement.
He’s a tried and tested Football League manager who’s seemingly on the verge of losing his job, with a win at Arsenal this weekend looking very unlikely.
So Millwall should certainly be keeping an eye on this one.