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Mark McGhee, Millwall manager
"Millwall was one of the few clubs I was interested in"
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Monday, 25 September, 2000, 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
McGhee appointed Millwall boss
Mark McGhee
Mark McGhee is delighted to take Millwall post
Mark McGhee has taken over as the new manager of Second Division Millwall after agreeing a two-year contract.

The 43-year-old former Wolves boss has been out of football for almost two years since leaving Molineux but has been working as a television pundit.

He was among a number of candidates short-listed by Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis following the surprise sacking of joint managers Keith Stevens and Alan McLeary.

He told the Evening Standard: "To say I am very pleased to get back into the game is an understatement.

Ecstatic

"I am absolutely ecstatic but I would not have come back for any job. I haven't been applying for everything that has been going because I felt the opportunity had to be one I was motivated by.

"It did not have to be the biggest club, or in the top league, but I had to really want to do it. I got a gut feeling about some jobs and I had that for Millwall.

"You get a feel for the place and I had an idea what they were about because I am a good pal of their old manager Mick McCarthy." Paphitis added: "Mark was not always the front runner for the job but got himself into the position at the interview.

"He said the right things. I believe he was sincere and I am very pleased we have him on board. He is the right person for the job.

Ray Harford and Steve Gritt have been looking after first team affairs but the former said that he would not be looking to take on the manager's role on a permanent basis.

McGhee was in charge of Wolves for nearly three years but left after being unable to take the Midlands club into the Premiership despite being given plenty of cash for players.

He also had a one-year spell in charge at Leicester before walking out at Filbert Street to join Wolves.

Former Celtic, Aberdeen and Newcastle striker McGhee started his managerial career with Reading, spending three years at the Berkshire club before joining the Foxes.

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