Steve Claridge on 32 days in charge of Millwall: "There were certain external influences that weren't quite right"

He joined Tuesday's Off the Ball to discuss his time in the hot seat

Steve Claridge on 32 days in charge of Millwall: "There were certain external influences that weren't quite right"

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Former Millwall manager Steve Claridge joined Tuesday's Off the Ball to discuss his 32 day stint in charge of the club in 2005.

Frank de Boer's sacking after only four Premier League matches has made the headlines this week but Claridge didn't even make it to the start of the domestic season.  

"I was caught in the middle of, shall we say, a power struggle," he told Molley, adding: "I was actually working for Channel 5 for the Confederations Cup and I actually flew back in-between games and yeah, I'd played for the club previously so I knew the ins-and-outs of what it entailed and a new chairman had been installed.

"The club had missed out on promotion and got itself in a little bit of a financial pickle so in that respect it wasn't the ideal job. 

"A wonderful first job with low expectations in the Championship - it was a great prospect. 

The New Den. Picture by: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire/PA Images

"I didn't worry about what I was going to offered, I didn't worry about the state of the club. I knew that the ambition that year was just to stay in the Championship. It was as simple as that. The club had lost approximately six and a half million up to that.

"Theo (Phapitis) was no longer going to bankroll the club by putting more money in...I think my first directive was to get rid of seven or eight players and for every six or seven hundred we saved - I could keep a hundred or made sorry, for every seven hundred we made, I could keep a hundred to replace that player."

Asked when he began to suspect that his tenure mightn't last too long, he said: "From day one, from day one. The contract wasn't forthcoming. Nothing that I was being told was coming to fruition. 

"There were things that were being mooted around the club. There were certain external influences that weren't quite right. It didn't sit very well and nothing went forward in regards to the club."

The full interview can be heard here: