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Sunday, March 05, 2006

Ex-QPR's Ray Wilkins on his Return to Millwall

Ray Wilkins set to return to The Den Mar 3 2006
By Toby Porter - South London.Co.uk

ENGLAND legend Ray Wilkins is to return to The Den on the coaching side.
The former Millwall assistant manager answered the call from the club to help lift the squad as they battle against the threat of relegation.
He is expecting to be involved for the next two months, while continuing to meet his part-time coaching commitments to the England U21 squad.
Wilkins also hopes to boost the Lions' attempts to sign new players on loan - a job which has proved very hard, after more than 50 failed bids for players.
He said another of the most crucial tasks will be to try and put a smile back on the faces of Tuttle's team, who have not won in 10 games.
"We are in a difficult situation but it is not impossible," said Wilkins.
"The most important thing is to try and get the players to relax and to get them smiling again.
"Escaping this predicament is in our own hands. Every team below us and everyone just above us has the same tough 10 games to face. If we work hard at it, we can do it.
"Millwall have always been up for a battle and I cannot think of a better mentality to dig ourselves out of this current predicament.
"We will have to scrap for every morsel we get. But if we put in everything we've got, I really believe we can do it."
Wilkins, in 18 months at The Den under manager Dennis Wise, guided the Lions to the 2004 FA Cup Final and within a whisker of the play-offs, before leaving last May.
"Yes, it was a dilemma whether I should return to the club," he added.
"But Tutts is a friend of mine and I can remember when Dennis and I were in charge he was an enormous help. He did all our reports on players and gave us a lot of guidance.
"We were highly indebted to him at the time and so I have readily agreed to help out."
Lions boss David Tuttle added: "Ray has agreed to help us out in all football matters. I'm happy I will be able to call on his vast experience.
"The players are also pleased to see him back. And I am sure he will be able to help lift the spirits around the place."
In addition to helping Tuttle and his assistant Tony Burns, Wilkins is also likely to provide the board with the benefit of his football knowledge and insight. ..

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