Millwall CEO on George Saville cash and whether there are January funds available

MONEY is available for Neil Harris to spend on his squad in January, Millwall CEO Steve Kavanagh has said.

But, despite their Championship status boosting income and the sale of George Saville netting £8million, chairman John Berylson is still funding the club.

The Saville fee will be received in instalments, and Kavanagh revealed Berylson has already put money into Millwall this season.

Harris’ squad has been hit with a number of injuries recently, most seriously when Tom Bradshaw was ruled out for the season with knee ligament damage that required surgery and now a long period of rehabilitation.

Tom Elliott and Lee Gregory are also currently out, and Aiden O’Brien was stretchered off in the 1-1 draw at Bristol City on Sunday.

Millwall have a transfer budget for January, but Kavanagh stressed that doesn’t necessarily mean they will spend all of it.

“The situation differs from club to club and the different financial situations,” Kavanagh said. “That [Saville sale] was a windfall but don’t forget we’ve already beaten our transfer record twice in the summer with Ryan Leonard and Tom Bradshaw. Unfortunately Tom’s already picked up an injury, which happens.

“John has invested a lot of money and we will do what is right for Millwall football club, not because there’s 50p left in the George Saville tin.

“With the George Saville money, transfer fees of that nature are not all paid up front, they are spread over a period of time.

“And absolutely, especially with the transfers we’ve made, John needs to and has already put money in this season and continues to fund the football club. We are eternally grateful for that support.

“There’s always money in the pot for the right player who will improve Neil’s squad and that Neil wants to take forward.

“Do we have to go and spend money? No, but if the right player is available, and the chairman supports that position, then that will be the case.

“It’s not necessarily about we’ve got a budget of £1 and we’ve only spent 50p. It’s always about what is right at the right moment in time.

“January is always a difficult window but if the right player becomes available that will help take the squad forward and develop the team then I’m sure the board and the chairman will back that.”

The difference in incomes generated connected to being in the top two tiers of English football is starkly illustrated by the fact that a full season in the Championship comes in under the fee Boro will pay for Saville.

Kavanagh said: “The new TV contract from next season is £2.9million. There are different central incomes and various bits and pieces that get you over six, just under seven million.

“Compared to the Premier League, of £100million-plus, no one disputes that chasm between the Premier League and Championship is too wide.”

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John Kelly