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Millen confident of role at Ashton Gate

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Bristol City caretaker manager Keith Millen is confident he will be involved in first-team affairs at the club next season.

Millen was placed in temporary charge of the Ashton Gate club following the departure of Gary Johnson, although the 43-year-old has since expressed a desire to retain the position on a long-term basis after enjoying a six-game unbeaten run during his tenure.

Chairman Steve Lansdown will conclude interviews with prospective new managers this week and Millen could be in line for an assistants role, although a director of football could be appointed alongside him as first team manager.

Millen told the Bristol Evening Post: "We need some experience here and it will be down to the chairman to decide what position that experience fills. He is looking at marrying two positions together and we think that is the best way forward.

"Hopefully, he will involve me in the discussions and I will be very disappointed if I am not considered."

He added: "I've enjoyed these six games in charge and I feel I'm experienced and knowledgeable enough to do the manager's job. But I also enjoy the coaching side of things and, however the chairman chooses to balance it, hopefully I will be a part of it."

Recalling his meeting with Lansdown last week, Millen said: "I asked him what his ideal scenario would be and what would be his dream team. He immediately flipped it round on to me and asked me for my thoughts.

"We then went through everything concerning the club, from the first-team squad, to the staff to the academy. I've been here a long time and he wants to know my opinion."

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