Although no official announcement has been made it appears that Liam Miller is set to become a new assistant coach for Real Monarchs SLC. A new coaching hire was mentioned during the OnFrame podcast a week ago and Miller has been seen at practices and on the sideline with the team and staff during the 2-0 victory over T2 on Saturday. Today during comments following the RSL practice coach Mike Petke as mentioned Liam as a new member of the Monarchs staff.
Miller has ties to Head Coach Mark Briggs having played for his Wilmington Hammerhead side during the 2016 season. “Liam is a fantastic addition to our roster and the club,” said his Head Coach Mark Briggs about his signing. “He brings a wealth of experience from a glittering playing career. Adding a player like Liam shows the direction the club wants to head in.” It was his PK that was blocked by Jeff Attinella in the fourth round of the penalty shootout when the Hammerheads came to Rio Tinto for a US Open Cup match last June.
A native of Cork, Ireland Miller joined Celtic in the Scottish Premier League as a youth player. Despite being plagued with long term injuries he saw time under legendary coach Martin O'Neill, who was widely thought to be planning to build a new Celtic team around Miller. However, he left Celtic in 2004 for Manchester United in the English Premier League.
Unable to find regular minutes with Manchester United he went on load to Leeds United where he attracted the attention of neighboring Sunderland. It was in Sunderland that he found a regular starting role appearing in 30 matches during the 2006-2007 season helping them win promotion to the Premier League under manager Roy Keane and 24 matches during the 2007-2008 season.
Following his time in Sunderland, Miller also played for Queen Park Rangers and Hibernian before moving to the Australian A-League for several seasons. and makeWith his wealth of experience with a large number of squads it will be interesting to see what he can bring to the Monarchs as a coach. Hopefully, he can follow in the very successful shoes of Jamison Olave and make a smooth transition to coaching.