From Gillingham, Doncaster And Darlington To… Malta: Mark Millers European Adventure

Whenever a shortlist of England’s finest managerial exports is drawn up, that of Mark Miller isn’t a name you would expect to feature.  He hasn’t shaped the whole playing philosophy of a nation like Jimmy Hogan or laid the foundations of one of the greatest European sides as Vic Buckingham did.  Indeed, his name is unlikely to register much outside of Malta, where his managerial career has been played out. Yet, if one of the criteria that led to the appointment of England’s national team manager was his success with semi-professional Scandinavian sides then surely Miller’s achievements in similar conditions are worthy of recognition and respect. There will be few in England who will recall Miller’s playing career that passed – rapidly – through Whitley Bay, Gillingham, Doncaster and Darlington after coming through Newcastle youths’ system.  However in Malta, where he moved as a twenty two year old, it is a completely different matter.  Paired with arguably Malta’ finest ever player in Carmel Busuttil, Miller won two league titles, an FA Trophy and a Super Cup.  After three success filled years the striker moved to Floriana and it was there, at the age of thirty that he took his first steps in management.  Again, success was immediate as he led his team through an unbeaten season that ended with a league and cup double.  Another FA Trophy followed the...

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