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Former Southampton Keeper Quits Joins Boss Post

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Kevin Miller has left South West Peninsula League Premier Division club Exmouth Town`s management team, leaving former St Martins boss Andy Rawlings in sole charge at Southern Road.

Miller was appointed as joint boss at Exmouth in September.

Miller, who made 628 appearances as a professional goalkeeper, signed for Exeter City in the early 1990s by then City boss Terry Cooper.

He became a key figure in their Fourth Division championship-winning team before following Cooper to Birmingham City.

He went on to play professional football over an eighteen-year period that also saw him play League football with Barnsley, Bristol Rovers and Derby County, before signing for Watford in June 1997 for a fee of £1.5 million.

He spent three seasons with the Vicarage Road outfit where he twice won the player of the year award.

He initially retired from football in August 2005, but in February 2006 he was signed by Southampton manager George Burley, whose side was short on keepers and, although Miller was seen as cover for Paul Smith, he eventually displaced Smith in the first team, going on to play in the final seven games of the 2005/06 season, and his form was good enough for the club to offer him a one-year extension on his contract.

In January 2007, he signed a one-month loan deal with then League Two strugglers Torquay United, making his debut in January 2007 in the 4–1 win at home to Grimsby Town – the Gulls first win in twenty league games. He returned to Southampton at the end of the loan spell and was released in May 2007.

Miller joined Bodmin Town in October 2007 before retiring from playing at the end of the 2014/15 season, aged 46. But, ever the football man, he decided to have one more season and has spent a number of recent seasons as player-coach at Bodmin before taking the joint hot-seat at Exmouth with Andy Rawlings, having managed St Martins in the South West Peninsula League Eastern Division last season.

Rawlings will continue in sole charge of first-team affairs whilst the club look to appoint the right person to assist him in his role.


About Author

Former Swansea City and Kettering Town defender who has been managing the likes of Kettering Town u18s, Rothwell Town, Desborough Town and Wellingborough Town for 33 years as well as being technical director at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Began in non-League journalism as editor of Team Talk magazine back in the early 1990s and then as editor of Non-League Daily, joining Pitchero to set up Pitchero Non-League in January 2011. Also works for the National League.

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