Exeter City is delighted to confirm that Kevin Miller has been appointed the permanent goalkeeping coach.
Former Grecian Kevin had been helping out after the departure of Scott Brown to Rotherham and was offered the position after impressing behind-the-scenes and at interview.
Kevin had two spells with the Grecians, starting his career at St James Park and amassing over 200 appearances for the club. He was a key part of the City team that won the Fourth Division Championship in 1990 and became a fan favourite for his performances as City went unbeaten at St James Park that season.
The shot-stopper would go on to amass over 700 appearances in a career that saw him play at every professional level in England including 38 appearances for Crystal Palace in the Premier League.
Recently Kevin had been managing Okehampton and is looking forward to returning to the professional game with the team where his career started.
Speaking about accepting the role, Kevin said:
“The club gave me my chance when I was a 19-year-old and I retired at 46, taking a bit of time out because football had been my life for so long. I’ve been desperate to get back in and have been managing Okehampton for the last six or seven months.
“I’ve known Kevin Nicholson for a long time and luckily living up this way I spoke to Kev to see if he needed any help and it stemmed from there.”
“Coaching is not like playing, but it’s the next best thing, the day-to-day banter side of it and being out in the fresh air with the keepers and helping improve them is as good as playing for me now so I’m really enjoying it and looking forward to pushing on. I’ve got my own style and my own way of training so bit by bit we will bring that in.”
Kevin has been impressed with the welcome he received and the standards that he has seen around the club since Gary Caldwell joined as Manager.
“Gary is a fantastic coach and I love listening to him work on the pitch with David Perkins. They all have different strengths, and the club is in safe hands with them so I’m learning all the time on the coaching side.”
Speaking about his time as a player, Kevin added: “I loved my time here as a player, it was my first club and has always been close to my heart. You see the things the club do, like giving Jay Stansfield his father’s number 9 shirt and it’s incredible.
“The clubs set up is perfect for players to come in and enjoy their football. The Academy here is second to none. The number of young kids that come through the ranks, progress through the first team and move on speaks volumes for the club.”
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