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Greg Miller Appointed Academy Manager

Former Barnsley coach excited to get started

19 April 2021

Greg Miller

Pompey have appointed Greg Miller as the club’s new academy manager.

The 45-year-old previously spent more than two-and-a-half years working as head of academy coaching at Barnsley.

A former player for Scottish teams Hibernian, Livingston, Motherwell, Clydebank, Brechin and Arbroath, he later coached youth sides north of the border, including Rangers.

Miller has also spent time working in Japan and with the Scottish FA and is looking forward to getting started in his new role with the Blues.

He said: “It’s a role that I’ve been aspiring towards for some time now and have tried to develop my skill set so I’m equipped for it.

“Added into the mix, you look at the size of this football club and the potential catchment area for academy players, so it’s a very appealing prospect.

“First and foremost, I want to ensure we have the best environment possible for young people to develop in – that’s my priority.

“Of course it would be great if all of them progress through to the first team, but you have to realise that won’t be the case.

“My job then is to make sure – for the players and their families – that our academy is one that helps them to develop as a human being and as a footballer.

"Added into the mix, you look at the size of this football club and the potential catchment area for academy players, so it’s a very appealing prospect."

Greg Miller

“On top of that, it’s about maximising the development of the staff and ensuring nobody is resting on their laurels.

“They may have high levels of qualifications, but that doesn’t mean we can’t constantly be looking to learn.

“If I can support the development of everyone in the academy and really drive it forwards, then it becomes a safe, fun and educational environment.

“I’m massively excited because there’s a really nice feel about this place and I’m looking forward to moving down to the area with my family.”

Miller understands the importance of having a close relationship between the academy and first team.

He said: “I was delighted that Danny Cowley was at my final interview, so I had a really good chat with him and the other staff.

“The academy can be very useful if it’s aligned with the strategy of the entire club and I know he’s very keen for that to happen, as I am.

“I need to have a good idea of the kind of player characteristics he’s looking for, so we can focus on the attributes that appeal to him.”

Portsmouth Football Club would like to thank Jon Slater for his hard work as interim academy manager. He will now be moving back to his previous position as head of education.


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