Pools legend signs for Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Former Hartlepool United midfielder Tommy Miller
Former Hartlepool United midfielder Tommy Miller

Hartlepool United legend Tommy Miller is looking to inspire the next generation after joining Hartlepool Sixth Form College as their head football coach.

Miller, who made 152 career appearances for Pools over two spells, is the new lead academy coach at the Blakelock Road college, taking over from another former Pools midfielder Willie Boland.

College bosses say he will use all of his experience to "nurture the talented young players in the colleges academy programme".

Ben Robinson, the college's director of sport, said: "Tommy has come into to the role after working with Willie Boland at Middlesbrough Football Club Academy and will use all his experience, including European Football in the UEFA Cup, to help the young players progress.

"He will continue the excellent work carried out by Willie and provide a smooth transition having the same football philosophy of getting the ball down and playing good football.

"To have someone of Tommy’s standing leading our programme is a great opportunity for the players and will add to the outstanding coaching profile we have in the College’s Elite Sports Academies and build on the success of finishing third in the NE Regional League and being crowned NE regional Champions for 2014-15.

"Tommy will take over from Willie from the beginning of November and we would also like to wish Willie all the best in his new venture running a youth programme for a professional Irish Football Club."

Miller, 36, was released by Pools in the summer but recently found himself a new club, signing for National League side FC Halifax Town.

The former Sunderland, Huddersfield and Ipswich Town midfielder was a product of the youth system at Pools and made his first team debut at Chester back in October 1997.

In his first spell at the Clarence Road club he bagged 35 goals in 135 games to earn himself a big-money move up the leagues, moving to Ipswich in 2001 for a club record fee of £750,000 after helping Pools to the promotion play-offs two years in a row, in 2000 and 2001, thanks to some vital goals from midfield.

Shotton-born Miller, who has also played for Sunderland in the Premier League plus Preston North End and Huddersfield, was released by Bury in 2014 and former manager Colin Cooper was quick to add his experience to the Pools squad.

Under Ronnie Moore, Miller made his 600th career appearance in April this year - the same day Hartlepool United secured their Football League status.