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Miller axed as JEF United coach

Alex Miller
Miller was previously part of Craig Brown's Scotland coaching staff

Alex Miller has been sacked as coach of Japanese side JEF United Chiba.

The former Hibernian and Aberdeen manager, who was also part of Liverpool's backroom staff, joined the J-League club in May last year.

And, despite helping JEF United survive relegation last season, the club are once again struggling in the drop zone with 19 points from as many games.

Assistant coach Atsuhiko Ejiri has been put in charge of first-team affairs following the Scot's dismissal.

Chiba president Hirokazu Miki said: "Last season, Mr Miller worked under difficult circumstances with the team to help us remain in the first division, which we respect him for very much.

"However, we made this decision after having seen how the team played over the last 19 matches this season.

"Our new manager, Ejiri, knows our team very well and we believe that he is a coach who we trust with the long-term future of our club."

Miller spent most of his playing career with Rangers and had a spell as player/manager with South China AA before holding the same post at Morton.

Managerial spells with St Mirren, Hibs and Aberdeen followed and Miller also worked with Scotland during Craig Brown's tenure as national manager.

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Miller time in Japan
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Miller exits Liverpool for Japan
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