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Gary Mills (footballer born 1961)

Gary Mills (footballer born 1961)
Mills with Tamworth
Personal information
Full nameGary Roland Mills
Date of birth11 November 1961(age 55)
Place of birthNorthampton, England
Height1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubYork City (manager)

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Gary Roland Mills (born 11 November 1961) is an English former footballer who is currently manager of York City.

Mills started his career with Nottingham Forest and he became the club's youngest league player after making his first team debut at the age of 16 in 1978. He played in the victorious 1980 European Cup Final, which made him the youngest finalist in European Cup history. He left the club in 1982 to join American team the Seattle Sounders and during his period with the club he had a loan at Derby County. He returned to Forest in 1983 and left for rivals Notts County in 1987 having made over 130 league appearances over his two spells at the club. Mills then joined Leicester City in 1989, with whom he made 200 league appearances and helped win promotion to the FA Premier League in 1994. He subsequently returned to County and after leaving in 1996 he had made over 120 league appearances for the club over two spells.

He started his managerial career as player-manager with Grantham Town in 1996 and after leading the team to the Southern Football League Midland League title in his second season Mills left following the club's takeover by a local businessman. He subsequently had a spell as player-manager at King's Lynn from 1998 to 2000, which was brought to an end after he resigned. He was appointed player-manager of Tamworth in 2001 but left in 2002 to take over as first team coach at Coventry City. Mills was handed his first managerial role in the Football League with Notts County in 2004, but was sacked later that year several months after the club were relegated. After being appointed Alfreton Town manager in 2005 he returned to Tamworth in 2007, although he was unable to prevent the club being relegated. He led Tamworth to the Conference North title in 2009 and left the club in 2010 to become York manager.

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