Keith Millen

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Keith Millen
Personal information
Full name Keith Derek Millen[1]
Date of birth (1966-09-26) 26 September 1966 (age 48)
Place of birth Croydon, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Crystal Palace (Assistant manager)
Youth career
1980–1982 Southampton
1982–1983 Crystal Palace
1983 Brentford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1994 Brentford 305 (17)
1994–1999 Watford 165 (5)
1999–2003 Bristol City 60 (4)
Total 530 (27)
Teams managed
2005 Bristol City (caretaker)
2010 Bristol City (caretaker)
2010–2011 Bristol City
2013 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
2014 Crystal Palace (caretaker)
2014–2015 Crystal Palace (caretaker)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (Goals).

Keith Derek Millen (born 26 September 1966) is an English football manager and former player who played as a centre back. He is the current assistant manager of his hometown club, Crystal Palace.

Millen was appointed as Steve Coppell's successor, after Coppell chose to resign from Bristol City and retire from football. Millen spent most of his professional career at Brentford, where he reached the Associate Members' Cup final in 1985, and won the Football League Third Division in 1992. After leaving Brentford in 1994, he finished his playing career with Watford and Bristol City. Following retirement, Millen remained at City as a member of the coaching staff. He was caretaker manager at Ashton Gate following Gary Johnson's departure towards the end of the 2009–10 season. He took charge of nine competitive matches, winning five, drawing three and losing once. He was caretaker manager at Crystal Palace for 4 matches in the 2013-14 season winning one drawing one and losing 2. He was again appointed caretaker manager at Crystal Palace on 14 August 2014. On 27 August 2014 Neil Warnock was appointed full time manager & at that time Millen's role at the club was not certain. However on 12 September 2014 it was reported that Warnock was happy for Millen to continue in the role of assistant manager at Crystal Palace.[2] Millen was re-appointed as caretaker manager on 27 December 2014 after Warnock was sacked following a poor run of results. On 2 January 2015 Alan Pardew was appointed to replace Warnock, and Millen reverted to assistant manager.

Playing career[edit]

After spells as an apprentice at Southampton and Crystal Palace, Millen also spent time as a junior at Brentford, before turning professional in 1983.[3] Between then and 1993 he made 305 League appearances for the club, scoring 17 goals. He helped Brentford reach the final of the Associate Members' Cup in 1985, where they were defeated 3–1 by Wigan Athletic at Wembley Stadium.[4] He helped the club to the Football League Third Division title in 1991–92, and earned a testimonial match against Tottenham Hotspur in 1993 following ten years as a professional.[5] He joined Watford along with defensive partner Colin Foster in March 1994, helping them escape relegation that season.[3] Although Watford were eventually relegated in 1996, Millen played a part as Watford achieved successive promotions under Graham Taylor between 1997 and 1999. He left Watford later that year to join Bristol City. He had made 165 appearances for Watford, scoring 5 goals. In the 2000 Auto Windscreens Shield final at Wembley Millen captained Bristol City in a 2–1 defeat to Stoke City. He played his last competitive game in August 2002, a 2–0 home win over Blackpool before retiring in 2003,[5] whereupon he joined the Bristol City coaching staff.

Coaching and managerial career[edit]

Following his retirement from football, Millen became under-17 manager at Bristol City.[6] When Brian Tinnion was promoted to player-manager in 2004, he appointed Millen as his assistant. Under Tinnion's management City won 22 of 61 matches,[7] and Millen was appointed as caretaker when Tinnion left the club. However, he publicly ruled himself out of the running to become the permanent manager.[8] He was made caretaker manager of City when Gary Johnson left the club in March 2010, and became manager on a full-time basis on a three-year contract when Johnson's replacement, Steve Coppell, departed on 12 August 2010.[9] Millen left the manager's position on 3 October 2011.[10]

Millen was appointed the Head of Coaching and Development at Blackpool in July 2012.[11]

Millen was appointed Assistant Manager at Crystal Palace in November 2012, following former Blackpool manager Ian Holloway. On 23 October 2013, Millen was appointed as caretaker manager after Holloway left by mutual consent.[12]

On 26 November 2013, newly appointed Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis announced that Millen will be kept as backroom staff. This is likely because Millen had successfully restored team spirit back into the Crystal Palace squad and inspired Palace to 3 points closer to safety of relegation with 0-0 home draw to Everton, followed by a 1-0 away win over Hull City.[13]

After Tony Pulis' surprise departure from Crystal Palace on 14 August 2014 (only 2 days before the start of the new Premier League season) Millen was again appointed caretaker manager.[14] However, when Neil Warnock was appointed permanent Manager on 27 August 2014, Millen's future was not made clear.[15] On 12 September 2014 it was reported that Neil Warnock was happy for Millen to continue as assistant manager at Crystal Palace.[2]

On 27 December 2014, Millen took over as caretaker manager of Crystal Palace for a 3rd time following Warnock being sacked.[16] When Alan Pardew was appointed to replace Warnock on 2 January 2015 Millen reverted to assistant manager.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sue and has two children, Amber and Harvey.


Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 1 January 2015
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Bristol City (caretaker) England 11 September 2005 26 September 2005 3 1 1 1 33.33
Bristol City (caretaker) England 18 March 2010 11 May 2010 9 5 3 1 55.56
Bristol City England 12 August 2010 3 October 2011 57 18 12 27 31.58
Crystal Palace (caretaker) England 23 October 2013 23 November 2013 4 1 1 2 25.00
Crystal Palace (caretaker) England 14 August 2014 27 August 2014 3 1 0 2 33.33
Crystal Palace (caretaker) England 27 December 2014 2 January 2015 2 0 2 0 00.00
Total 78 26 19 33 33.33


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  3. ^ a b Trefor Jones (1996). The Watford Football Club Illustrated Who's Who. p. 164. ISBN 0-9527458-0-1. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Hicks. "The Football League Trophy". Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Millen takes second in command". Brentford F.C. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "PFA list revealed in full". Bristol City F.C. 17 November 2004. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Brian Tinnion's managerial career". Soccerbase. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Millen rules out Bristol City job". BBC Sport. 12 September 2005. Retrieved 6 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Steve Coppell quits as Bristol City manager". BBC Sport. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 12 August 2010. 
  10. ^ Keith leaves Ashton Gate Bristol City F.C., 3 October 2011 after the 5–0 defeat to Blackpool FC . Retrieved 3 October 2011.
  11. ^ "SEASIDERS APPOINT MILLEN IN DEVELOPMENT ROLE". 13 July 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ian Holloway: Crystal Palace boss departs Premier League strugglers". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 23 October 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
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  16. ^ "Neil Warnock: Crystal Palace sack manager after Southampton defeat". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). 27 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014. 
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