MILLER’S TALE

Ish­mael Miller on why his Yeovil ca­reer came to a sud­den end

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Paddy von Behr

ISH­MAEL MILLER ad­mits his bust-up with Gary John­son was born out of a per­son­al­ity clash. But de­spite leav­ing Yeovil un­der a cloud the striker still hopes the Glovers stay up.

Miller had been a leading light in Yeovil’s quest to avoid the drop from the Cham­pi­onship, netting ten times in 19 league games this sea­son.

But his sec­ond loan spell at the club ended abruptly last week when the 27-year-old walked out of a team meet­ing, pre­ma­turely sev­er­ing all ties. Yeovil boss John­son, left, said at the time: “I don’t think his per­son­al­ity and foot­ball per­son­al­ity are con­ducive to our en­vi­ron­ment.”

But that is not the im­pres­sion Miller – now back in train­ing with par­ent club Not­ting­ham For­est – got dur­ing his Huish Park spell.

“It both­ers me a lit­tle,” he said. “I didn’t think we had any prob­lems prior to the sit­u­a­tion – but ob­vi­ously we must have.

“We had a per­son­al­ity clash, that’s what Gary John­son thought. It was best to go our sep­a­rate ways.

“There was just a dis­agree­ment. Gary John­son said it was best for us to cut ties so Yeovil can go on. He needed people he thought he could trust 100 per cent. He has got what he asked for and hope­fully he can get them out of trou­ble.

“I would have loved to have kept Yeovil in the Cham­pi­onship and hope­fully they can get them­selves out of the rel­e­ga­tion.

“There are still games and un­less it is math­e­mat­i­cally im­pos­si­ble you have got to give your all and fight for the cause.

“I couldn’t say good­bye to the fans but I will al­ways hold them in a spe­cial place.”

Miller is now stuck in limbo, un­able to turn out for For­est un­til next sea­son hav­ing agreed a loan deal at Yeovil to run un­til the end of the cam­paign. With his con­tract set to ex­pire at the end of the cur­rent sea­son, that pre­vents him from one fi­nal flour­ish to im­press would-be em­ploy­ers – but he hopes his Yeovil haul is ev­i­dence enough.

“I am just keep­ing my­self right and ready,” said Miller. “Of course it will be a frus­trat­ing few weeks but I have just got to try and keep my head in the right place.

Up­set

“My con­tract is up with Not­ting­ham For­est at the end of the sea­son. I feel I have done my­self jus­tice at Yeovil and I gave the best pos­si­ble ac­count of my­self.

“I gave my all for the team and the best per­for­mances I could do.

“I hadn’t been play­ing as much as I would have liked in the pre­vi­ous year or so.

“I went to Yeovil and I had been play­ing and was re­ally happy with my­self and with the foot­ball.

“I was up­set and dis­ap­pointed with the way it ended. Things could have been han­dled dif­fer­ently by both par­ties. It is gone, it is in the past and I want to move on with my ca­reer.”

One man worth im­press­ing is in­com­ing For­est man­ager – and City Ground leg­end – Stu­art Pearce, who will take the reins for the start of next sea­son.

Miller crossed paths with the for­mer Eng­land U21 man­ager when the pair were at Manch­ester City six years ago and he hopes to have left a last­ing im­pres­sion on Pearce.

“Ob­vi­ously he is a mas­sive name,” he added. “He has had a great ca­reer and he has done well in his man­age­rial ca­reer. I was with him at Manch­ester City as well.

“It is a long time ago – it seems like a life­time ago. Strange things can al­ways hap­pen in foot­ball so you never know.

“To­wards the end of the sea­son I will see what sit­u­a­tions arise and take it for­ward from there.”

PIC­TURES: Pin­na­cle

ON TAR­GET: Ish­mael Miller scores for Yeovil against Hud­der­s­field

IN­COM­ING: Stu­art Pearce

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